The State Department announced Friday its partnership with HackerNest in order to host Fishackathon, an event that uses digital solutions to address sustainable fishery challenges.

HackerNest is a nonprofit organization that builds local tech communities worldwide. HackerNest has run tech community-building events in 33 cities across 14 countries on five continents.

Fishackathon was first organized in 2014 by the State Department’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships.

Technologists and entrepreneurs around the world spend a weekend competing to build technology solutions to problems defined by fisheries experts, while panels of judges evaluate these demos to select winners from each participating Fishackathon city.

Five cities took part in Fishackathon’s first year. By its third year, the event included aquariums, tech hubs, and participants in more than 40 international cities.

Fishackathon 2017 is scheduled for Nov. 18-19 in celebration of World Fisheries Day on Nov. 21.

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Morgan Lynch is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Federal IT and K-12 Education.