Deep Ocean Exploration Research Hosts Hackathon for Women & Girls


Woman-Owned Deep Ocean Exploration Research 
Hosts Fishackathon


Come hack and camp alongside prototype submersibles and remote operated vehicles at this Fishackathon being run for women and girls at the home of Deep Ocean Exploration Research in Alameda, California.
Teams will be working to create an App to solve some of the toughest problems facing our oceans.  Over 40 sites around the globe will also be competing in the Fishackathon on Earth Day weekend, April 23-24, 2016.
With DOER Marine based right on the water in a location that is considered "Inventor's Row,"  you and women and girls from the area will spend the weekend meeting new friends, listening to speakers from the ocean world, and of course hacking our hearts out to protect our oceans.

Saturday will be kicked off with a Q&A hosted by hackathon organizer Kaki Flynn with inventor and engineer Liz Taylor, who tested the life support system for James Cameron's submersible, built a remote operated vehicle to explore the polar regions and has built parts for submersibles for decades.

A NASA representative was on hand to talk about NASA and the ocean during a lunchtime talk on Saturday, and Ocean Country author and Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding Board Member Liz Cunningham will give a talk at dinner.
More on DOER Marine:
The Fishackathon, supported by the U.S. Department of State, has big-name supporters such as Richard Branson's Virgin Group. 
"Liz and I both agreed it was huge for girls to see that women can build submersibles, and be the CEO of a company that builds world-class equipment for exploring not just the ocean but the waterways that cross the United States shore-to-shore. You need knowledge of both software and hardware to explore the underwater world; whether we are talking about the Hoover Dam, the ocean floor or the marshlands."


Submersibles, Code For Fish & Other Rad Things
Come spend Earth Day Weekend at the place where world-famous ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle and her daughter and engineer Liz Taylor build submersibles and other ocean tools used for ocean expeditions, all while building an app with friends to help save the ocean.
With an option to spend the night at DOER Marine as well as a speakers that include a NASA Aquanaut, an Ocean Explorer and an Astronomy lesson, this is the coolest way to spend Earth Day Weekend.
Located on the water near San Francisco, Berkley and Oakland, DOER Marine is a 12,000 Innovation Lab in Alameda, California.
Richard Branson's Virgin Group is offering $10,000 in prizes, and we will have local prizes as well.
The focus is on women & girls in STEAMD, but will have guys running teams and mentoring,  so allies are most welcome.
  • 4/23 (Sat) 9am -> 4/24 (Sun) 1pm 
  • Submersible Prototypes built here; like hanging out in Museum but stuff is REAL.
  • For example, will see arms & system used to test life support system for James Cameron submersible.
  • Option to spend night on Saturday
  • Fishackathon is global competition with 40 sites put on by U.S. Dept. of State
  • $10,000 prizes provided Richard Branson's Virgin Group
  • NASA speaker
  • NASA Astronomy lesson Saturday night for people that stay
  • All Hands on Deck: Beginners to Experts Welcome & Needed
EXPLORERS ORGANIZE CODE FOR FISH WEEKEND

Liz Taylor
Ocean Explorer, Engineer
CEO of Deep Ocean Exploration Research
Team Built part of  James Cameron's Submersible
One of only women on planet that runs a submersible company
Kaki Flynn
Professional Explorer
Outward Bound Instructor, Ski Patrol (Rookie, on Snowboard), Surf Instructor & more
Leadership Trainer & Team Builder
Tech Team for multiple Olympic Games
Software Trainer; worked with Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, IBM & More
Liz and Kaki are both excited to be hosting a Hackathon with a focus on women and girls.
Men and boys that want to come as allies are most definitely welcome; and can bring teams and fully participate in all parts of the hackathon and competition.
"Liz and I both agreed it was huge for girls to see that women can build submersibles, and be the CEO of a company that builds world-class equipment for exploring not just the ocean but the waterways that cross the United States shore-to-shore.
You need knowledge of both software and hardware to explore the underwater world; whether we are talking about the Hoover Dam, the ocean floor or the marshlands."
Questions?
PS: If you aren't sure:
REALLY?
About coming and playing with SUBMERSIBLES?
And sleeping in a room filled with SUBMERSIBLES.
And building an app to protect, save and celebrate our oceans.
A NASA Speaker. 
Seriously. Sign-up.
Cancel those other whatever plans, and we will see you there.
SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, 4/23
9am
Check-in, Meet other hackathon people
10am
Liz Taylor, Q&A about building submersibles, ocean exploration
Tour of DOER Marine
Get inside actual submersible. Super fun.
NOON
Lunch
NASA Speaker
12:30 - 6pm
Hack the Ocean! Work on App Problem Statements
Teams: 2 minimum size
6pm:
Get set up for those who want to spend the night. Hackers allowed to stay as long as they want. Teams can continue working here.
Darkish:
NASA Inspired astronomy lesson right outside doors of Marina, right on water.
4/24 Schedule
9 am 
Light breakfast

Liz Cunningham, author of Ocean Country, to talk about almost dying during an ocean expedition and finding peace and beauty with the ocean that almost killed her.
FAQs
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Free parking! Gates open at 8 am 
What do I need for hackathon?
  • Mobile phone
  • Paper & Pen, Dry Erase Board
  • Extention cords if you have (we provide plenty of power strips, but just in case)
  • No coding skills necessary; but feel free to bring any suggestions you have for best tools for buillding Apps from Beginners to Experts
  • WATER BOTTLE: This is a no waste event, so pack your favorite water-bottles and bring extras to share.
  • Tupperware & fork/spoon for food. Spoon usually covers everything.
  • Sleeping bag, pillow. Can bring inflatable mattresses for sleep. Tents ok too!
  • Snacks & Food. Basic refrigerator is provided.
  • NOTE: We will have basic food, but with a free event like this, numbers can get hard to count so recommend bringing back-up food
What can/can't I bring to the event?
No drugs, alcohol or tobacco allowed inside the marina gates. 
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No! I would rather you not print it out. Showing on your mobile phone is fine; or we can pull it up at the event.
Note:This is an easy commute from Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley and The Bay Area, so head on over!

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