The mission of our Eco Hackathon is to explore and develop approaches to improve urban stream restoration in the Georgia Piedmont, our home region. 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.
Some of the events that are planned are:
· Explore and build apps that can be used to promote awareness of stream and watershed issues and for use in fieldwork
o George Tang, Director of Quality at BetterCloud, 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
o CSU SEEDS regularly participates in outreach events such as school visits, science days, and festivals to promote awareness of local and global ecological issues. We would like to produce an activity that integrates technology with stream ecology related activities.
· Improving Restoration practices in the Georgia Piedmont
o 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 restore our degraded streams.
· Flash Talks
o At the conclusion of our Eco Hackathon, participants will give short 5 minute talks about what they’ve learned, developed, and produced during the hackathon.
CSU SEEDS is a campus chapter of the ESA SEEDS program (Ecological Society of America-Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability). Our mission is to diversify and advance the profession of ecology by promoting opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students (all students) in ecology.