ATLANTA (FEBRUARY 25, 2016) – Georgia Aquarium will serve as a host facility for the third annual Fishackathon, an event that brings together programmers from around the world to help create a solution that addresses the problem of unsustainable fishing practices. Georgia Aquarium is looking for coders, developers, designers, panel judges, and on-site consultants to participate in this event.

Fishackathon is a 24-hour overnight computer coding competition where coders work together in teams to develop applications to promote more sustainable fishing practices. Georgia Aquarium’s Fishackathon event will begin on Saturday, April 23, to kick off Earth Day weekend activities at the Aquarium and will conclude on Sunday, April 24, with judging and awards ceremony.

This coding event was launched in 2014 at Secretary of State John Kerry’s Our Ocean conference and Fishackathons are now held in several cities around the world. Hosted by the U.S. Department of State, this event challenges participants to develop applications, systems, tools and other practical solutions to one of the biggest challenges in conservation, unsustainable and illegal fishing practices. Teams of coders and developers will have 10 problem statements to choose from selected by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships and 24-hours to create a solution that will be presented to a panel of judges at the end of the hackathon weekend.

This is Georgia Aquarium’s second year participating in Fishackathon as a host facility. Last year, the winning team from Georgia Aquarium’s Fishackathon, Team KnowFish, were voted as the People’s Choice Award winner and won the “Our Ocean” grand prize to travel to Chile for the Our Ocean conference with Secretary Kerry. Team KnowFish, along with 10 other winning teams from around the world, were able to present and demonstrate their application at the conference. The KnowFish application, developed by Liz King, J.R. Rickerson, Gene Chorba and Greg Phillips, displays fishing species, laws and regulations based on the user’s location. Their project provides a mobile tool for countries that may lack the resources to effectively address Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in their areas, and enables users to report illegal fishing and seafood activities.

For more information on Fishackathon, visit the event’s website. For more information on how to participate in Fishackathon at Georgia Aquarium, contact nballweg@georgiaaquarium.org. Follow along with Georgia Aquarium’s Fishackathon event and show your support on Twitter using the hashtag #CodeForFish. 

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Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org