April 24-26, 2020
The Embarcadero Building
Fair Park, Dallas
your mom would
be proud of.
What is EarthxHack?
EarthxHack is a hackathon designed to inspire you to use your creativity, technical thinking, and knowledge to solve real issues plaguing the world today. We want to provide a space to help inspire creative solutions, so you can create inspirational ideas that can be implemented on a global scale. We encourage you to come and join us in making new things and turning the world into a better place!
We look forward to hosting you at EarthxHack, taking place at the world’s largest environmental experience, Earthx2020. Join us from April 24th to the 26th to show off your skills, meet amazing people and help make a difference for the future.
Part 0: Learn
April 24th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
A series of hands-on interactive workshops, talks, and experiences, both in person and live streamed.
Learn is a series of workshops and lightning talks about subjects that are relevant to the world and to this event. You can expect a variety of sessions around technical topics, environmental issues, inspiration for your projects, ideation and coming up with cool thoughts, how to build your projects, and more!
Talks and sessions will be delivered in person at Fair Park and will also be live streamed. You are welcome to join us for any portion of the session. Applications are not required for this portion of the event.
Part 1: Dream
April 24th, 6:00pm – April 25th, 10:00am
An ideation and prototyping competition with no technology.
Dream is a mini-hackathon designed to allow you to focus solely on an idea and its non-technical implementation. Created for those who have limited programming or technical experience and want to participate in helping to make the world a better place through innovative solutions to environmental problems, Dream is the place for you. We’ll offer a complete mini-hackathon experience, where you can join others and come up with new ideas – then design small non-technical prototypes and present them to our judging panel to win prizes. No experience or prior knowledge is required – just your drive to make cool stuff happen.
During Dream, we’ll offer workshops, talks, fun activities, meals and snacks, and that all-night ideation frenzy that hackathons are famous for.
Like your ideas a lot and want to actually make them happen through technology? Carry over your idea into Build, team up with new or the same people, and become eligible for additional prizes in Build.
Part 2: Build
April 25th, 9:00am – April 26th, 4:00pm
A traditional hackathon format, with a twist.
Build is the traditional EarthxHack experience that you’ve come to know and love. We’ve designed a hackathon for you to collaborate and innovate with environmental partners from the festival, as well as your peers and new friends. Come up with interesting technical ideas and implement them to be eligible for prizes.
This year, we’re offering collaboration prizes. Team up with a booth from the festival to work on your project and you can both win prizes. In addition, you can use ideas from our Dream phase to build your own projects. Work with collaborators from Dream and become eligible for additional prizes.
Making a trip to Dallas?
Who can attend?
All creators are welcome! This includes high schoolers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals!
If you’re under 18, you need a signed physical waiver from your parent or legal guardian to attend. We’ll send this to you before the event.
What if I don’t have teammates?
We’ll have a scheduled time where people can form teams after the opening ceremony. Before then, join us at the Asterisk Attendees Page!
Will EarthxHack provide travel reimbursements?
Where will it be?
What should I bring?
Laptops, chargers, cell phones, and of course passion are helpful. Other useful items include: toiletries, a change of clothes, a pillow, some earplugs, an eye mask, a jacket, and…deodorant.
Knives, firearms, and other dangerous things are not permitted at the event.
How big are teams?
Teams are composed of 2-5 people. We recommend a finding teammates with diverse skill sets to cover all the bases of a great idea.
If you’re participating in Dream and Build, you can have a team of up to 8, with a maximum of 5 team members who didn’t participate in both.
How much does this event cost to attend?
EarthxHack is 100% free. We want you to feel welcomed and provide everything you need for an amazing weekend!
Are we allowed to build on past projects?
What kind of hardware will you have?
What can I win?
Will there be buses to EarthxHack?
Friday, April 24th
12:00 PMPhase 0: Learn
6:00 PMPhase 1:Dream
Saturday, April 25th
10:00 AMPhase 2: Build
9:30 AMDoors Open
9:30-11:00 AMRegistration & Check-In
9:30-10:30 AMLight Breakfast Refresh for Newcomers
11:00-11:45 AMOpening Ceremony
11:45 AMHacking Begins
12:00 PMHardware Lab Opens
11:45-12:30 PMTeam Building and Ideation Session
1:30 PM – 10:00 AM (Sunday)Scavenger Hunt
1:00-3:00 PMPhoto Booth
9:00-9:30 PMTreat Yo’Self! (Facemasks, Good Vibes)
9:30-10:30 PMHackathon Organizer Meetup
10:30-11:30 PMLate Night Snack – Boba
11:30-12:30 PMHot Bytes
Sunday, April 26th
1:00-1:30 AMBob Ross MS Paint Party
2:00-2:30 AMLate Night Snack
2:00-5:00 AMQuiet Hours
5:00-7:00 AMQuiet Hours
7:00-11:00 AMBarista (Coffee)
8:30-8:45 AMPlay ‘How to Submit’ Video
9:30-10:00 AM‘How to Win’ Workshop
10:30 AM!!! * Project Submissions Due * !!!
12:00 PMHardware Lab Closes
1:00-3:00 PMEXPO – General Judging
2:00-3:00 PMEXPO – Sponsor Challenge Judging
3:00-3:15 PMFinal Pitch Briefing
3:15 PMHardware Return Final Call
5:00PMDoors Close (cya next time!)
We’d love to hear from you! We are a friendly bunch and open to discussing new ideas, improvements, or partnerships.