Coding and saving the fishing industry don’t seem like obvious allies, but the third annual Fishackathon, held at WPI April 22 to 24, proved otherwise.
The Fishackathon is a U.S. Department of State-sponsored event that challenges students to create apps focused on the fishing industry. The apps aim to help fishers work smarter and more safely with consideration for protecting the overall health of the world’s oceans and the marine life in them.
“I think what makes Fishackathon such a unique event is that it combines a traditionally very low-tech industry with the very latest of the tech sector,” says O’Brien. “It’s truly inspiring to see what the participants are able to come up with in just 24 to 48 hours, and we look forward to seeing many of these applications and tools put to use in the field going forward.”