Green Tech

Copernicus Hackathon

September 18-20

Green Tech Copernicus hackathon will take place in Liepaja and this time you can also participate remotely from anywhere in the world!

The Green Tech Copernicus Hackathon is a 48 hour challenge where you not only gain new skills and knowledge but also make new friends and meet awesome mentors. Together with your teammates and mentor support, you will be able to find a best solution to solve one of our challenges or even develop your own innovative solution, which will be presented to the jury at the end of the event. There is only one rule – you need to use Copernicus satellite data. Green Tech Copernicus Hackathon is a perfect place where you can test out crazy ideas!

Connect with mentors online!

Online rooms

If you are at least 18 years old enthusiastic student and you have marketing, programming, graphic design, data processing, business, project management or other relevant skills then we are waiting for you!

Together with our partners, we have set up an amazing prize pool

You still have doubts?

If you still have doubts about whether this hackathon is for you, we can reassure you –

NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT COPERNICUS SATELLITE DATA IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HACKATHON. WE WILL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW! AND, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TEAM YET, BE CALM – ON THE FIRST DAY OF HACKATHON WE WILL HELP YOU TO FIND A PERFECT TEAM READY TO WORK TOGETHER. 

During the hackathon you will receive the support and friendly advice of our experienced mentors.

We will provide you with access to Copernicus data, as well as space and infrastructure to create innovative solutions, but we expect you to take your laptop, phone, all the chargers you need so that your work process does not stop.

Here, in Liepaja University premises, we will provide you with a place to relax and gather your thoughts, but take your sleeping bag, pillow and shower accessories with you.

Together we will create a unique atmosphere for a creative work process!

Challenges of the hackathon

How to prepare for the hackathon?

Even if you have no experience with Copernicus data at the moment, you will be fully prepared for the hackathon by participating in our webinars, where our experts will show you where, how and what data you can get and use during the hackathon.

Webinar #1
  • Webinar 1: Introduction in remote sensing (Speaker Edgars Visockis)

    • Conception of multispectral, radar and lidar data.
    • Four resolutions of multispectral data (temporal, spatial, spectral and radiometric).
    • What is Copernicus and what data products Copernicus provide?
    • Data formats: raster data and vector data. In what formats Copernicus data are provided?
    • Where to get data? Practical demonstration
    • Practical example
Vebinārs #2
  • Webinar 2:Practical introduction in deep learning (Speaker Linda Gulbe)

    • What is machine learning? What is deep learning? What tasks can be performed by convolutional neural networks?
    • What data are required and how data should be prepared?
    • How a single perception works?
    • Basic principles of the convolutional neural networks?
    • Practical demonstration using Google Colab and keras Python library for application of convolutional neural networks.
  • Webinar 3: Case studies in remote sensing (Speakers Linda Gulbe, Edgars Visockis)

    • Review of practical application of remote sensing data from VIRAC Remote Sensing Department experience and remote sensing related projects. During the webinar at least 8 examples will be shown in a structure:
      1) environmental or monitoring problem to be solved,
      2) what remote sensing and reference
      data are required to solve this problem,
      3) what computer methods can solve remote sensing data processing for this problem.
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Mentors

Edgars Visockis

Research assistant at VIRAC Remote Sensing Department

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Diana Lapkis

Director of NEW DOOR Social Business Accelerator

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Lev Lapkis

Business Development Manager at RD ALFA Microelectronics

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Imants Martinsons

CEO at ABLabs:

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Artis Daugins

Founder and manager at Blue Shock Race:

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Andris Lanka

Chairman of the Board at Valodu Vēstniecība :

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Roberts Gaižutis

Head of Investment Attraction and Development at Ventspils Business Support Center

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Ernests Štāls

Partner of the venture capital investment fund Superhero Capital

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Linda Gulbe

Leading researcher at Ventspils University College

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Kaspars Garkevičs

Entrepreneur, LatBAN representative

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Vairis Caune

Dean at the Faculty of Information Technology of Ventspils University College

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Gundega Deķēna

Program Manager for the Udacity Online Education Platform

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Aigars Laugalis

CEO at Royal Fitness

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Artūrs Butāns

Communication and reputation building coach

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Agris Brauns

Researcher at Institute for Environmental Solutions

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Kārlis Skuja

WindHackers un Botwiser CEO

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Kristaps Skutelis

Founder of Kursors.lv, blogger, public relations specialist, technology expert

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Māra Kalneja

Lead teacher at Ventspils Technical College

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Alberto Bonomi

Lead engineer at ABLabs

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Jury members

Salvis Roga

Chairman at the board of Kurzemes Biznesa inkubators and member of the board at Green Tech Cluster Latvia

Uldis Zupa

Development director at Liepaja University

Gatis Ginters

Head of Business Development and Marketing Department of Liepaja Special Economic Zone

Linda Gulbe

Leading researcher at Ventspils University College

Vairis Caune

Dean at the Faculty of Information Technology of Ventspils University College

Agenda

FRIDAY

16:30 Presence check-in and networking
16:50 Online check-in

17:00 Opening and practical information
17:40 Workshop: Copernicus satellite data
18:10 Ideas pitches (both offline and online)
19:00 Dinner break and getting to know potential team members
20:00 Team building and idea picking
21:00 Teamwork begins
21:00 Teamwork begins & mentoring sessions (both online&offline)

SATURDAY

08:00 Good morning!
10:00 Participant checkpoint No. 1
12:00 Mentoring sessions (both online&offline)

14:00 Workshop: How to prepare successful, final presentation
17:00 Participant checkpoint No. 2
19:00 Mentoring session (both online&offline)
21:00 Evening Surprise

SUNDAY

08:00 Good morning!
10:00 Participant checkpoint No. 3
12:00 Mentoring session (both online&offline)
13:00 Last preparation works
16:00 Final event and award ceremony

Got questions? We have the answers!

Anete Zveja

Project Coordinator

Daira Bērtule

Communication manager