The deadline for applications to HackSTIR has been extended to Friday 5th July.
HackSTIR is a 5-day immersive hack week to be held at Nesta. Workshop participants will learn about new open source technologies used to analyse, link, and communicate datasets relating to science, technology and innovation research. The week will consist of interactive tutorials, facilitated data exploration, hands-on software development, and guest seminars from domain experts.
The programme will be mostly carried out using the open source programming language, Python. There is no overall minimum skill level required, but participants will get the most benefit if they have some experience with Python and analysis of data relating to science, technology or innovation (or a related field). If you have no experience with Python, proficiency with another programming language will be useful.
Applications will be open until July 5th 2019. There is a £150 registration fee for successful applicants, and attendees are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Financial support is available, based on need. Please get in touch with any questions.
What is a Hack Week?
The hack week model is an emerging alternative to conventional conferences and workshops within the data science community. Hack weeks consist of three core components: tutorials with state-of-the-art open source tools, peer-to-peer learning and collaborative project work. They are designed to provide an immersive and interactive experience, creating the ideal environment for learning and to foster exchange of ideas and knowledge. Hack weeks are a flexible and adaptable format that allow domain knowledge to be blended with data analysis and computational skills, making them an excellent fit for fields with collaborative, diverse communities, and complex, messy data.
The hack week format has been successfully pioneered by the eScience Institute at the University of Washington in the fields of geospatial science, neurology, and astrophysics.