Hackweek Planning

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The eScience Institute partners with researchers to design hackweeks that are tailored to the unique needs of your community.

What we Offer

We are a small team of staff, researchers and consultants working for and affiliated with the UW eScience Insitute. We combine our experienced in designing and hosting hackweeks with community members who are responsible for generating tutorial and project theme content.

Our Approach


The content of tutorials and project work is created through collaborations among participants and organizers. The role of the eScience Institute is to facilitate these collaborations to maximize creativity and the quality of learning content.


We evaluate and reflect on our programs after each event to learn from success and challenges. We are constantly experimenting with new approaches and responding to the rapidly shifting landscape of open science.


We structure all our team interactions to ensure all voices are heard, and we invite students and early career researchers to lead various components of the hackweek.

Professional Development

eScience trains community partners in best practices of open science, guiding small group interactions, and developing interactive learning content. By “training the trainers” we foster a cohort of skilled practitioners who often lead future events.

The lifecycle of a hackweek involves a period of planning and training prior to the event, as well as evaluation and program improvement after the event.

Considerations for Hosting an Event

  • Purpose and Motivation – Consider the needs of your community and your motivations for hosting a hackweek program.
  • Level of Community Engagement – Hackweeks depend on community participation for tutorials and projects. Check with a few members of your community to gauge interest.
  • Source of Funding – Explore the mechanisms for funding the event. Past eScience programs have been supported by industry partners and US federal agencies such as the NSF, NASA, and NOAA.

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