U.S. Embassy Press Release – Fishackathon

Fishackathon 2016
U.S. Embassy, London
April 19, 2016


The U.S. Embassy is organizing a Fishackathon, April 22-24. The London offices of The Economist will serve as the host venue. The Fishackathon is a U.S. Department of State initiative, launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference to develop usable solutions to address worldwide overfishing. The hackathon brings together computer programmers, fisheries experts and environmentalists to find innovative ways to collect and analyze data, and find solutions for unsustainable fishing practices. An expert panel of judges will evaluate the presentations to select a winner from each Fishackathon contest site.

Fishackathon 2016 is the third annual event, this year 40 cities around the world will be participating. The global award for the winning team is a $10,000 cash award; the local grand prize for the winning team is 2000 GBP ($2850). Last year a London-based team, Fish-a-Tron won the global award. We are hoping that London will win again. There are several organizations partnering with us to support the hackathon, namely, Client Earth, London Aquarium, MCB Sea Foods, MSC, Virgin, WAPA, and Young’s Seafood.

We welcome coders, hackers, technology addicts in London to participate in this exciting challenge, please register at our blog.

Please also check out the Fishackathon YouTube video for London: