Copernicus Hackathon in Athens goes Online!
But this year's contest is different! It will last a total of 4 weeks, during which you will have the opportunity to develop your ideas and prototypes on challenges related to Covid-19 pandemic, the Maritime Industry and others.
We stay home but we stay connected! In these challenging times, the Athens CopHack - Online Edition will give you the chance to meet people that share the same interest with you on the ways Space Technologies can be used to explore a multitude of application fields on Earth. Together with other enthusiastic people you will get free access to Copernicus & Galileo space data, DIAS services and support from mentors and the option to follow several business and technical workshops.
Participation is for free.
Find the Detailed Document of the Challenges here!
Read below for more information on the Contest and the great Awards to come!
The Copernicus Hackathon in Athens, part of the European Union Copernicus Start-up Programme, is set to facilitate the co-creation of disruptive and breakthrough solutions, new business ideas and opportunities based on Copernicus data and services in Athens, Greece. Participants will be invited to freely choose among cutting edge Copernicus challenges using their creativity and inspiration and with the guidance of the mentors, experts, supporters and advisors they will develop their own disruptive ideas that will shape the future of EO and space value chains. The Copernicus Hackathon in Athens will focus on the challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic, key challenges for the greek & global economy (Maritime industry and others), but also on ways that technologies from other sectors can provide an added-value in the processing of EO data.
The Copernicus Hackathon in Athens-Online Edition will not be limited to the actual competition event, but it will be a long process offering all necessary support for ideas to be transformed into matured products and services and teams to successful start-ups. You may find the full timeline of the competition below:
- 4/5 Warm Up Event - The presentation of the Challenges
- 8/5 Kick Off Day– Presentation of Keynote Speakers and recap of the Challenges. Mentors and Scientific Staff will be available online for the first clarifications.
- 11/5 – 3/6 Weekly Mentor Meetings – Once per week for a duration of 4 weeks, the participants will have direct communication with the mentors for extra guidance through an online tool.
- 5/6 Hackathon Demo Day – The teams will present their ideas and prototypes developed!
- 9/6 Announcement of the Winners!
The overall winner will also receive as a prize one seat in the Copernicus Accelerator (a one-year coaching scheme organised by the EC).
Corallia and local organisers will work closely with AZO and will involve its extensive network of relevant partners from the Copernicus ecosystem that will be activated to create the most influential deal flow before the event and the most supportive post-event activity for the winning teams.
The Copernicus Hackathon Programme in Athens is a complete innovation journey that will excite and reward those who will participate in it.
You do not need to be a Rocket Scientist!
Participants shall have skills relevant to software development, computer programming, graphic and interface designers, GIS and EO experts, informatics, business management, project management and thematic expertise (agriculture, maritime, forestry, oil & gas, etc). The Copernicus Hackathon in Athens is also open to anyone else with any level of education and from any scientific and professional background to support the teams in transforming technical developments into viable business plans. It is addressed to students, PhDs, young scientists, engineers, finance experts, communication experts, marketeers, business people, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs-to-be etc. as well as new technology enthusiasts, those excited by the development of innovative tools, solutions, applications, processes and new business models.
All participants to the Copernicus Hackathon in Athens shall be of legal age and resident of one of the Copernicus participating countries (EU Member States + Norway and Iceland).
Participants are requested to register for the Copernicus Hackathon before May 8 @14:00. Participation is limited to maximum 150 participants. The Organizer may decide to close the registration before the deadline in case the maximum number of participants is reached. Only participation requests submitted within the given submission period will be considered valid. No participation request will be accepted after the submission deadline.
Participants should be aware that after the successful submission of a valid participation request a confirmation receipt will be sent via email. The Organizer reserves the right to reject a participation request and/or give priority to one participation request over another, in order to ensure a good balance and an appropriate representation of geographic spread, gender, age, education, discipline or other related characteristics, to achieve the best outcome and optimal implementation of the Copernicus Hackathon.
Participants can register alone or in teams of two to five. If not already registered as teams, the Organizer will match the Participants before or during the Hackathon to ensure that each team is composed of participants with a mix of relevant skills as mentioned above. Individual applications will not be able to take part in the contest without joining a team. The organisers will offer various tools (social media, warmup events, etc) to support the formation of strong and complementary teams.
The winning team will receive as prize one seat in the Copernicus Accelerator (a one-year coaching scheme organised by the EC). The Copernicus Accelerator offers a customised business development scheme for 50 visionary start-ups and entrepreneurs from Copernicus Participating Countries (EU, Norway and Iceland) per year. These 50 candidates all have in common that they develop innovative ideas which are tackling societal challenges by using Earth observation (EO) data, especially from Copernicus. Since 2016, the Copernicus Accelerator supports selected participants to move beyond idea conception into real commercial ventures. Each year, selected participants are matched with high-level professionals and benefit from individual mentoring alongside further training opportunities such as bootcamps and webinars and dedicated marketing support. The Copernicus Accelerator is an initiative of the European Commission’s DG Growth, and is part of the Copernicus Start-up Programme, which is designed to accompany start-ups from the generation of a business idea to its full commercialisation. More information at https://accelerator.copernicus.eu.
More prizes will be announced soon! Stay tuned!
Participation to the Copernicus Hackathon is free of charge. All operations will be held online with the online tools & platforms provided and announced by the Coordinator.
In order to participate the contestants must have available their own hardware devices (laptops, chargers, power strip, etc) & Wi-Fi connection.
The Copernicus Hackathon in Athens is part of the European Union’s Copernicus Hackathon Programme and Copernicus Start-up Programme. The Copernicus Hackathon Programme is implemented by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) on behalf of the European Commission.
The Copernicus Hackathon in Athens is organised by Corallia, the innovation unit of the Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies, with the support of NEANIAS Project and in collaboration with the Greek Space Technologies and Applications Cluster (si-Cluster), the Hellenic Association of Space Industries (HASI), Space Innovation (SPIN), and the Greek Copernicus Relay Network and the Greek Copernicus Academy Network.
CopHackOn is organized under the Auspices of the Ministry of Digital Governance of the Hellenic Republic.
The Hackathon is scientifically supported by prominent industry stakeholders, academic and research institutes all over Greece.A large number of companies is sponsoring and supporting the Copernicus Hackathon in Athens:
Bodossaki Foundation, Eurobank & the egg, Planetek Hellas, EFA Group, Geospatial Enabling Technologies, GeoSystems Hellas, GEO University and more to be announced. Last but not least a great number of Community Partners are helping to spread the word for the event: the egg, Mindspace, IEEE NTUA Branch, Chemecon, GRSS Chapter IEEE, IEEE AUTH Branch, Greek NewSpace Society, Aristotle Space & Aeronautics Team, Prometheus Eco Racing, BEST Athens, GeoTopo, AEGEE Thessaloniki, EESTEC LC Athens, EESTEC LC Thessaloniki, BEAM Thessaloniki, IEEE Computer Society.
The main hashtag for the event is #CopernicusHackathon.
Υou may find here the detailed Manual of the Athens CopHackOn, which will be regularly updated!
If any question arises you can contact the Copernicus Hackathon in Athens team only via this email email@example.com.
Other hashtags that will be used are #space #innovation #copernicus #onlinehackathon #downtoearth #SatelliteData
When?Friday, May 8, 2020 2:00 PM
Friday, June 5, 2020