Summer School

AstroHackWeek is, in part, a summer school. The mornings will offer lectures and exercises covering essential skills for working effectively with large astronomical datasets. Past years have seen topics such as machine learning, Bayesian inference, frequentist statistics, databases, numerical Python, and visualization. Check out last year's recorded lectures.

Unconference & Hackathon

AstroHackWeek is also an unconference and hackathon. The afternoon every day is entirely unstructured, and offers opportunities for collaborative research, breakout sessions on special topics, and application of the concepts covered during the morning sessions. Come with a project in mind, join someone else's or apply a new skill to an old problem.


Jake Vanderplas

Director of Research in the Physical Sciences, University of Washington’s eScience Institute

David W. Hogg

Professor of Physics and Data Science, NYU

Joshua Bloom

Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

Aneta Siemiginowska

Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Daniel Foreman-Mackey

Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington

Grigor Aslanyan

Cosmology Data Science Fellow, UC Berkeley

Yu Feng

Cosmology Data Science Fellow, UC Berkeley


Day 9 am – 12 noon 1:30 pm – 6 pm
Monday Effective computing & statistics Introductions & hack pitches
Hacking & breakouts
Tuesday Machine learning Hacking & breakouts
Wednesday Bayesian statistics Hacking & reception at GitHub HQ (3pm - 10pm)
Thursday Optimization & sampling Hacking & breakouts
Friday Hacking & breakouts (1 – 2:30 pm) Public BIDS Data Science Lecture
(3 – 6 pm) Hack presentations

To get an idea of the content, you can check out last year's recorded lectures or the lecture material on github.

Live Stream

During the week, morning lectures will be live-streamed on YouTube. Follow us on twitter for updates. You can tweet us questions or general comments with hashtag #AstroHackWeek. Be aware that there is a 30 – 60 second delay between the recording and the live stream.

Monday Video Tuesday Video

Wednesday Video Thursday Video

2015's recorded lectures cah be found on the Astro Hack Week YouTube channel.

Code of Conduct

During Astro Hack Week, we require participants to follow the code of conduct for the workshop which can be found here. If you have any questions about the workshop, you can reach the organizing committee at

Travel and lodging

The workshop will be held at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) on the UC Berkeley campus.

Getting here

You can fly into either San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or the Oakland International Airport (OAK). SFO is the larger of the two airports and is about an hour away from Berkeley on public transit (BART). OAK is 40 minutes away on BART. The workshop venue (BIDS) is about a 10 minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station (directions from BART station to BIDS).


Berkeley has many hotels near campus. AirBnB is also active in Berkeley. Here are a few hotel options, roughly in order of cost:

Location of above hotels (blue markers) relative to BIDS (gold star):


This year's event is being organized by

Kyle Barbary

Phil Marshall

David W. Hogg

Daniela Huppenkothen

Jake VanderPlas

Yu Feng

Grigor Aslanyan


Astro Hack Week is a part of the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments at University of California Berkeley, New York University, and the University of Washington. It is made possible by the following sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring AstroHackWeek? Contact the organizing commitee for details.