Information for OHW22 Applicants#

OceanHackWeek 2022 (OHW22) will happen from August 15-19, 2022. The workshop will take a hybrid form consisting of a global virtual event and a number of regional satellite events that are either in-person or virtual. See here for more information about the hybrid global-regional format and the satellite options this year.

The OceanHackWeek program consists of hands-on tutorials, visual presentations, and collaborative hack projects throughout a 5-day period. Participants can apply for being in one of the regional satellites or the global virtual event. Regional satellite events are connected closely with the global virtual event, while providing additional collaboration and networking opportunities on a regional basis.

Application for OHW22 is now open!

To apply, please fill out this form by the end of June 1, 2022.
Accepted applicants will be notified no later than June 18, 2022.

Please see the FAQs below for answers to common questions. For additional questions, please post in our discussions on Github or email oceanhkw@uw.edu. For satellite event-specific questions, please post in the discussions, or contact satellite organizers listed in the individual event pages.

If you are applying for the undergraduate summer program “Data Science in Oceanography” that will take place on August 8-26, 2022 in coordination with the US Northwest OHW satellite, see this page for more information and apply using the same OHW form.


FAQs#

Q: The satellite event in my region doesn’t have a lot of details yet, what should I do?#

Some regional satellite organizers are still fleshing out details of the event, including the exact location. Feel free to ask in Github Discussions or email them if there is specific information you need from them for you to make decisions on your application.

Q: I am an undergrad / first year grad / faculty / etc. Is this program right for me?#

We welcome participants from all career stages and encourage applications from graduate students, postdocs and early career researchers. Advanced undergrad students with background in oceanography and data science are also welcome.

Before applying consider what you can bring to the event: by pitching a project, by your knowledge of data sets, by your programming/computational skills, by your project management skills.

We want you to grow/learn during the event! If in doubt, simply apply and explain your motivation for participation.

We expect all participants to be engaged in the team projects and focus during the week.

Q: I am an undergraduate, and I’m not sure I’m ready for this#

This year (2022) we have a special, enriched program for undergraduates! The “Data Science in Oceanography” program at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) will provide opportunities for undergraduate students in data-driven research in oceanography. Participating students will interact closely with faculty and graduate student mentors to develop and advance individual research projects. Students will fully participate in the OHW Northwest satellite event as part of this 3-week long undergraduate program, with the regular OHW activites in the second week. See here for details.

Q: I am proficient in Matlab / other languages but have not used Python or R. Python or R has been on my list to learn. How can I make my application be stronger?#

We plan to accept participants with diverse skill levels and backgrounds in programming.

However, to best benefit from and contribute to the program, participants are expected to have some experience with Python and/or R programming.

Applicants with an extensive programming background in other languages (e.g. Matlab) are welcome to apply, if they are willing to get up-to-date on the expected basic skills before the program.

Participants should familiarize themselves with the materials included in Python novice gapminder and Python novice inflammation for a Python focus, or R novice gapminder for an R focus. These are a good reflection of the level we expect participants to be at coming into the workshop.

Q: I don’t know the first thing about version revision/control systems. Can I still apply?#

During the hackweek we will use Git and GitHub but you are not expected to be an expert on it. In previous years we have offered refresher in the week prior to the actual OHW event. The organizing committee is deciding whether we can offer this in OHW22. You are welcome to check back here for this info, but we want to emphasize that nothing is better than trying it yourself first – we recommend the Software Carpentry lessons for learning git basic.

Note that we will require you to create a GitHub account before completing the application.

Q: I do not have any programming experience. Is the program a good opportunity to get started?#

We believe that OceanHackWeek participants will benefit the most with some prior programming experience, and might not find the hackweek the best place to learn programming.

If you do not have any programming experience we encourage you to start with some local or online training. Check if your institution runs a Software Carpentry workshop.

Once you have gone through some training you will have a better understanding of whether OceanHackWeek is right for you. We expect that you have basic operational knowledge of Python or R in advance of the program.

Q: Do I have to be a stellar Python or R programmer to be accepted?#

No. We aim to bring in motivated participants with a diverse range of programming skill levels.

Q: I already know a lot of what you plan to cover, should I apply / will I be bored?#

OceanHackWeek is not only a place to learn new skills but also a place to share expertise and build a community together. If you are already an expert but are interested in sharing and helping others, we welcome you to pitch project ideas, contribute to hacking, and assist other participants during the tutorials by being a teaching assistant!

Please mention this in the application. Send us an email if you have any questions!

Q: I have strong computational skills but have not worked in oceanography?#

To ensure that participants will be interested in the oceanography problems they are solving and can give back to the field later on, we require that participants have had at least some familiarity or prior experience with oceanography data.

Q: I work in an ocean engineering / robotics / consulting company. Can I apply?#

Make sure to explain your motivation for participation in the application form! We may hold a career panel discussion, so please mention if you are interested in participating.

Q: I work in a non-US institution / organization / company. Can I apply?#

Yes, we welcome applications from abroad for the virtual event. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the in-person event will be limited to vaccinated US residents.

Q: I was a participant in previous OceanHackWeek. Can I apply again?#

Yes, we welcome applications from previous participants, but priority will be given to new applicants. If you are interested in being a TA (teaching assistant) during the hackweek, please mention that in the application.

Q: Am I supposed to participate in all tutorials and presentations?#

Yes. While we understand that not all topics may be 100% relevant to you we want to maximize engagement. Note that we post the lessons and videos online later, so if you are interested in only a portion of the OceanHackWeek consider that an option rather than taking someone’s spot.

Q: My application was not accepted, what now?#

Sadly resources are limited and we cannot accommodate all the applicants we would like.

It is important to note that a rejected application does not mean a bad one! The reasons are:

  • The organizer tries to accommodate a good balance from novices to experts. That means a candidate may be rejected one year and accepted in another due to the different pool of applicants. Rule of thumb? Always apply again next year if possible! Also, if you believe you can contribute to the OHW as a helper instead of a student, please get in touch! We are always in need of helpers.

  • Another important factor that goes into the selection of candidates is the motivation paragraph in your application. Boilerplate answers or short answers like: “I want to participate” or “It is important to me” may get lower ranking than those who read the past year materials and wrote a paragraph on how the OHW can really make a difference to them. In short: be informed, be honest, be you!

  • Also, please refer to the FAQ question: “I am proficient in Matlab / other languages but have not used Python or R. It has been on my list to learn. How can I make my application be stronger?”