U.S. Department of State Hackathon for Sustainable Fishing

Press Release: Department of State Announces Host Sites for Fishackathon 2016: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/02/252256.htm

Dipnote blog post: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2016/02/12/fishackathon-2016-scaling-inno...

A little about Fishackathon—Fishackathon is a public-private partnership that aims to capitalize on the expansion of mobile phone use across the developing world to address sustainable fishery challenges. The annual Fishackathon event calls on coders from all around the world to come together to create new applications and tools for use on mobile phones, devices, and other end-solutions, which can help fishers work smarter and more safely in sustainable fishing.

The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships organized the inaugural Fishackathon around the Secretary’s Our Ocean conference in 2014. The 2014 Fishackathon took place at aquariums and tech hubs in five cities across the United States, and the 2015 event expanded to twelve cities around the world, including in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The 2015 grand prize winner, Team KnowFish from Atlanta, had the opportunity to present their creation at the Our Ocean conference in Chile this past October. We already have 42 host sites around the world confirmed for 2016 and we expect over 30 to join in for this Earth Day event, that not only raises awareness but creates solutions around this important cause.

Media Note Announcing Fishackathon 2016: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/10/247892.htm

Secretary Kerry addressing coders of 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FgJJY54APM

The finalists from each host site’s creations of 2015: https://fishackathon2015.devpost.com/submissions

The problem statements from 2015: https://fishackathon2015.devpost.com/

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