Smithsonian Hackathon Prize Gaming Challenge

September 26 – 27, 2015

8:00 AM Saturday – 7:00 PM Sunday

Event Location: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, 10th street & Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20560

Register: http://go.si.edu/site/Calendar/2125831160?view=Detail&id=100941

Are you inspired by nature? Are you a gamer? Can you design or hack? This hackathon is meant for you.

We are calling on all bio-inspired game developers to help us solve a challenge. We camera-trap wildlife. Actually, our venturesome citizen scientists deploy remote sensing cameras for us at thousands of forested locations. They collect and tag millions of photos and capture images of wildlife undisturbed by people. Our researchers use the data to untangle the interactions between wildlife species, the effects of human activities on wildlife and to gain a better understanding of wildlife communities. We think a creative and fun game using camera-trapped images of wildlife could spark interest in youths and help anyone identify wildlife anywhere in the world. Challenge details will be given at the event, after all, this is a competition! The winning team will receive $5,000 for delivery of a web ready game, which the Smithsonian will integrate into the eMammal website. More information will be sent to each team that registers for the event. Registration is free.

This Prize Challenge Hackathon is sponsored by eMammal with support from a Smithsonian Youth Access Grant. eMammal is a collaboration between Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and National Zoo, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. We are dedicated to inspiring curiosity, driving discovery, sharing knowledge about the natural world, and saving wildlife.

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