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Welcome To The Hack The Dinos Challenge Wiki!


Held on November 20th to 22nd, 2015 at the American Museum of Natural History, the Hack The Dinos challenge was a 24 hour solution-building event produced by AMNH's BridgeUp: STEM, an educational initiative focused on the intersection of computer science and science with an after-school program for high school girls and underrepresented middle schoolers and the awarding of annual fellowships to women scientists to pursue their research at the museum.

The participants of Hack The Dinos working tirelessly on their projects

25 project teams built 25 working prototypes, working with the museum's Division of Paleontology to create new tools and explore new technologies, helping to advance paleontology and working for the benefit of museums, galleries, libraries, and cultural institutions around the world (OpenGLAM). Video demonstrations of Hack The Dinos projects are available to view on YouTube!

We hope that this challenge wiki will act as a touchstone for other institutions and serve as a guiding vision for the future of paleontology and of museums. Within this wiki's pages you will find descriptions of challenges the Division of Paleontology faces, as well as links to the open source solutions that were created by participants. Just check out each of the challenges for more detail!


(Original Event Text)

Make sure you have accepted your Github invitation and are on a team in the HackTheDinos organization! Your repositories MUST all be created in the Hack the Dinos org.

Sign up for the Slack and join channels related to your challenge / interests.

The Hack The Dinos challenge is a 24 hour solution-building event produced by AMNH's BridgeUp: STEM, an educational initiative focused on the intersection of computer science and science with an after-school program for high school girls and underrepresented youth.

The challenge starts on Saturday, November 21st at 3:00 p.m. and runs until Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00 p.m. Your team will have about 24 hours to build something that solves some (or all!) of a particular problem statement. You may even collaborate with several teams to work on different aspects of the same solution - Hack The Dinos is all about cooperation, not competition. The emphasis is on building working prototypes, not clickable demos; even if your project is incomplete, having a solid foundation to build upon will be a huge step forward for the advancement of paleontology and can benefit museums around the world.

We hope you’ll choose to spend the night with us at the museum -- we’ll have cots and a dedicated sleeping area (just bring your sleeping bag and pillow) if you need your rest -- but if not, you will be able to exit the museum Saturday night and return at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

There will also be family-friendly coding and data science talks and activity stations on Sunday from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Demos will begin at 3:00 p.m. and are open to the public! We hope you’ll want to invite friends, family, and coworkers to see what you’ve built. All Sunday activities are free with museum admission.

Good luck!

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