Dive into some of the critical challenges faced in the Arctic with the 2nd CASSINI Hackathon. 

The 2nd CASSINI Hackathon, scheduled for 5-7 November, is gearing up to be a fantastic event which will tackle a very important global challenge head on. From day one, participants in 10 locations across Europe will have the opportunity to leverage EU Space data to Connect the Arctic.

With the mission of creating new travel routes, safeguarding wildlife, assisting native human communities and preserving natural habitats, teams will be presented with 3 challenges which will test their creative skills from day one. Using data and information from Copernicus, signals and data from Galileo and EGNOS, as well as secure connectivity technologies, they will imagine game-changing solutions and problem solve for the future!

To ensure total focus and dedication, each participating team will be asked to choose just one challenge for their shot at the top spot. The three challenges to choose from are as follows:

  1. Safe passage at sea: Participants will design products, devices or services that could enable container ships, cruise liners and fishing trawlers to navigate safely across Nordic Seas.
  2. Life on land: Participants will design products, devices or services that could enable human societies, plants and wildlife to better adapt to the Arctic climate.
  3. Caring for our wildlife: Participants will design products, devices or services that could help protect biodiversity and the natural habitats of wildlife in the Arctic.

The solutions created while solving these unique challenges in the Arctic can also be used and adapted to solve similar challenges faced by countries outside of the Arctic circle. Each of the 10 European Hackathon organisers are invited to highlight the local application of these solutions to their participants.

In Latvia, this year’s event will explore how the Hackathon’s Arctic-focused solutions could be used to tackle local drought and changes in winter weather conditions. The local organiser, Green and Smart Technology Cluster, is a cooperation network made up of SMEs and the institutions of education, research and business support in Latvia. The organisation brings together more than 70 members and is the only cluster in Latvia where members can meet to discuss green mobility, renewable resources, energy efficiency, space technologies and other related topics.

When it comes to the winning teams this year, 1st place will receive 1,800 Euros as well as extensive business assistance and coaching.  The 2nd and 3rd placed teams will also receive 950 and 750 Euros respectively, with other coaching packages provided to help the groups develop moving forward.

Thinking about registering? Head over to hackathons.cassini.eu now to sign up!