Burning Man has been referenced as the ultimate embodiment of an Open Source Community. A blank canvas, some civic guidelines, and a smattering of infrastructure are provided. Building on that context, thousands of creative participants volunteer their time, donate their skills, gift performances, collectively build massively complex art projects and camps, and otherwise contribute to create a vibrant city for each other to enjoy.

None of it would be possible without a vast collection of technology systems and the people who support and build them. With thousands of friends and community members relying on so many of these tools, it takes great enthusiasm, passion and careful consideration to create and maintain technology worthy of such an inspiring community. Building great software is art.

Radical inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-expression, and Communal Effort are a few of the Ten Principles of Burning Man, and when it comes to software development you can’t get more in line with these principles than Open Source. code.burningman.com is a place where you can learn about and participate in a variety of software projects that turn the chaos of Black Rock City into playa magic.

To start with, you can see the tool that helps build the What Where When event guide, explore cutting-edge interactive geo-mapping of Black Rock City, contribute to an exciting new playa directory, get a peak behind the door of Ranger HQ operations, showcase beautiful imagery and much more in our new Media Gallery tool, and learn how you can roll your own applications using the Burning Man API . We’ll be adding more projects over time and are interested in hearing about your ideas and projects too.

There are many ways to get involved.


  • Django
  • Python
  • Pinax
  • GeoDjango
  • OpenStreetMap
  • jQuery
  • jQuery UI
  • OpenLayers
  • HTML5 / CSS development


  • Graphic designers
  • Mobile application design
  • Web design
  • User experience design


  • Quality Assurance
  • Bug Reporting

User Support


  • Technical writing
  • Copy writing

Project Management

Can you help? Email and tell us what project you are interested in and what your awesome skills are. We’ll get you connected with the right folks to contribute via your code patches or in other ways. In the meantime, feel free to download and get started!

Latest projects

  • Mobile Application Development (08/23/2010 03:24 am)

    Thank you very much for your interest in creating a Mobile Application for use by participants attending Burning Man. We have made some event related data public, via the Burning Man API. The Burning Man API is available for non-commercial use by community developers. The data found there represents information already publicly available on our website and any additional data was provided by Theme Camps, Artists and others who have opted to have their data made available for your innovative efforts. ...

  • Open Source at Burning Man (06/28/2010 03:51 pm)

    Recognizing open source software's participative role at Burning Man, we wish to maintain a healthy relationship with the open source software development community. We do this by releasing code, providing vital infrastructure and by creating new open source software development opportunities. ...

  • Burning Man Multimedia Gallery (06/28/2010 03:40 pm)

    This eagerly awaited system will soon become a must see during any visit to burningman.com. Video, photos, artifacts and illustrations are gathered into one browsable collection, which will be an official showcase of our community's creative brilliance for years to come. The new Django-based gallery offers an easy upload experience for photo and artifact contributors and a visual treat for site visitors....

  • iBurn (10/20/2009 06:31 pm)

    An iPhone App for Black Rock City.

    Check back here for information about how to get the app when it becomes public.

    Mercurial Repository: https://code.burningman.com/hg/iBurn/
    To contribute patches and (after review) become a committer, email Nym at ....

  • Burning Man Earth (10/19/2009 02:52 pm)

    Homepage: http://earth.burningman.com/
    API: http://earth.burningman.com/api/docs/

    Burning Man Earth is an ongoing effort to make Black Rock City more accessible to all, and to create a complete and enduring digital record. The project is an interrelated set of systems which encompass mapping, communications, imagery, and other data. With it, you might search for the time and location of on-playa events, connect with other participants on or off playa, view current or historical imagery, or virtually fly through Black Rock City in 3D, plus much more....