So what exactly is an “Eco Hackathon?”
The media is invited to find out on Saturday, Apr. 20 at Clayton State University when Better Cloud and Clayton State’s SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability) chapter, a chapter of the Ecological Society of America SEEDS program, will sponsor the University’s first such event for Clayton State students, faculty and staff.
Planned and organized by Clayton State Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jere Boudell, the Eco Hackathon starts at for 10 a.m. in The LAB (Laboratory Annex Building) on the Clayton State campus on Saturday, Apr. 20.
“It will be an awesome, a fantastic event,” says Boudell.
But what is an “Eco Hackathon?” Well, the mission of an Eco Hackathon is to explore and develop approaches to improve urban stream restoration in the Georgia Piedmont. This Eco Hackathon is a hybrid of traditional scientific approaches to problem solving (i.e., research) and a tech or hackers approach that promotes synergistic and open thinking. Although still a new phenomenon, previous Eco Hackathons have received publicity on several tech sites such as TechCrunch.
Some of the events planned for the Clayton State Eco Hackathon are:
* Explore and build apps that can be used to promote awareness of stream and watershed issues and for use in fieldwork.
* George Tang, director of quality at BetterCloud, a company that writes software for Google, will lead an introductory workshop on app building using MIT’s App Inventor. This will allow participants to better understand the powerful computers they hold in their hands and allow them to construct simple apps.
* Education outreach activities that integrate technology with stream ecology related activities.
* Improving Restoration practices in the Georgia Piedmont.
* Participants will explore and deconstruct current techniques used to “restore” degraded urban streams. Using current ecological knowledge and preliminary research results, participants will be free to explore and develop new approaches to restoring our degraded streams.
Boudell is riverine ecologist and a mentor of Clayton State’s SEEDS chapter for the past seven years, as well as being a self-proclaimed tech devotee. For the past 15 years she’s been investigating traditional and novel approaches to stream restoration, as well as teaching courses in biology, ecology and evolution, integrating math and technology from mathematical to computer modeling. Boudell has also participated in numerous outreach activities to schools and the community.
For more information, contact Boudell at firstname.lastname@example.org