Hacking the Climate Crisis: Environmental Hackathons as Climate Action
Hackathons are a largely untapped model of climate action. The hackathon model of rapid innovation where prototypes and ideas are demonstrably brought to life over a roughly 24 hour period had not been meaningfully applied to time-sensitive issues such as those created by climate change. We have an opportunity to write the next chapter for hackathons to use technology for environmental action and engagement and to mobilise young scientists and engineers to help stop climate change at its source. Sanjana Paul is the co-founder and executive director of Earth Hacks, an organization that works with university students to create environmental hackathons, and an atmospheric science software developer at NASA's Langley Research Center. She holds a bachelors' degree in electrical engineering and physics, and has worked on research projects ranging from building hardware and writing software for urban air quality monitoring to designing a spectrometer for custom laser sources.
Sanjana is also an industry mentor for The GREEN Program, and has participated in the United Nations' Youth Assembly as a delegate. While still completing her undergraduate degree, she co-founded the Green Robotics Innovation Project (GRIP). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx