ATLANTA (June 4, 2015) - Georgia Aquarium will join organizations throughout Atlanta and the U.S. to participate in the National Day of Civic Hacking, and annual event that brings together residents, community groups, and government to collaborate to make their communities stronger. Georgia Aquarium is looking for coders, developers, project managers and subject matter experts to participate.

As a part of this national event, Georgia Aquarium is hosting an ocean-focused event sponsored by the Department of State called Fishackathon, the world’s largest hackathon that supports small-scale fisheries. The Fishahackathon corresponds with World Oceans Day, marked with educational events and activities for visitors to Georgia Aquarium throughout the weekend. The event will begin on Saturday, June 6, with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Fishackathon will conclude at noon on Sunday, June 7, with a prototype judging and awards ceremony.

Coders will be working on-site at Georgia Aquarium all night, and will have access to the entire Aquarium for inspiration during the majority of their stay. During Fishackathon coders will form into teams and compete against other coders at the event. Participants will be given a selection of problem statements to choose from and will have 24 hours to create a solution.

This is the second annual Fishackathon organized by the U.S. Department of State. The goal of this event is to bring together groups of people from across the world in order to create an application to help solve issues that international small-scale fisheries are facing. With the booming technology era we live in today, coders can help solve these problems more than ever before. It is the hope of the U.S. Department of State that these technological solutions will be able to help develop more sustainable practices when it comes to fishing.

Fishackathon is an important event as fifty percent of the fish humans eat come from small-scale fisheries. These fisheries are being threatened by larger—and often illegal—vessels. The small-scale fisheries often cannot keep up, which deeply impacts the local economies. Other problems fisheries face include: illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing, the need for better management tools, overfishing, and environmental degradation.

This is Georgia Aquarium’s first year participating in Fishackathon and is one of twelve research and conservation organizations from across the world hosting local hackers. Organizations participating include aquariums, as well as partner groups and associations such as GreenWaveVentureHivethe World Wildlife Fund and AZA.

For more information on Fishackathon, visit the event’s website. Follow Georgia Aquarium’s event on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CodeForFish. To participate in Fishackathon at Georgia Aquarium, RSVP online here

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga., is one of the world’s most dynamic aquariums—containing more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be a premier scientific institution delivering an awe-inspiring entertainment experience which supports animal research and conservation; inspires learning; and instills a passion for the aquatic world.  Its exhibits and programs are of the highest standards, offering engaging guest encounters that promote the conservation of marine 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.