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The Feast 2014

October 9-11th, 2014, Brooklyn, NY


The Feast is hosting a civic hardware hackathon in tandem with the annual conference to bring together hardware-focused innovators working on existing projects around city resiliency and disaster preparedness. Two years after Hurricane Sandy, the communities of Red Hook, Brooklyn are still recovering and adapting. The Feast is partnering with local businesses and first responders to pilot potential hardware solutions.

Technologists and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to test their project in the Red Hook community and get their work into the hands of local stakeholders, gathering insight and feedback in order to refine their prototypes into useable tools. All projects will have an open source element, which emergency responders can deploy at little or no cost.

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with potential mentors and partners including The White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Intel, Microsoft, IDEO, The Rockefeller Foundation, IKEA, Sparkfun, 3D Systems, The Red Hook Initiative, Do Good Bus and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to prototype their projects in the field, to present on the conference stage, and engage with attendees of The Feast community, a brilliant group of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Have a civic resiliency-focused hardware project you want to pilot? Sign up here


Thursday October 9th
7-10pm Opening Night Party at 501 Union for Hackathon + Conference Attendees

Friday, October 10th
9-10am Breakfast and Welcome Talks in Hackathon Studio at Pioneer Works
10am-12pm IDEO design workshop, practicing interviews for empathy, sharing of goals and assumptions
12-12:30pm Resilience Talks
12:45-1pm Board bus and lunches
1:30-4pm Field Testing with Red Hook Initiative First Responders
4-4:30pm Team synthesis of notes
5-6pm Shareback with group, iterate on pitches for next morning
6-8pm Cocktail reception and open hackathon studio
8pm-midnight Open Studio time for refining presentation and project

Saturday, October 11th
9-10am Breakfast and practice pitches
10-11am On Stage Hackathon Pitch presentations
11-1pm Hackathon Studio Time
1-2:30pm Lunch Break
2:30-6pm Open Hackathon Studio Time for Feedback. Video recording of teams’ outcome stories
6-7pm Closing keynote of conference
7-8pm The Feast Worldwide Dinner with science fair style presentations of projects
8pm-Midnight The Feast Fest After Party

A special thanks to Intel as our Maker Talent Partner for underwriting the cost of participation in the hackathon and conference.

It's an event that's all about what happens after the event. Yes, it's inspiring. Yes, it's incredible. But what's really incredible is seeing what happens once the event is over. Each year the team at The Feast find new ways to invite us all into a larger conversation. It's a conversation that they keep going year-round and a conversation that leads to real change.
Brad Montague, Creator of Kid President