February 10-11, 2018: Fishackathon 2018

IOF is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Vancouver site for this year’s Fishackathon!


Taking place on February 10-11, 2018, this event brings together code developers from all walks of life, with researchers in ocean and fisheries science, to work on sustainability related challenges.



In April 2017, the U.S. Department of State asked HackerNest, a global nonprofit organization, to take over Fishackathon – an event originally started by Secretary John Kerry around the Our Ocean Conference in 2014. The State Department weren’t sure they’d get the funding to continue to run it with the new administration in place this year. HackerNest happily took it over, and grew the event from 40 cities last year to nearly 50 this year, which makes Fishackathon one of the world’s largest environmentally-themed hackathons!


But, what is Fishackathon? Well, it’s a coding competition that aims to find creative solutions to help make the world’s fisheries and oceans more sustainable and equitable. This year, Fishackathon is running February 10-11, 2018 around the globe. We are focusing on 3 themes: Sustainability, Marketplace and Enforcement. You can find the global list of challenge sets here.


The Fishackathon in Vancouver will be hosted at the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia.


Join in!

Sound like an event you’d love to be involved in?

What then? You’ll need to form a team and connect to mentors. The Fishackathon community connects on the HackerNest Slack leading up to and during the event. It’s easy. Get your invite at about.hackernest.com/slack, then join the #fh04mentor and #ourcityname (e.g. #vancouver) channels to chat up mentors and participants, form a team, and win at life. P.S. – there’s someincredible global grand prizing at stake 😉

  • Mentor! Mentors are critical as participants are general not “industry” experts. We look for mentors with varying backgrounds, like experts in fisheries management, the environment, IP law, VC’s, tech, entrepreneurs, etc. Mentors should be available most of the weekend, on and off, to connect with participants, answer questions, and help guide participants in the right direction.


  • Judge! Judges can be mentors too, but they don’t have to be! Judges should be leading experts in their field, and should represent an array of expertise, much like mentors. Judges should be available Sunday afternoon.


  • Sponsor! Want to sponsor Vancouver? Fantastic. We’ve attached the Vancouver sponsorship deck here. We’re also looking for catering sponsors, prizing sponsors, and in-kind sponsors. Let us know! It’s a great way to get your brand out there, and support a worthy initiative.


So what are you waiting for?! Get involved in this blockbuster event. Flex your coding skills. Make new friends. Help save the world.

2018 Vancouver City Sponsorship Information on Fishhackathon PDF


Photo Credit: Maarit Lundback from flickr/ Creative Commons