The Birth of the Robot: 1st Hackathon for Burning Man 2018

Organized by
SOMA, San Francisco, San Francisco
From May 12th 2018
To May 13th 2018
See the website



A community-led large-scale art project for the playa: "I,Awake"

For over 30 years, the Burning Man community connected us all to unlock each one’s true self.

We know that humans and algorithms will merge in our lifetimes and it is now time to understand the nexus with humanity. The theme of this year being “I,Robot” and with the extensive rise of Artificial Intelligence, we decided to bring people together for a hands-on 24-hour hackathon leading up to the extraordinary.

We are calling for technologists to share their resources, knowledge and help us execute our collective vision: Create an ever-evolving robot capable of connecting with us, the Burning Man community.

The Birth of the Robot: 1st Hackathon for Burning Man 2018

·    Saturday, May 12th at noon: Opening

·    Sunday, May 13th at noon: Closing

·    Location: Cre8topia SOMA

·    24-hour hack

·    30+ hackers

·    Machine Learning, AI, ROS, Computer Vision, Implementation

·    5 technical gurus, experts in their fields, will be overseeing the project

·    Food & Beverages provided all the way


We want to unite Silicon Valley by bringing science, tech, and art together in order to establish the next Burning Man generation. Designing the best-integrated robot behavior using not only simulators and sensors but also AI will be the key success factor of this hack; all integrated into one place: ROS 'Robot Operating System'

What  ... or rather Why?

Community connects us all and our biggest asset is our community.

To be part of a life-changing experience which will be remembered forever

To collaborate with key players and leaders from the tech industry and beyond

To watch the final result of our teamwork this summer on the playa

Who can hack?!

All are welcome, but we encourage Python, C experience, and full stack developers as to prototype visualizations and other wonderful models. Feel free to bring your own hardware, sensors, etc to add to the jam! This hack will be the first edition of a 3 steps adventure (May-June-July) before the big start. Spend the weekend working on a life-changing project with other like-minded people to achieve the impossible. Spots for this 1st hack are limited; however, you will have the priority over new candidates for the next edition.  

How to participate?

Please send us an email with your LinkedIn and/or GitHub profile(s) and let us know about your areas of expertise in software development! Applications close on Friday, 11th of May and we’ll follow up with you within 24 hours. –

Visualize a world where robots and humans have mutual compassion and comprehension for each other. Now, how do we enable them to interact and connect with us? Let’s figure this out together.

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