EcoTech Visions and Florida International University’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) with the Institute of Water and Environment (InWE) and Sea Level Solution Center (SLSC) held the second annual Miami Hacks Climate Change hackathon from April 5th-7th of 2019, the event brought together artists, hackers, scientists, students and concerned citizens to develop compelling games to educate humanity about the consequences of climate change.
Miami Hacks Climate Change challenged hackathon participants to create science-informed, entertaining scenarios to educate citizens about the impact of their actions through the medium of game playing. The hackathon was professionally recorded and broadcast for concurrent participation by a world-wide Facebook Live audience. We hope to begin a global movement to support the development of a unique genre of ClimateChampions (C2) climate games.
The hackathon kicked off with workshops on artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and game design. For 36 hours participants worked in teams to brainstorm, develop their ideas and produce prototypes that were to be presented to a panel of judges, including Bill Malcolm, Regional Director of Cleantech Open Southeast and Malou C. Harrison, President of Miami Dade College’s InterAmerican and North Campuses, on Sunday afternoon. Cash prizes were awarded to teams led by professionals and teams led by students. The public was invited to view the award presentations on Sunday afternoon, and participate in our Green Expo, featuring community climate and sustainability organizations, live art and demonstrations. The night ended with Vibez, a green-themed afterparty, where attendees were enveloped in a kaleidoscope of interactive art, music, science and technology, while sipping on themed cocktails and delicious local bites.