Get a bunch of scientists and geeks in a room together for 48 hours straight and you’re bound to get something interesting (Cold fusion? Laser-guided sharks?). Exactly what that might be and how it would be used remain open questions, but the compression of time, location and intensity — a sort of pressure cooker for creativity — is what Science Hack Day aims to create. It’s an interesting model.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation thought so, too, and that’s why they’ve given Science Hack Day a grant for expansion. Ariel Waldman, Institute for the Future research affiliate and Science Hack Day SF creator, will announce the expansion today at OSCON (we got her blessing to share the news a little early). Here’s how Waldman says the new money will be put to use:
10 people from around the world will be selected to win a scholarship for a trip to Science Hack Day San Francisco 2011 where they’ll experience first-hand how Science Hack Day works and connect with a global community of organizers. This Science Hack Day Ambassador Program will award individuals who are motivated and planning to organize a Science Hack Day in their city.
Further details on the Ambassador program are available at the Science Hack Day website.