Hack for the Sea




Thanks to all Participants!


Hack for the Sea

Challenge outline


The 2nd Annual Hack for the Sea is a three day technology competition where students and professionals form teams to “hack” on the biggest problems facing our oceans today.

We live in extremely volatile times, and it’s often science that pays the price. In addition to the traditional maritime theme, we are encouraging hackers to seek sustainability and longevity in their submissions.

Students, software & hardware engineers, designers, subject matter experts and more are all encouraged to participate in the Hack for the Sea. 


The ocean is easily the biggest, most important thing on planet Earth. Properties like PH levels and algae bloom size can affect every single living thing on earth, so a hackathon focused on it only makes sense. Locally, Cape Ann itself the oldest still-active fishing community in America. it has also been referred to as an “affluent, but underserved” community - good primary school systems but no opportunities, and no four year colleges.

By supporting this hackathon, you can help us directly address all of these problems. Not only will we be able to present the solutions to relevant marine experts, students and professionals will gain experience in teamwork across a generational divide. Last year, we saw hydrophones placed on lobster traps, android apps that communicated with dolphins, as well as a DIY water measurement kit for citizen science.

Event format

The weekend will begin Friday, September 15 at 7pm. There will be a panel discussion about the problem statement of the hackathon: How Can We Conduct Marine Science in Such Volatile Times?​ Specific issues will be revealed in more detail that night. Participants will then form teams and attend a group dinner in downtown Gloucester, MA. On the next day, Saturday September 16, at 10AM, the hackathon will officially begin. For the next 30 hours, the hackers will work on doing what they can in the time allotted to come up with the best solution for the problem at hand.

Throughout the event all the participants will have access to:

● A workspace with high-speed Internet

● Subject matter experts and technical mentors

● Lightning talks and workshops to help teams create the best possible submission

● Catered food on Saturday and Sunday

● An unbelievable view of the harbor

Finally, on Sunday afternoon around 4pm, we will begin final presentations and then judging. Each team will present and a panel of judges will decide the winner. The winning team will receive prize money and a photo opportunity.

Additional information

For more details click the button 'I want to participate', then 'Show details'. Find out more about hackathons in our hackathon section.

Where and when

Gloucester USA
15-17 September, 2017