Sustainable Development Goals Copernicus Hackathon

20/11/2019 – 21/11/2019

Tackle one of our 3 Grand Challenges related to the SDGs

Collaborate with people from different backgrounds and expertise

Take your chance to develop prototypes of new software based on Copernicus Earth Observation (EO) Data. Collaborate intensely in small teams of people with different backgrounds and expertise on a solution for one of 3 societal challenges: ‘Healthy lives for all’, ‘Nutritious food for allandRaw materials in a circular economy’.

The Copernicus Hackathon is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, coders, researchers, scientists, EO specialists, designers, storytellers and anyone who is enthusiastic about finding solutions. This Copernicus Hackathon will end up with concrete ideas for projects that could enter into an incubation or acceleration phase.

The Grand Challenges of this Copernicus Hackathon

Showcase your solution in front of an international expert audience


Participate in one of our three Grand Challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals. You can register individually or as a member of a team.

Healthy lives for all
  • Monitor/predict air quality (particles),
  • Monitor/predict weather and climate extremes (e.g. heat),
  • Monitor/predict water-related illness (e.g. cholera),
  • Monitor/predict vector-borne disease (e.g. dengue, malaria),
  • Coastal water quality,
  • Marine farming,
  • Pollution warning,
  • Drought monitoring/prediction
Nutritious Food for All

  • Monitor/predict crop yield (productivity),
  • Monitor illegal fishing (legal aspects),
  • Climate impact on productivity,
  • Lean Food production systems - 'just-in-time farming',
  • Optimisation of effort / energy / resources precision agriculture,
  • Validation of food sustainability,
  • References for different farming practices (vertical farming / bio-cultures).

Raw Materials in a Circular Economy

  • Monitor/manage tailing dams (environmental protection),
  • Characterisation of landfilled solid waste (environmental protection),
  • Support detection of illegal mining,
  • Support land rehabilitation after mining site closure with precision land cover change mapping.

Participation is free, but registration before October 15 is required. Only 100 places are remaining right now, and the number of available seats is decreasing quickly.

Register your seat now

What’s in it for the winning team?

Money, support and exposure


  • 3.000 EUR
  • 3 months free access to Sobloo DIAS
  • A seat in the Copernicus Accelerator

  • 2.000 EUR
  • 3 months free access to ONDA DIAS
  • Assistance with enrolment for a position in the Astropreneurs' programme

  • 1.000 EUR

What can you expect during this Copernicus Hackathon?

How to prepare for this Copernicus Hackathon?

Join our pre-event webinars in October


To help you prepare for this Copernicus Hackathon, we are organizing a series of pre-event webinars. These webinars are delivered by our team of experts and will help you to get all the information that you need to get up to speed by November 20.

Copernicus data and its impact in health, food and raw materials

October 21, 14:00-16:00

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Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS)

October 23, 14:00-16:00

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Business opportunities using Open Data


October 24, 14:00-16:00

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How to increase my chances of becoming a winner?

October 25, 14:00-16:00

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