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SF hacks

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List your project(s)/hack(s) to demo here! The order listed will be the order in which you present.


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  1. Include a short NAME for your hack 
  2. Briefly describe your hack
  3. Write the names of EVERYONE who worked or provided valuable input to your hack (it is important that every hacker is listed here - you'll see why later :)




Data visualisation that demonstrates the cost efficiency of using a space elevator compared to using traditional rockets. Find out how much money we could save if we wanted to lift fictional spacecraft into geostationary orbit!




Fancy Pigeons is a strategy game in which players must selectively breed a flock of pigeons to bypass a series of obstacles.  The object of the game is to get as many pigeons as possible through the course, with points awarded for each offspring that clears a challenge. Because players can see the queue of upcoming obstacles, they can choose breeding pairs which will produce offspring with both short- and long-term fitness. Mendelian genetics is faithfully represented, and in order to succeed, the player must maintain genetic variability in the population through heterozygosity while optimizing for a specific phenotype.


Richard Price

Ashish Mahabal

Bala Ramamurthy

Jessica Polka

Lil Fritz-Laylin

Liam Holt

Meredith Carpenter


Science Walk - Trivia Game for Science Education http://science.loqi.me/

Built with Geoloqi


The intent of this game is to get people to pay attention to the world around them by answering location-based questions related to education and science. Players can sign up to receive questions through SMS as they walk through town. When they answer questions, they get points. Those with the highest scores are listed on a leaderboard. In the future, one will be able to make their own layer of science questions, history or any topic of their choosing, and Geoloqi will allow users to subscribe to that game layer from their phones and/or the web. Players use a GPS Tracker made by Instamapper to play the game. It can run on most phones, including Blackberry, Android, iPhone and Palm. Ideal for both groups and solo adventures. 



Amber Case

Aaron Parecki

Kevin Rohling

Liam Holt

Megan Mansell

Devin Drew

Pete Forsyth

Ashish Mahabal

Jennifer Monfrans

And others! (add your name if you contributed to this hack - especially if you helped make questions!)




Visualising the dance of the planets.

     Paul Mison




OpenPCR: Hackable PCR machine

Different approaches to using biotechnology every day

Tito Jankowski
Josh Perfetto

Lisa @adora


Will Reinhardt

Jarl Nilsson





DNA Tie - Science is with us every day 

Built with Auduino, Duck Tape, Imagination and a lot of help from other hackers 


The project is to inspire people thinking of biological sciences in our daily life. For example, DNA is not only import to life, it is fun to with interact with. A message is encoded in our tie the same way DNA is coding for a human gene. The message of the day is "Science Hack Day".  It can be can be changed as desire. Suggest your ideas. 



Dawei Lin





Special thanks to David Harris for all the electronics support and ideas. 





Particle wind chime


Turn a particle detector into a custom instrument with the fundamental interactions of the universe playing that instrument. Using data from the world's particle colliders, each collision event will play its detector, which can be configured exactly how you want. You define your instrument based on how it reacts to the properties of colliding particles and explore the fundamental laws of the universe through sound. Listen carefully and you might discover the Higgs boson!



Watching the windchime


A follow-on hack that hooks into the Particle Wind Chime: A plug-in USB device that projects colors based on the wind chime sonification of particle physics collisions.


David Harris (@physicsdavid)

Passive Wireless Data Display Appliance with Arduino

 a passive summary of anything you want at different times of the day---an appliance that glows green in the morning as your stock portfolio climes, red during the day as the local energy grid get taxed, and pulsating blue at night because that's just what makes you feel cozy.


  • Josh Bloom profjsb@gmail.com
  • Christopher Stumm @stumm  
  • Jay Freeman 
  • Lisa Ballard @BasilLeaf 



A New P-value Correction in R and Analyst


In this project we implemented Wayne Xu’s recently published multiple testing correction using APIs from the R project and Genedata Analyst. The method mitigates false negatives from microarray analysis of thousands of genes simultaneously, and Analyst makes for easy visualization and selection of results.


Contributors at Science Hack Day 2010, SF: 

Devin Lee Drew dld <- pobox.com

Megan Mansell Williams meganmansell <- gmail.com


Idea contributors not on site:

Peter Haberl (History Slides of Student's T-test)

Arnd Brandenburg (Suggestion to implement this as an R integration)


Authors of paper:

Wayne WenZhong Xu

Clay J Carter





Grassroots Mapping


Balloons! Many feet in the air! Cameras strapped to them! Photo stitching! Aerial map!






Stephanie Vacher

Eden Sherry

Paul Mison

Brett Heliker


Android Participatory Exploration


This hack is focused on bringing science payloads onto low cost android based robotics platforms. We have built a low cost spectrograph, started an android app, and hacked a couple of robotic platoforms that would be candidate rovers to host the spectrometer. This hack is part of an ongoing effort at NASA Ames Research Center focused on bringing hands-on robotics and science experience to young students, allowing them to participate in NASA field sceince missions with low cost robotic science platforms. These platforms will in turn help to lower the cost of some NASA missions.






David Burchanowski

Geoff Chu

Matt Everingham

Matthew F. Reyes

Paul Mans

Jade Wang

Christine Dudley



 Near Earth Object Lamp


An arduino hooked up to a Near Earth Object feed will light up a desk lamp every time an asteroid flies by.

Nathan Bergey

Ariel Waldman

Kate Arkless Gray


$10 Fluorescence microscopy


Patrik D'haeseleer


Space Feed


A feed of awesome space events based on location.


Why the hack?

     Current astronomy sites have complicated design or are overly technical for the casual observer. Typically lat/long is needed to figure out what is available in the night sky. Phones and browsers can take advantage of location and notification services to make the experience easy and passive for the user.


Visible with:

     - Naked eye

     - Binoculars

     - Telescope


Specify distance:

     - 5 miles, 15 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles etc.


Types of events:

     - Meteor showers

     - ISS flyover (transit, i.e. flying in front of the sun/moon)

     - Other satellites

     - Iridium flares

     - Auras

     - Planets

     - Constellations

     - What else is interesting? How do you take a data set and classify an astronomical event "interesting" without human input? Can you?


Visibility considerations: 

     - Weather

     - Light pollution


Nice to Haves:

     - Best viewing spots in your area based on weather/altitude/other factors

          i.e. I am willing to travel X distance to see Y event. Return: "It's cloudy in San Francisco, go to Mt. Tam to see the Persieds meteor shower."

     - Localize measurements based on location or OS language/format.



     - Web based (ideal, open) OR

     - iPhone app (more possibility? visibility/distribution?)


Data sets:

     - ISS tracking data in web format - Created at London Science Hack day (XML file of ISS location): http://randomorbit.net/

     - TLE data for all satellites http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/master.asp 




  • Lindsay Eyink, @leyink - general idea
  • Ben Ward, @benward - 
  • Paul Mison, @blech - space geek who has done this with OverLondon
  • Ariel Waldman, @arielwaldman - general idea




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