The upcoming hackathon, focused on ‘digitizing green spaces’, will see teams in Ireland compete against teams from nine other EU countries.
A series of six hackathons focused on using satellite data to stimulate innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship with galaxy technology.
National Space Center of Ireland and the newly established Munster Technological University hosts the first of these online hackathons next month on 19 and 20 June.
The theme of the hackathon is ‘digitizing green spaces’ and participants will have to develop solutions to global challenges that can make a sustainable impact on the Earth. They can use satellite images and EU signals to form their ideas.
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, including students, beginners, people or organizations with a challenge that can be met with satellite data. Participants can register with teams or can sign up as individuals and be placed on a team before the competition.
The organizers welcome people with backgrounds in computer science, marketing, business, design, environmental studies and more. Teams will be supported by business, technical and marketing workshops throughout the event.
Irish hackathons are part of a broader event from the European Commission’s Competitive Space Start-up for Innovation Initiative (Cassini).
Each of the six upcoming hackathons will take place in 10 different EU locations simultaneously. Teams in Ireland will compete against teams from Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and France.
Next month’s Ireland competition is sponsored by Blacknight Internet Solutions and has prizes of € 2,500, € 1,500 and € 500 for the first, second and third teams.
The Irish team entering the standings will then advance to the European finals in July.
“Hacker is just a term for someone who can apply a skillset to a problem,” said Dr. Niall Smith, head of research at Munster Technological University.
“If you have a business idea that is scalable and has the potential to address a global problem, the Cassini hackathon will bring experience to how the fast -growing space sector can provide you with a competitive approach that can you haven’t thought about it yet. “
Cassini is a key element of the EU new approach to space. It is part of plans to position Europe as a hub for space entrepreneurship and will look to boost space initiation and innovation.
More information about Cassini hacks can be found on its website, where you can also sign up for the event in Ireland.
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