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It is here where we will post relevant, up to date information about the hackathon over the course of the 9 week event and companion course. be sure to check out this "tab" regularly and more importantly sign yourself into the Slack workspace for the Wildland Fire Challenge.

We are kicking things off with an event on Saturday, April 8 at 10:30am. We will talk about some of the logistics of this event, hear some inspiring words from former CAL FIRE chief, David Shew, and meet another over an informal lunch sponsored by Mathworks. After lunch, there will be the option to attend 2 workshop sessions on Planet data, MATLAB, and Google Earth Engine.


  • 10:30 Introduction and Keynote Address (320-105)
  • 11:30 Casual lunch and community building (Mitchell Earth Science Building)
  • 12:15-2:30 Workshop Sessions (Planet, MATLAB, Google Earth Engine)

Important Connections and Links

Join us on the Big Earth Hackathon: Wildland Fire Challenge 2023 Slack Workspace. Register yourself to join Slack. Slack will be our main communication channel during the event.

Be a good citizen and adhere to our Big Earth Data Hackathon Code of Conduct.

Some people have been asking for suggestions on where to look for data. There are links to some datasets associated with the individual project ideas on this website, but here is  a compiled list of some data sources that might be of interest to some of you. This is by no means exhaustive, but it gives an idea of what is available. If you are looking for something else, please ask. We can't promise you we will know of every source available, but we can hopefully point you in the right direction.