#CodeForFish: Monterey Bay Aquarium Seeks Tech Talents for Earth Day Weekend Fishackathon

Mar 17, 2016

Calling all coders (and designers and project managers, too)!

The U.S. State Department and the Monterey Bay Aquarium need your talents for a project supporting marine wildlife and ocean health.

It all takes place during a Fishackathon in Monterey over Earth Day weekend, from Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24.

The aquarium will provide meals and sleeping space in its exhibit galleries for two nights as Fishackathon participants #CodeForFish – with the aquarium’s living exhibits as inspiration.

It’s a chance for the teams, working simultaneously across more than 40 cities internationally, to use their tech skills to tackle several challenges selected by the U.S. State Department.  The hope: that the ideas developed during the Fishackathon will support sustainable small-scale fisheries around the world. The best solutions will be eligible for worldwide grand prizes.

The global winning team will be announced on World Oceans Day on June 8, 2016 and will receive a $10,000 cash prize. In addition, one team’s creation will be further independently developed through a U.S. government contractor. Prize-winning entries will be determined by a panel of fisheries experts and technologists.

A team from the UC Berkeley School of Information hosted by Monterey Bay Aquarium won the top prize during the 2014 Fishackathon.

Now in its third year, the Fishackathon is a public-private partnership that aims to capitalize on the expansion of mobile phone and Internet use across the developing world to address sustainable fishery challenges. The annual event calls on coders, designers, project managers and science enthusiasts to create new applications and tools for use on mobile phones and other devices. The big-picture goal is to help fishing communities work smarter, safer and more sustainably.

Learn more, and register for the Monterey Bay Aquarium #Fishackathon.

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The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.