Innovative women and men and data enthusiasts virtually arrived in Puglia from all over Italy and Europe for the first online three-day Copernicus Hackathon promoted by the European Commission and organized by Planetek Italia.
The event was organized with local support of The Hub Bari and onData, with the collaboration of Airbus, Apulian Aerospace District (DTA), CreoDias, GeoUniversity, Hexagon Geospatial, CIHEAM Bari (Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari) and Mediterranean Association of Fish Farmers.
Due to the health emergency, this challenge on innovation took place online, allowing to broaden its audience’s boundaries: 200 people registered from all over Europe. A 48-hour marathon, held during the weekend from 5 to 7 June, which has also turned into a showcase of local projects and teams of excellence. The event managed to attract also thousands of external people who connected and virtually attended both the event opening and the grand finale.
The Copernicus program, funded and coordinated by the European Commission, collects satellite images from different sources, including in-situ sensors, processes them and provides reliable and up-to-date information as Free and Open Data in six thematic areas: land, sea, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security. Using this data and supported by expert coaches, the different teams have designed and developed new projects following the proposed challenge tracks, competing for amazing prizes.
Developers, graphic designers, interface designers, women and men, innovators and data enthusiasts cooperated in multidisciplinary teams to create innovative solutions using the satellite data made available by Copernicus. A large team of coaches supported them during the marathon, giving valuable input to the design and growth of promising business ideas based on Copernicus data and services.
An extraordinary jury selected three winning ideas. Giorgio Saccoccia, president of the Italian Space Agency, Giuseppe Acierno, president of the Aerospace Technological District of Puglia and Giovanni Sylos Labini, CEO of Planetek Italy, are only few of the eminent members of the jury of this Copernicus Hackathon edition.
And the winners are...
Smart Farm was the most voted idea: a project whose mission is to support farmers in developing countries using smart irrigation and energy from photovoltaic panels. It aims at operating precision agriculture based on real, measured needs of the fields, using satellite data and artificial intelligence computation. The team won a prize of 2000 euros, direct access to The Hub Bari's Challenge Camp and to Copernicus Accelerator organised by the European Commission.
Fishalytics won second place with a project whose mission is to support and innovate the aquaculture sector, integrating Copernicus data with weather forecasts and IoT analytics. They showed the jury and the audience a very user-friendly mobile app for prediction of the best time to fish for sea bass. They won funding to create their own start-up and access to the Challenge Camp.
Waterlyzer got third place with a project whose mission is to reduce the waste of water resources, through targeted maintenance of water infrastructures. Waterlyzer also won the Diversity DTA award, worth €1000, to reward the spirit of inclusiveness, not only in terms of gender diversity, but also in terms of geographical origin, scientific background and skills. They also won access to the Challenge Camp.
Copernicus Hackathon - Bari 2020 final video.
(Team during a coach session at the online Copernicus Hackathon, on Remo)
Tables at the online Copernicus Hackathon, on Remo.
Picture Collage. Copernicus Hackathon - Bari 2019
Smart Farm - award proclamation with Giorgio Saccoccia, president of the Italian Space Agency.
Fishalytics - final pitch.
Waterlyzer - final pitch.