U.S. Department of State – HackerNest Fishackathon Announcement


HackerNest is pleased to announce a fantastic new partnership with the U.S. Department of State to produce their Fishackathon global hackathon series.

To see the U.S. Department of State’s original, full release, click here.

The U.S. Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) is pleased to announce a new partnership with HackerNest, a nonprofit organization and movement that builds local tech communities worldwide, to carry forward Fishackathon.

First organized by S/GP to coincide with the “Our Ocean” conference in 2014, Fishackathon is a public-private partnership hackathon that aims to capitalize on the expansion of digital solutions to address sustainable fishery challenges. Hundreds of technologists and entrepreneurs around the world spend a weekend competing to build practical tech solutions to endemic problems defined by fisheries experts. Panels of distinguished judges evaluate these demos to select winners from each participating Fishackathon city, awarding the very best team the coveted Global Grand Prize.

Five cities across the United States took part in Fishackathon’s first year. By its third year, Fishackathon had expanded its reach to aquariums, tech hubs, and participants in more than 40 international cities.

2016 Fishackathon hosting cities map

Fishackathon 2016: The third annual hackathon series was in 43 cities, 27 countries, 6 continents.

Fishackathon 2016: The third annual hackathon series was in 43 cities, 27 countries, 6 continents.
A veteran producer of blockbuster cause-hackathons with partners that include Facebook, Airbnb, and the UK and Canadian Governments, HackerNest has run tech community-building events in 33 cities across 14 countries on five continents. The organization’s global reach and mission of economic development through tech proliferation make it uniquely well-positioned to continue growing the Fishackathon crowd-sourcing model and brand.

HackerNest and S/GP will launch Fishackathon 2018 on the weekend of February 10-11.

For more information, please visit—
Fishackathon: fishackathon.co | @Fishackathon
HackerNest: hackernest.com | @HackerNest | fb.me/HackerNest
Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships: state.gov/s/partnerships | @GPatState | fb.me/GPatState
For media inquiries, please contact Anita Ostrovsky at OstrovskyA@state.gov or Shaharris at fishackathon@hackernest.com.