So what exactly is Science Hack Day…
Science Hack Day is a two-day-all-night event where people excited about making weird, silly or serious things with science will come together in the same physical space to see what they can prototype within 48 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. The event is entirely free to attend, organized by volunteers, and supported by sponsors. Taking place at iSpace on the 15th – 16th of August from 9: 00am to 6pm is the Accra Science Hack Day.
FOUR REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BE ANYWHERE ELSE!
• Science Hack Day has taken place in about 25 countries including Cape Town in South Africa, Campinas in Brazil, New York City in the USA and it is finally coming to us in Accra Ghana!
• The event is also an opportunity to make an impact on community. Some of the hacks created go on to make a significant difference in society; e.g. Beard Detector; A device that would detect when someone needed to shave. The hack utilized a USB microscope and an open computer vision library. It was an amusing hack, but one that turned out to be useful as well. A particle physicist who had seen the hack demoed found that it was a genius way to detect cosmic rays in a cloud chamber. This inspiration directly led to the creation of a multi-year student-led research project at Siena College.
• Last of all it’s an opportunity for an experience that will last till the next Science Hack Day! Here’s a quote from Matt Bellis a physicist, attendee of several Science Hack Day had this to say : “This spa weekend is not on some beach or mineral-bath resort village. It’s Science Hack Day. And my involvement in Science Hack Day events over the past few years has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career. It absolutely changed how I looked at my scientific work and how I engage with the general public.”
DON’T miss out on a wonderful experience, hope to see you there!
Author: Jason Asomani, Intern at iSpace Ghana