May 9-10, 2014 — NYC / SF / SP / MAD

San Francisco

San Francisco Code for America 155 9th Street
San Francisco, CA


Brooklyn Etsy 55 Washington St.
Brooklyn, NY
11201 (Suite 712)

São Paulo

São Paulo Maloca Rua Itápolis, 591
Pacaembu, São Paulo


Madrid Medialab-Prado Calle Alameda, 15


For nearly three years now, we've been building tools, creating visualizations, and telling stories about our environment and the science that helps us understand and protect it. EcoHack is our attempt to bring together a diverse community of scientists, hackers, designers and other doers that want to tell those stories with us.

And for the first time ever, EcoHack will be a global event, with simultaneous hackathons in New York City, San Francisco, and São Paulo and Madrid.


Need some tools or data? Not sure what to work on? Check out our resources doc for info about great tools and data from sponsors, as well as links to a few interesting data sets and resources across the web.


Check out project pitch presentations:

What is EcoHack?

EcoHack is about using technology to improve and better understand our natural environment, creating things that will have an impact, with no restrictions on how you get there.

In the past, EcoHack has hosted everything from creating data visualizations to building kites. We've seen people crack open a scientific database of plant species and we've seen people try build maps to help share news about forest loss. The format is flexible, the outcomes are meaningful, and the weekend is fun!

Who is this for?

If you're interested in the environment, technology, or both, EcoHack is for you! Do you have some interesting data to share? Are you a crack web developer, mapping expert, or data visualization guru? EcoHack brings together scientists, technologists, and environmental enthusiasts.

p.s. you don't have to be in science or tech to participate. Seriously! We need your ideas and domain expertise, your feedback, and your sanity checks on what gets built.

Commitment to climate change

At EcoHack, we plan to support the work of anyone trying to better educate, understand and prepare for the effects of climate change. We will be selecting some of the best climate change related hacks to include at our global events. If you have a climate related project, we strongly encourage you to submit to one of our three locations. We will support these hack and work hard to ensure you find the legs to continue development after EcoHack weekend.

Have a project?

Want to bring an exciting new project or idea to EcoHack? Make sure it's related to the environment and has clear goals that can be achieved in a single day.

Submit your project now! We'll select a few projects for ignite talks on Friday night, but you can work on whatever you want on Saturday.

Follow the Twitter discussion.


FRIDAY. 6:30PM-9:00PM 5-minute ignite* talks

Have a cool project? Some new or unused data to share? Come tell us about it! (20 slides x 15 seconds) + auto-advance = 5 minutes of enviro-geek fame.

Project submission is closed. Come work on something interesting with us this weekend!

* EcoHack is not affiliated Ignite NYC

SATURDAY. 9:30AM-8PM Hacking with data

This is an unconference, which means that after the Ignite talks on Friday we will divide into small groups on Saturday and actually work on solutions.

Bring your laptop, hardware, balloons, and data and be ready to hack. At the end of the day we all come back together to show off our results.


We are looking for projects that will have positive outcomes, have a positive impact on our environment, or help us better understand our world. Selected projects will be presented on Friday night.

We will be looking for fun and creative projects that will have a clear outcome from a weekend of hacking. Good luck! If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email:

Update: project submission is closed.


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