Designers, Artists, Writers, and Makers Join Science x Kickstarter Hackathon

Join a weekend of collaboration and creativity — scientists, artists, designers, writers, and makers working together to bring their ideas to life

Who should apply? You’re an amateur or professional scientist with a strong idea but are finding it challenging designing a compelling Kickstarter project. You’re an artist, designer, writer or maker who wants to use your skills to help bring a project to life in a field you love — science!

How will this work?
Pitch your project idea in the form of a Kickstarter project draft. You can get started here. Make sure you fill out at least the project description, but the more information you provide, the better. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just a rough sketch of what you plan to do.
Designers, artists, writers, and makers: Sign up for the event on Eventbrite and include a short statement about what drives your excitement to participate, or a link to a project you love with a paragraph about why you love it. Bonus points for both!

We’ll get back to you with a list of projects that need collaborators. The event will be held at ITP. Food and beverages will be provided. Members of Kickstarter’s Outreach team will be available to guide the selected projects to launch, fulfillment and beyond!

Why are we doing this?
We want to help. In the spirit of ITP, this event will help unite scientists with designers, artists, writers and makers; folks that are passionate about bringing new ideas to life. The Kickstarter Outreach team will also offer help with conveying your compelling idea in a way that appeals to a general audience.
Support is out there. The science community on Kickstarter is comprised of young makers, experienced enthusiasts, and many more. They’re eager to support and offer feedback, scientists just need to get your story out there!
Science is for everyone. Everyone has a stake in exploring the world around them. Science provides the explanations for what we discover. We can work together across disciplines to help bring those ideas to life!

Scientists: Email your project preview link to with the subject line SCIxKSR submission. Project drafts must be submitted by 10am EST Monday, January 26. Your acceptance will be confirmed by end of day Friday January 30.  Support towards travel and accommodation available for scientists based outside New York. If you require travel or accommodation support, include a rough breakdown of your costs along with why support is needed in the Risks and challenges section of your project draft.
Designers, artists, writers, and makers: The Eventbrite will be open for signups until 10am EST Friday, February 20.

• You must have a passion for science, art, design, writing or making and be able to commit the entire weekend of February 28-March 1 to the event.
• You must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• If you are a scientist with a project idea, you or a member of your team must meet Kickstarter’s Creator Requirements.

Organizers & Sponsor: Aurora Thornhill, Kickstarter; Nancy Hechinger, ITP, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; François Grey, Citizen Cyberscience Centre, University of Geneva; Special thanks to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for sponsoring the event

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