Post Hackathon event
The event was planned for march 2019 but because of the Covid 19 emergency we were obliged to postpone it and organise it a webinar format. It allowed young innovators and winners of the Hackathon 2019-2020 to present their project, share opportunities and challenges of these initiatives in relation to the Copernicus data, and exchange with speakers from ASI, AIPAS industrial association, from Fondazione Amaldi, DTA and Nereus.
Fact & Figure Hackathon Copernicus 2019
Total number of participants 2019
- 54 at the beginning
- 33 stayed till the end
Total number of registrations – 99 Total number of teams – 6
Profiles of the participants
Report – Post Hackathon Copernicus 2019 event
« Water » was the topic of the the Copernicus Hackathon-Bari 2019 organised by Planetek Italia in Bari (Apulia) – with the support of DTA – from 11 to 13 of October 2019, within the 300sqm space dedicated to events by Impact Hub.
The event offered a platform to software developers, graphic designers, interface designers but also young innovators and journalists passionate to create innovative mobile applications, based on Copernicus’ data and services.
As part of the CoRdiNet projects funded by Horizon2020 and coordinated by the Nereus network, the DTA organized a follow up online event in June 2020 with a special « Diversity and Inclusiveness » award.
The DTA-Nereus-CoRdiNet Award
The DTA-Nereus-CoRdiNet Award aims to boosting up diversity and inclusiveness in the in space projects, in order to:
- promote creativity and innovation
- undertake long term aerospace projects at international level
- develop welfare and work-life balance policies
- create a professional environment beyond barriers
- stimulate young generations to undertake STEM careers
The diversities of the team can include:
- cultural background and ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language and education
- professional skills, working style, location, and life experience
General impression (for e.g. competition between teams)
Full satisfaction of the participants, great energy and high commitment by everybody. Good level of competition, fair and polite. Outstanding performance of non-EO experts in the understanding the potential of Copernicus and creation of innovative ideas.
Short discerption of the Idea/Product of the 3 winning teams
- The winner:
SYLIThe winning solution Syli (“Shore you love it”) aims to create indicators on the attractiveness of European beaches based on the environmental conditions of coastal waters and on the services offered by beach facility managers. This solution is based on the continuous transformation of satellite data offered by the European Copernicus program to generate useful information to control the conditions of Italian and European beaches and coasts, and integrate them with data on citizens’ preferences. Syli was born to respond to the challenges launched by the Italian Seaside Association, to counter the impact on the beaches economy caused by coastal erosion or by the presence of jellyfish and algae; but also in response to the need expressed by the Port Authority of the Southern Adriatic Sea to improve the experience of tourists by exploiting satellite observations to offer tailor-made services to individual users. Finally, Sily has the advantage of addressing the sustainable economic development by focusing on the social and environmental responsibility of the company, thus accepting the need expressed by Acquedotto Pugliese (the Apulian water and sewer management company) to exploit Copernicus to support the analysis of surface water bodies and bathing waters, both in terms of quality and quantity.
- 2nd team : Weter
The Weter solution, ranked second, aims to optimize irrigation processes in agriculture by exploiting vegetation waste water. The challenge was that launched by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute – CHIEAM to support irrigation and agricultural practices with satellite surveys; still the Acquedotto Pugliese asked to use the satellite information provided by Copernicus to highlight and reduce the impacts of industrial and zootechnical activities, both on the purification activities carried out by Acquedotto Pugliese and on the quality of coastal marine waters. Weter responds by reducing the environmental impact on the areas affected by the use of vegetation water and fertilizers. * team leader
- Special DTA Award: APPesc
The Aerospace Technology District of Puglia (DTA) promotes inclusion and opportunities for young people, in line with the “Education” objective of the SDG strategy of the United Nations. For this reason DTA will offer its coaching support and opportunities to meet with investors for the team of 5 young students of the Panetti Institute in Bari. Their solution, which they called “APPesc”, collecting the suggestions offered by the challenge launched by the Mediterranean Association of Aquaculture, aims to support tourist and sport fishing by offering users satellite-derived information on the areas with the greatest fishiness.
Post Hackathon – webinar event – More space for young innovators: highlight of the webinar organized by the DTA and CTNA
This webinar was an opportunity to discover on the one hand what are the technologies and space applications in the field of Earth observation and on the other to create a platform for senior professionals and young entreprenuers to exchange and share experiences. The discussion very stimulant, and we really believe that role model are always important for young generations.
Three young innovators winners teams joined the event from
Hackathon 2020 :
- Smart Farm, objective: to support farmers through smart irrigation by operating timely and controlled irrigation of the fields, before the plant is subjected to stress.
- Fishalytics, objective: to support and innovate the aquaculture sector by integrating Copernicus data with weather data.
- Waterlyzer, objective: to reduce the waste of water resources, through the targeted and punctual maintenance of water infrastructures.
Hackathon 2019 Weter, objective: to focus on the theme of sustainable reuse of vegetation waters.
The DTA-CordiNet-Nereus “Diversity and Inclusiveness” award was given to the Waterlyzer team as they were an example of diversity in terms of professional background, nationalities and gender.