Earthquake Resilience Hackathon

Press Release: What if the Big One Hits? Hacking Earthquake Resilience

San Francisco, CA  – In the technology hub of the San Francisco Bay Area, where the threat of a major earthquake is imminent, coping with the Big One means preparation. Luckily, smart cities, the Internet, and urban data offer unprecedented new opportunities to simulate and plan for disasters such a massive quake.

Data scientists from ETH Zurich FuturICT and UC Berkeley Smart Cities Research Center will join interested citizens for a 12-hour hackathon at swissnex San Francisco to facilitate a resilient local response.
Teams will have one day to propose a solution to an immediate post-quake problem, such as reduced mobile and landline communication, limited water or energy supply, or emergency rescue. Infrastructure and environmental data, as well as other resources, are provided by the Smart Cities Lab.

First-prize winners will receive a flight to Switzerland to meet the FuturICT Planetary Nervous System team, while second- and third-place participants will be offered a chance to present during the netSci2014 conference Systems Resilience in the Digital Society satellite on June 3 at UC Berkeley.

This event event is part of the National Civic Day of Hacking, together with people in 90 other cities around the US, we are helping improve our communities and the governments that serve them.

When: May 31, 2014 – 9:00 am- 9:00 pm
Where: swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St. San Francisco
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About swissnex San Francisco

swissnex San Francisco is a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in science, education, art, and innovation. We highlight the best of Swiss and North American ingenuity and create opportunities for networking among our diverse group of professional contacts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and beyond. swissnex San Francisco is a public-private venture and an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs as an annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

Press Contact

Megan Williams
Head of Communications
swissnex San Francisco
t: (415) 912 5901 x110

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