Wilson Center’s Science & Technology Innovation Program

Science Hack Day DC Summary

In Citizen Science, Governance, News and Events on May 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm
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PoliConnect, the Policy Award winners. In 31 hours the team created a platform to facilitate connection between policy makers and experts advice.

 

We are happy to announce an incredibly successful first-ever DC Science Hack Day!

Quick Statistics:

  • Over 100 people attended
  • Around 15 hackers stayed through the night
  • 13 hacks were produced — details can be found on the wiki here: http://sciencehackday.pbworks.com/w/page/96114032/dchacks2015
  • Incredible gender, age and race diversity. Ages 10 – 80!
  • Government employees were highly represented — with lightning talks from EPA, NIH, State Department, NASA and participants from Department of Commerce, different branches of the military, OMB and NARA

Commons Labs favorite hacks (but they were all so incredible….):

  • LickitySplit — citizen science to the rescue! This team 3D printed the casing for a spectrometer to analyze your spit instantly and visualize the data.
  • If no one hears it — NASA scientists and arts team up to bring you an sound landscape of deforestation using freely available landsat data. Each tone represents a different type of deforestation.
  • PoliConnect — a platform to anonymously connect policy makers with policy experts. The Commons Lab has invited this team to come back to the Wilson Center to demo their hack to a policy audience! Test it out here: http://www.policonnect.org/

Worthy social media streams to check out:

In the coming weeks we will be putting out a publication highlighting each hack and why these types of open participation models are important to every field, not just to science and technology. Stay tuned.

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Our amazing judges for the event (L-R): Lakita Edwards, NEA; Steven Kostant, TidePool Media; Ariel Waldman, Founder Science Hack Day; Beth Beck, NASA; Greg Godbout, EPA

 

REPORT RELEASE: Crowdsourcing and Legal Issues Affecting Federal Agencies

In Citizen Science, Commons Lab, Crowdsourcing, Governance on April 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm

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The Commons Lab is excited to announce a long-anticipated publication by Privacy Lawyer Robert Gellman on Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, and the Law: Legal Issues Affecting Federal Agencies.

This report reviews the legal and regulatory issues that federal agencies face when they engage in citizen science and crowdsourcing activities. It identifies relevant issues that most federal agencies must consider, reviews the legal standards, suggests ways that agencies can comply with or lawfully evade requirements, and discusses practical approaches that can ease the path for federal citizen science and crowdsourcing projects, including procedural activities, cooperative actions, legislative changes, and regulatory adjustments.

The Commons Lab plans to print a policy memo based on the key points in the report, to be released this summer during a Wilson Center event. In addition we will be digitizing the legal work flow that federal practitioners must undertake to comply with federal regulations when beginning a citizen science or crowdsourcing effort. Check back with us soon!

To download the whole report: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/crowdsourcing-citizen-science-and-the-law-legal-issues-affecting-federal-agencies

Event: DC Science Hack Day

In Commons Lab, Crowdsourcing, News and Events on April 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm

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The Commons Lab is excited to announce Washington DC’s first ever Science Hack Day, to be held May 16th & 17th at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Science Hack Day a free, 48-hour event where civic minded and creative people come together to prototype innovative ideas using government data, problem sets, tools, design, and SCIENCE!  Science Hack Day has been 46 times in 17 different countries, but never before in Washington, DC. It is time for the brilliant and passionate people of this nation’s capital came together in the same physical space to see what they can prototype in 48 consecutive hours. Designers, developers, scientists and anyone who is excited about making things for and with science are welcome to attend – no experience in science or hacking is necessary, just an insatiable curiosity.

The mission of Science Hack Day is to get excited and make things with science! People organically form multidisciplinary teams over the course of a weekend: particle physicists team up with designers, marketers join forces with open source rocket scientists, writers collaborate with molecular biologists, and developers partner with school kids. By collaborating on focused tasks during this short period, small groups of hackers are capable of producing remarkable results.

If you would like to join DC’s Science Hack Day, or would like to know more about this exciting event, please visit the official website at: dc.sciencehackday.org

EVENT DETAILS

Sat May 16 9:00am – Sun May 17 4:00pm

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-science-hack-day-2015-registration-15898702447
Directions to the Wilson Center

This event was made possible through the generosity of our sponsors, including the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, and the collaborative power of the Kennedy Center. SHD was created by Ariel Waldman and is an “open source” event, to be replicated in any city!

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