Calling All Hackers

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Fishackathon London, April 22-24, 2016

Event Details

All hackers welcome!  Fishackathon London kicks off on the evening of Earth Day, April 22, 2016 and finishes on April 24. You and your teammates are invited to take part in helping solve some of the world’s most challenging fisheries issues.

Where: The Economist office (20 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London)

When: April 22, 23 and 24!  Arrival time: 5pm. Kick-off at 5:30 pm sharp on April 22; end on 2:30 pm on April 24.

Who: US Embassy London hosting Fishackathon with venue host/event partner The Economist.

What: Register for FREE to compete for $10,000 global prize and £2,000 London grand prize. Register at  Registration closes April 20. fishackathon-mpu-01

Why: With over 40 cities globally participating at the same time this will truly be an epic and potentially world first!  This is a fantastic opportunity to help us realize the dream of sustainable fishing through technology.  Not to mention a great networking opportunity for environmentalists, sponsors and hackers alike. Check out Fishackathon media:

Vital information: Food and drinks will be provided throughout.  We will also send you a list of cheap hotels to stay (once you register); you are welcome to also bring your sleeping bags and toiletries (toothpaste/brush, shampoo, body-wash, towel, etc) if you plan to code through the night!  Nine problem statements will be revealed on April 22. Of the 9 available problem statements, coders will choose 1 problem statement to work on for the entirety of the hackathon. Each host site location will be provided with the same list of 9 problem statements and it is up to each respective team to determine which single problem statement from the list they will work on for the weekend.

Subject matter experts will be on hand to facilitate the hackathon.

Suggested items to bring 

-Your Photo ID is mandatory to gain access to 20 Cabot Square.

-Your gear and hardware you plan to use: Laptop, chargers, networking gear and any other equipment you like working with. If you have a Mac, remember to bring along their adaptor for presentations on Sunday just in case. Please download as much software as you will need in advance to avoid delays.

-For those developing for mobile devices, bring your smartphones and tablets, and any testing devices you might want.

-48 hours is a long time to work, making yourself comfortable will help you be more productive. If you are planning to stay through the night, pack a change of clothes, any personal toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, etc) you may want on site, sleeping bag or blanket and your own pillow.

-We have also launched our Virtual Fishackathon registration page. The Virtual Hackathon was created for those unable to attend the physical host site, either because capacity is maxed or travel to London  is not possible. Please see the link here:

Code For Fish

The annual Fishackathon event calls on computer geeks, coders, computer programmers, software designers, data analysts, creatives, software architects, and technology experts from all around the world to come together to create new applications and tools for use on mobile phones, devices, and other end-solutions, which can help fishers work smarter and more safely in sustainable fishing. Hackers SHOULD register on:

International Prizes

There are 40 cities competing for the coveted Fishackathon global prize! Each Fishackathon host site will nominate a winner using a panel of local judges. Each local winner will then be asked to submit a short video showcasing their creation through the Fishackathon website. A panel selected by the Fishackathon partners will review and select a final winner out of all the local winners and the global winner will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000.

Local Prizes

The winner of Fishhackathon London will receive £2,000 ; annual digital subscription to The Economist for each member of the winning team; and several other prizes will be announced for the runner up teams as well as gifts for all entrants.


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Thank you to our partners for your support!

Client Earth, London Aquarium,MCB SeaFoods, MSC, Virgin, WAPA, Young’s Seafood.