As part of the many activities leading up to the Our Ocean 2015 Conference that will take place in Valparaíso in October, the Catholic University’s Innovation Center will be holding a Fishakathon on Friday, June 5. The initiative calls on participants to create an application for cellphones to provide scientific information on the state of marine resources.
U.S. Ambassador Michael Hammer and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials will attend.
This is the first time that this type of activity takes place in Chile. The Millennium Nucleus Center for Marine Conservation and CoLab, the Catholic University’s Social Innovation Laboratory, have organized this event in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the support of several government and non-government organizations.
Biologists, program designers, and engineers are among the participants who must create a cellphone application that could play an active role in the conservation of our ocean. This new innovative idea will become a public and common good and will recognized with big prizes.
Fishackathons will also take place in the United States, Canada, Indonesia, England and South Africa on the same date. All participants will be connected via videoconferences.
The world’s oceans are overexploited every day as valuable resources are captured beyond sustainable levels. The situation becomes even more severe due to illegal fishing.
The meeting point for the Fishakathon is the Catholic University’s Innovation Center on the San Joaquín campus. The event starts at 9 a.m.