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April 24-26, 2020
The Embarcadero Building
Fair Park, Dallas
Make something
your mom would
be proud of.

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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?
EarthxHack takes place from April 24-26 and is a 36-hour event. You can arrive Friday anytime after 12pm to attend Learn, Dream, or Build. Dream starts at 6pm Friday and goes until 10am Saturday, and Build starts at 9am Saturday. Stay tuned on our social media pages!
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?
We are pleased to be able to provide travel reimbursements this year to our out of town visitors. You will need to apply for travel reimbursement in your application. ⚠️ Reimbursement is not guaranteed unless we explicitly tell you that you are eligible. ⚠️ Please only apply for travel reimbursement if you cannot attend without it – we want to enable as many people as possible to join us. Your reimbursement amount and method will be determined by your distance to the event. In an effort to be environmentally friendly, if selected to receive reimbursement, we will reimburse carpools within 500 miles of driving distance (minimum of 2 participants in the car) and flights for distances over 500 miles. Don’t have a car? The bus is OK too. Somehow found a train in Texas? That’s cool too! Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse accommodation or meals/other expenses beyond your primary transportation ticket or gas receipts. In addition, the maximum reimbursement amount under any circumstance is $250 (but we will communicate your limit to you individually). International visitors are more than welcome and we can provide letters for visa purposes, but unfortunately, we cannot offer you any more than $250 under any circumstances.
Where will it be?
EarthxHack will be held at the Embarcadero Building in Fair Park in Dallas, TX from April 24-26, during Earthx2020.
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?
A hackathon is an experience to build something new within a set amount of time. Therefore, you cannot work on past projects. However, using your own open-source or third-party libraries is fine, so long as the project is new.
What kind of hardware will you have?
We will have a variety of hardware available for use. A full hardware list is Here (airtable link)! If you would like to suggest/request hardware you would like to see at the event we encourage you to fill out this form(Form link). We also encourage you to bring your own hardware to the event. Hardware will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
What can I win?
We offer a prize pool of over $10,000 for this event. Prizes can be won at Dream and Build. If you are a participant at Dream and you carry over your idea to Build, everyone on your final team for Build is eligible for additional “Dream + Build” prizes. In addition, sponsors and partners may offer their own challenges – check back soon for more.
Will there be buses to EarthxHack?
No, unfortunately, we will not be providing buses to any regions for EarthxHack this year. However, travel reimbursements are available!

Friday, April 24th
  • 2:00 PM
    Phase 0: Learn
  • 12:10 – 12:25 PM
    Lightning Talk 1 – No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health, Quality Education
  • 12:30 – 1:15 PM
    Workshop 1 – The Hackathon Mindset: Being Resourceful
  • 1:35 – 1:50 PM
    Lighting Talk 2 – Gender Equality, Reduced Inequality, Peace, Justice, Institutions
  • 1:55 – 2:40 PM
    Workshop 2 – Hackathon Starter Kits
  • 2:45 – 3:00 PM
    Lightning Talk 3 – Clean Water, Affordable Energy, Responsible Consumption, Climate Action
  • 4:20 – 4:35 PM
    Lightning Talk 4 – Decent Work/Economic Growth, Industry and Innovation, Partnerships for Goals
  • 5:45 – 6:00 PM
    Lightning Talk 5 – Sustainable Cities, Life Below Water, Life on Land
  • 6:00 PM
    Phase 1: Dream
  • 9:00 – 11:00 PM
    Ideation and Design Thinking Workshop
Saturday, April 25th
  • 1:00 – 1:30 AM
    Researching Workshop
  • 3:00 – 3:45 AM
    Real Hacker Hours: An Introduction to Hackathons
  • 10:00 AM
    Phase 2: Build
  • 9:30 AM
    Doors Open
  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM
    Registration & Check-In
  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM
    Light Breakfast Refresh for Newcomers
  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM
    Opening Ceremony
  • 11:45 AM
    Hacking Begins
  • 12:00 PM
    Hardware Lab Opens
  • 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
    Team Building and Ideation Session
  • 12:30 – 2:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM -10:00 AM (Sunday)
    Scavenger Hunt
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM
    Photo Booth
  • 7:00 – 8:30 PM
  • 9:00 – 9:30 PM
    Treat Yo’ Self! (Facemasks, Good Vibes)
  • 9:30 – 10:30 PM
    Hackathon Organizer Meetup
  • 10:30 – 11:30 PM
    Late Night Snack – Boba
  • 11:30 PM – 12:30 AM
    Hot Bytes
Sunday, April 26th
  • 1:00-1:30 AM
    Bob Ross MS Paint Party
  • 2:00-2:30 AM
    Late Night Snack
  • 2:00-2:45 AM
  • 2:00-7:00 AM
    Quiet Hours (Shhhh)
  • 7:00 – 11:00 AM
    Barista (Coffee)
  • 8:00 – 9:30 AM
  • 8:30 – 8:45 AM
    Play ‘How to Submit’ Video
  • 9:30 AM
    !!! * Project Submissions Due * !!!
  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM
    ‘How to Win’ Workshop
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Expo – General Judging
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Expo – Sponsor Challenge Judging
  • 12:00 PM
    Hardware Lab Closes
  • 12:00 PM
    Hacking Ends
  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM
  • 1:00 – 1:15 PM
    Final Pitch Briefing
  • 1:00 PM
    Hardware Return Final Call
  • 1:30 – 2:15 PM
    Final Presentations
  • 2:15 – 3:00 PM
    Closing Ceremony
  • 2:45 – 3:00 PM
  • 3:30 PM
    Doors Close (cya next time!)


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