What is Science Hack Day?

Science Hack Day is a 24 hour all-night event where anyone excited about making weird, silly or serious things with science comes together in the same physical space to see what they can prototype within 24 consecutive hours. Designers, developers, scientists and anyone who is excited about making things with science are welcome to attend – no experience in science or hacking is necessary, just an insatiable curiosity. Read more about it here.

Who is this event for?

This event is for anyone who gets excited about science and hacking, including designers, students, engineers, programmers, scientists, artists, and science-enthusiasts!

Does that include me?

Short answer is: yes!

I don't know enough science.

That's ok! This event is for anyone who appreciates science and wants to spend a weekend having fun with others.

I don't consider myself a hacker!

Hacker is someone who thinks of a quick solution to a problem - maybe not the most elegant solution, but often the cleverest.

I don't know anyone going.

We'll help you find projects and teams. We're also hosting meet and greet meetups where you can connect with other hackers.

I can't think of any project for the event.

That's ok! We'll host meetups before Science Hack Day, and help you get inspired during the event.

I don't think I have the right skills.

It's ok, everyone says that! We'll help you find projects where your expertise and input will be super valuable.

Do you have examples of projects?

You can read about projects from previous Science Hack Days and other hack events from the Projects page.

What tools will be available?

In addition to ample workspace to do projects and wi-fi, there will be basic electronic prototyping equipment available (soldering irons, Arduinos, etc). We will also have multiple 3D Printers on hand. For more demanding projects we have access to nearby makerspaces and fabrication labs and can help facilitate access to specific tools for your prototype..

Is there an age limit for the sleepover?

Yes, the optional sleepover is for those older than 18.

Can children attend too?

Yes, this is a family-friendly event, though, at least one adult must be present in each team.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes! Science Hack Day PDX is an inclusive event based on treating all individuals respectfully, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or software preferences. So please don’t be nasty or mean. Be nice. Be considerate. Be civil. It’s easy.

How can I help?

We have sponsorship opportunities available at several levels and we can accept donations through PSU. And you can help spread the word or volunteer. See Contact for ways to get in touch!