Do you have a coding project that could benefit from collaboration, or software skills you’d like to share? The Open Science Codefest will gather researchers from ecology, biodiversity science, and other earth and environmental sciences with computer scientists, software engineers, and developers to collaborate on coding projects of mutual interest.
Inspired by hack-a-thons and organized in the participant-driven, unconference style, the Open Science Codefest is for anyone with an interesting problem, solution, or idea that intersects environmental science and computer programming. This is the conference where you will actually get stuff done -- whether that's coding up a new R module, developing an ontology, working on a data repository, creating data visualizations, dreaming up an interactive eco-game, discussing an idea, or any other concrete collaborative goal that interests a group of people.
Collaborate with others to conceive, extend, and design software for open science.
Integrate, analyze, and model scientific data to solve pressing environmental issues.
Explore software needs for environmental science, find solutions to vexing software issues.
Put ideas into reality in real time. Prototype open source software for science with others.
The Codefest is yours to customize, organize, and create, with the goal of allowing groups with shared interests to connect organically and to work on projects of mutual interest. The conference will be organized to stimulate productivity and community building, while giving ample opportunities for collaborative coding and design sessions, lightning talks that promote communication among participants as activities unfold, and birds-of-a-feather discussions.