Hackweeks were designed within the Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment, and borrow ideas from The Carpentries. Early design of hackweeks occurred within previous events including astrohackweek led by Daniela Huppenkothen and Jake VanderPlas and neurohackademy led by Ariel Rokem. The model was further developed within a series of earth science related hackweeks including geohackweek, waterhackweek, oceanhackweek and Cryospheric Sciences with ICESat-2 hackweek.
Key contributors to the design of our earth science hackweeks include (in alphabetical order) Christina Bandaragoda, Nicoleta Cristea, Charley Haley, Lindsey Heagy, Scott Henderson, Friedrich Knuth, Jane Koh, Catherine Kuhn, Emilio Mayorga, Joachim Meyer, Fernando Pérez, Axel Schweiger, Landung Setiawan, Jessica Scheick, David Shean, Amanda Tan and many others!
Hackweeks have evolved due to generous funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, and a grant from the Washington Research Foundation.