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Fishackathon 2018

February 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 11, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

First organized by the US Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships in 2014, Fishackathon inspires the creation of digital solutions to address sustainable fisheries challenges.

Overfishing and other serious problems harm marine environments and can devastate already-struggling, small-scale fishing marketplaces and communities, many of them in developing countries. Protections exist, but actual enforcement faces major obstacles.

To combat this, Fishackathon brings together thousands of concerned designers, developers, and subject matter experts for a weekend to build practical tech solutions to endemic problems defined by the world’s most respected fisheries experts.

Save our waters, save our world!



In the coming weeks, Fishackathon will announce the challenge sets we’ve defined with our partners alongside the launch of participant registration.

Expert mentors will help teams hone their ideas into projects that will solve actual (rather than imagined!) problems.

Teams will gather in each city on February 10-11, 2018 to execute on the design and development of these projects — then demo for panels of distinguished judges. Local prizes will be awarded, and top teams will move on to the regional and global finals.

As part of our Grand Prize, Fishackathon partners are strongly encouraged to work with global winners to further product development and get to market.



Our prizing is designed to help catapult your team to success by working to get your product to market and into the hands of those who need it. To that end, we’ve been working on securing partnerships for:

  • a scholarship for each member of your team to join the Founder Institute
    Founder Institute, one of the worlds leading idea-stage accelerators, is offering scholarships to all members of the Global winning team! With locations around the globe, a spot at Founder Institute will help you build, grow, and scale your winning product.
  • mentorship from and an invite to join the Maverick1000 (see below)
  • $25K in credits, social media promo, and a blog post from AWS
    …because Amazon Web Services wants you to win.
  • for aquaculture projects, a coaching session with Aqua-Spark
    A new, innovative investment fund that addresses the planet’s health and food security while generating a high economic return through investing in aquaculture.
  • a demo spot at a major conference
    Fingers crossed!
  • a coaching session with Ben Parr
    Journalist, author, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur Ben Parr will offer the winning team his feedback on their project, growth strategy, and direction.
 Learn more, click here!


February 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am
February 11, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
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