Required setup#


Please make sure to find some time to go through the below material before the hackweek.

Upon completion you will have:

Slack Account#

All of our communication throughout the hackweek will be done using the ICESat-2 Hackweek Slack workspace. With your invite to the hackweek, you should also have received a separate email to join the Slack workspace. Upon accepting the invite, please take a moment to complete your Slack profile. Having your name and picture with your Slack account helps us and your peers to identify you on Slack and builds a more personal community throughout the week.

EarthData Login#

We’ll have you download some data from NSIDC for your tutorials and projects. Visit our Earthdata page to learn how to access and Earthdata login account if you don’t already have one!

GitHub Account#

Everyone attending ICESat-2 Hackweek will require obtaining a GitHub account. Visit our GitHub instruction page to learn how!



If this is your first time connecting to the CryoCloud Jupyter Hub, please complete this short application form.

NOTE: the form asks for a NASA Award number. If you are not funded on a NASA award, this is not a problem and you can just type “N/A” or “hackweek”.

This ICESat-2 Hackweek computing environment is provided by the CryoCloud project. Visit our Introduction to Jupyter Hub page to learn more about why we are using Jupyter Hub configurations for hackweeks.


All content of the hackweek will be shared via GitHub and interacting with the website will be done via the git command. Visit Setting up the git command to learn how to configure that!

Google Earth Engine Sign-Up#

If you want to interactively follow along the tutorial for data exploration and visualization, you need to be registered for Google Earth Engine (GEE) to be able to run the code. The sign-up process might take a few days, so it is best to do this well in advance of the hackweek. Visit Google Earth Engine Sign-Up to learn how to get access!