Copernicus 2020 in the Netherlands

Save the world with space tech like Earth Observation! Join us 12 & 13 September in Leiden. 60 bright minds, 30 hours, 1 exciting hackathon! From developers to entrepreneurs and from designers to scientists, everyone from ages 18 and up are welcome to help build space-based technology solutions to world problems during the Copernicus Hackathon in Leiden.

This year’s Copernicus Hackathon Leiden will be hybrid This year, the renowned space hackathon will be in a hybrid form, meaning that it’ll take place both online and offline. This year’s competition awards prizes for three extra challenges: COVID-19, Space for Equality & Inclusion, and Sustainable Development Goals.

What is the Copernicus Hackathon?

The Copernicus Hackathon is not your average contest. This initiative, financed by the European Commission, aims to bring all kinds of disciplines together in order to develop new applications based on Copernicus Earth observation (EO) data and services. From developers to entrepreneurs and from designers to scientists: everyone with an ambitious mindset is welcome!

One of a kind hackathon

There are 10 Copernicus Hackathons held each year, spread out all over Europe. The unique thing about these events is that they are truly unique. Why’s that? Well, because every local organizer chooses its own format. Accordingly, at this year’s hackathon in the Netherlands the organization aspires to challenge you in ways that you haven’t experienced before!

No limits

This year, for the first time the hackathon is not limited to earth observation. The organization also encourages the use of EO in combination with other disciplines or space technology (like satellite navigation – GNSS). Because of the coronavirus, we need innovative ideas now more than ever, so every addition to EO data or services is welcome!

Timeline: Pre-events & Hackathon Program

There will be 2 online inspiration & information sessions prior to the hackathon – held July 30 and August 27. Then, the hackathon will be divided into 4 parts (sessions), namely Desirability, feasibility, viability, delivery. These function like checkpoints, which means that you need to complete each session to move to the next one.

  • Day 1: 9:00 – 22.30: ideation, matchmaking, business building, and workshops. 22.30-08:00: developing.
  • Day 2: 8:00 – 18:00: training, pitching, awards.

General Track

The possibilities are endless with earth observation! Submit your business idea based on Copernicus data and/or services, the winner gets €500!

COVID-19 challenge

This year an extra challenge will be held, focused on solutions that will help humanity during a pandemic. The winner gets an extra €250!

Space for Equality & Inclusion challenge

Use space data to make the world more inclusive and equal in all of its senses – irrespective of people’s sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The winner gets an extra €250!

Sustainable Development Goals challenge

There’s also a special reward for ideas that focus on the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. Also here the winner gets an extra €250!

12 September 2020 09:00
PLNT Leiden
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