What is EARTHACK at Earth Day Texas?

In case you missed the news, Dallas/Fort Worth is home to HackDFW, the largest student and professional hackathon in the United States. Last year’s event hosted about 1,700 students, and welcomed Dallas’ own John Carmack (creator of Doom, Quake, etc.) and other local celebs as judges. HackDFW continues to grow its team, adding Adam Edward as CMO.

For those not completely familiar with the idea, Hackathons are a group of passionate people, sometimes just a few, the get together to bring new ideas to life within a specified time frame. There’s generally a focus (IoT, AI, VR, or a sponsored technology), but general hackathons are also a thing.

Ideally team members start from scratch of never before attempted project, and build as much as possible within 24 hours. This is the traditional HackDFW format, and it consumed Gilley’s in The Cedars.

This year, HackDFW is partnering with Earth Day Texas for the first ever EARTHACK, a 36-hour hackathon to harness the power of technology to solve real world problems.

EARTHACK is a combined effort to bring technology and real-world environmental issues under one roof, to spur creative thinking and innovative concepts that can be implemented for use around the world; in government agencies, environmental organizations and within prominent industry-leading businesses.

As our city continues to push the envelope on innovation, it’s important, and now more than ever that we integrate as many communities as possible. Colleges and universities, K-12, and non-traditional schools like montessori and unschoolers have a significant role to play in our region.

Hopefully you can find 36 hours to contribute your time, passion, and ideas to solving the world’s problems. If it’s not for you, then share this story with friends… the world is counting on people just like you to drive innovation forward.

Previous HackDFW stories at Launch DFW: Mark Cuban to Judge at Hack DFW Event this Spring, Dallas Talent Shines at SXSW Music Hackathon

HackDFW is a 501(c)(3) Texas nonprofit and a leading technology-driven events and consulting firm dedicated to enabling, educating, and empowering people in technology. HackDFW primarily host Hackathons for students and professionals, in partnership with nonprofit organizations and influential fortune 500 corporations, to promote business growth, entrepreneurship and modernization of the world. Some notable companies we’ve worked with before are Cisco, AT&T, Microsoft, Sabre, IBM, Intuit, Oculus Rift, State Farm and SapientNitro.

Earth Day Texas (EDTx) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes a positive impact on the environment through education, events and curating a public platform for sustainable thought leadership. Founded in 2011 by philanthropist Trammell S. Crow, EDTx brings together community, business, policy, education and technology innovation to help create a greener future. In 2016, Earth Day Texas hosted over 130,000 visitors, 800 exhibitors and 300 speakers at Dallas Fair Park.

  • Michael Sitarzewski is the Publisher of Launch DFW, co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc., makers of inboundgeo. He is a veteran entrepreneur (and a TechStars Cloud alum) with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Sitarzewski has been a part of the internet startup culture since 1994 and has had two exits along the way. After a seven years in the Boulder, Colorado startup community, Michael returned to Dallas, Texas, in 2013 where he’s focused on growing and increasing the visibility of the burgeoning Dallas startup community. He is the EIR at The DEC, a mentor in the RevTech accelerator, and leads several events in the Dallas area. Sitarzewski considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.

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