Data Science Collabathon

Hacking solutions to address the challenge of climate change and urban heat in the Triangle

The HeatHack GitHub page now is available! Click Here to check the dataset and prompts!

Join Data-Driven EnviroLab and the Museum of Life and Science at the HeatHack 2022 Data Science Collabathon!


This hybrid in-person/remote one-day hackathon will bring together coders, programmers, data visualization whizzes, and environmental enthusiasts to help us discover actionable insights, develop engaging data visuals, and create action plans to address the growing and intensifying challenge of climate change and urban heat in the Triangle.

Teams will have the opportunity throughout the day to ask for feedback as they develop their ideas and final products, and at the end, a panel of judges composed of community stakeholders will provide feedback and award prizes for the winning entries. Several webinars will be hosted ahead of the event that brings climate and data scientists to provide free community data science training.


Sign up by 5 pm April 15th, 2022 to secure your spot – in-person spot is limited!

When & Where?

April 23rd, 2022 (Saturday) from 8:30 am – 8:00 pm at UNC-Chapel Hill Campus or Online.

Feel free to work from wherever you want! Please remember to attend the final presentation at 6 pm at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center – GSK Fulldome Theater.

Who can participate?

This Collabathon is open to all! Whether you are a coder, data geek, or environmental enthusiast, you are welcomed to this event! No coding experience is required (but highly recommended).

* Please note that  participants under age 18 who planned to attend in person need to be accompanied by an adult.










Attendance is free (in-person spot is limited) and includes all the food, drink, swag, and CASH prizes. Plus, you will meet with people who also care about our natural environment; sharpen your data science skills; and have the opportunities to contribute to the local communities!



8:30-9:00 am – Breakfast – Introduction to HeatHack; Final team matching and ice-breaking! 

9:00am – 4:00 pm – Hack from anywhere you want! (7 hours); Lunch will be provided

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Presentation prep

5:00pm – Submit the team presentation materials

6:00-8:00 pm – Final Presentations at GSK fulldome theater

Map of the event sites


You can come paired with a team before the event date, but don’t worry if you don’t have a team. On the registration form, you’ll have an opportunity to say whether you’d like us to pair you on a team. We recommend forming a team with maximum 6 members. Given uncertainties with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be a hybrid in-person/remote one-day hackathon. 

Important Dates

April 15th, 2022 at 5pm — Registration ends

Early April — HeatHack Panel:  Researchers and local representatives shared their experiences and research on Climate change and urban heat islands in the Triangle area. Bring current challenges to discussions and inspire event participants to come up with hacking topics. 

April 23rd, 2022 – HeatHack: 2022 Data Science Collabathon

Questions? Email us at xuewei.wang@unc.edu.

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