Capsule: hack with us, save the planet

Capsule: hack with us, save the planet

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This is a guest post by Sarah Sharif, Founder Experimental Civics and Director of Capsule.  ATA has partnered with Experimental Civics to help host the world’s largest in-person hackathon dedicated solely to tackling our climate crisis. 


Our planet is standing on the precipice of irreversible damage. At COP 21 in Paris on December 12, 2015, parties to the UNFCCC reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.

Reaching these ambitious goals will require appropriate mobilization of youth, a provision of financial resources, a new technology framework, and an enhanced capacity-building.

Experimental Civics, an innovation consultancy, decided to lead the charge by launching a world record-breaking hackathon to tackle climate crisis. Sarah Sharif, Founder of Experimental Civics and Director of Capsule shared, “hackathons are action-oriented, community-driven, human-inspired events. Capsule hopes to catalyze the world forward to produce collaborative solutions for our crisis..” Austin Tech Alliance is proud to be a Community Partner for this tremendous effort.

Capsule will be hosted in Austin, Texas on June 20-21, 2020 and will draw a crowd of over 4,000 people with diverse skill sets, including individuals from government organizations and university students, engineers, full stack developers, urban planners, community organizers, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, educators, and more.

Attendees will select one of the event challenges to design around and produce a solution for over the 48-hour window.

The six main challenges will be to explore pain-points at the intersection of the Environment and one of the following categories: Art, Energy, Cities, Education, Health, and Food.

The 6 challenges in more detail:

Experimental Civics seeks to remind people of the beauty of our planet, through projects such as sustainable decor or redesigning damaged material from a disaster to be re-used by the community to textile sourcing, we are taking ideas from fashion to photography to music.
Projects around growing healthy food, tackling mobility for food deserts and scarcity, and developing smart sensors for composting.
Projects around how to power our global planet safely, sustainably, and without detriment to our resources.
Projects for smart cities initiatives from sourcing clean water and energy to ensuring sustainable building practices
We’ll be hacking projects from maternal health products, fitness, to water sanitation.
Fake news is often falsely equivocated with fact, which is a scary reality. We want to ensure the general public and those who stand to inherit the planet acquire information that is accurate and transparent.
Hack with us, save the planet, volunteer, and more at:

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