By Daniel Neilson
The FSC Hackday is an event being hosted by the Field Studies Council at thecentre in Slapton Devon, from the 18th to the 20th of May. Attendents are going to spend the weekend trying to build new tools for outdoors based education, and sharing knowledge between educators, scientists, developers and designers to open a new field of software.
A Hack Day is a 48-hour-all-night event that brings together an array of people, from scientists to developers (and anyone with good ideas) in the same physical space for a brief but intense period of collaboration, hacking, and building 'cool stuff'. A hack is a quick solution to a problem - maybe not the most elegant solution, but often the cleverest.
To get excited and make things!
Organisers want to bring together the different threads of tech to enable us to interact with the Big Wide World in smart, inspiring, thought-provoking ways. The idea is to get contributions from universities, commercial mapping, environmental agencies, technologists, coders who are GIS nuts, ruggedised tablet gurus and mobile wizards. We'll put you up for a weekend of hacking out at Slapton Ley Field Centre, with a 'Learn, Make, Test & Showoff' structure. There will be plenty of capturing of prototypes, concepts and documentation of some outstanding educational software/hardware created to turn fieldwork in to a full blown 21st century beacon of cool tech.
If you’d like to join them for an intense weekend of prototyping and developing a new generation of educational tools for taking the classroom into the field and the field into the classroom, then take a look at the Lanyrd guide to the day, register your interest, and then look at the FSC website page on it and sign up with Eventbrite.
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In addition to the host and core sponsor of the event, the Field Studies Council, we are receiving generous help from our friends at Mozilla, and they are hosting our review session on the 30th of May at the London Mozspace.
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