The U.S. Department of State’s third annual Fishackathon begins today on Earth Day at the American Corner in Batumi, Georgia.
Thirty coders, designers, and science enthusiasts will spend the weekend at the Batumi American Corner to create the best applications and tools to address issues in sustainable fishing. The activity in Batumi is part of the worldwide State Department-organized Fishackathon, a public-private partnership that brings together the U.S. government with the private sector and civil society to answer Secretary Kerry’s call to save our oceans. The competition will end with pitches to a judging panel and prizes will go to the winner and the runner-up. Project partner, IT Academy STEP, will also award prizes in a separate category.
After the Fishackathon ends, a global panel of mobile and fisheries experts will review the winning solution from each site and select grand prize winners, to be announced on World Oceans Day on June 8. One team will receive a $10,000 cash prize, provided by Virgin, and one team’s creation will be further independently developed through a U.S. government contractor.