The 2nd CASSINI Hackathon took place on 5-7 November

Our hackers used their skills and knowledge to solve global challenges and make a positive impact! 
We looked for determined participants with a passion for developing sustainable solutions. No previous space experience was required. Teams chose a challenge that interested them, and leveraged EU space technologies to connect the Arctic! Check out the process on how to get involved with the hackthon:  

Apply as a participant
Register as a participant before
the deadline
Join the Big Ideas Campaign 25-28 Oct
Join the Big Ideas Campaign
prior to the hackathon
Form a team
Form
a team
Hack your way to success (5 - 7 Nov)
Hack your way
to success on
the hackathon weekend

Why participate

Code the future

Draw on your unique skills to create solutions that solve critical problems that literally affect our future.

Put your skills to the test

Roll up your sleeves and compete against fellow coders, creatives and business experts for your chance to win!

Discover EU Space

Develop your understanding of Copernicus, Galileo & EGNOS with our tailor-made training and support, and learn to design for the future.

Expand your network

Meet fellow hackers and experts from inside and outside the European space ecosystem. Gain experience networking and grow your connections.

Access expert knowledge

Engage with our technical and business experts who will be on-hand throughout the event to help, advise and support you in reaching your goals.

Take home the prize

Don’t miss your chance to win prizes on a local and European level. Cash and mentoring opportunities are just two of the many prizes up for grabs!

Explore our theme and challenges

Participants dived into some of the critical challenges faced in the Arctic region with the 2nd CASSINI Hackathon. This fascinating and complex geographical, meteorological and biological ecosystem needs your help! We were looking for determined problem solvers who can develop sustainable solutions that support the Arctic’s future.

The hackathon was open to anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship, the Arctic and EU space technologies. Participants tackled the challenge of their choice using one or several of the following tools:

  1. Geospatial information from Copernicus Earth observation data and its services
  2. Positioning technologies from Galileo & EGNOS
  3. Secure connectivity technologies to conceptualise solutions for the future

Check out our three challenges below

and learn how our participants utilised their knowledge and skills to protect and support this precious region:

Challenge #

Safe passage at sea

Container ships, cruise liners and fishing trawlers are just some of the many seafaring vessels that need to navigate safely in our oceans. The Arctic presents an incredibly challenging environment for these journeys with the addition of sea ice and extreme temperatures. As climates around the world are impacted by our human behaviour, conditions in the Arctic continue to change, calling for adaptive measures. Rising temperatures indicate that future shipping lanes will soon appear in the Arctic, and they will require better connectivity and accurate positioning services.

This challenge calls on bold innovators to either develop ideas or design products, devices or services that ensure seafaring vessels have safe passage at sea. Leverage European space data, information and signals from secure connectivity infrastructures, Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS to bring your concept to life. Choose from the following solution areas:

  • Navigation route optimisation
  • Extreme weather and sea ice warnings
  • Support for the development and connectivity of future shipping lanes
  • Environmental disaster and emergency management

Challenge #

Life on land

Countries in the Arctic polar region experience seasonally varying snow and ice cover, as well as extreme cold-weather conditions. These countries, along with the people and plants that inhabit them, are particularly susceptible to the effects of climate change, such as rising air and water temperatures and melting sea ice. Several remote research stations are located in the region, and their occupants would greatly benefit from innovative connectivity and communication solutions.

This challenge calls on bold innovators to either develop ideas or design products, devices, or services that improve our understanding of the effects of climate change in Scandinavia, Alaska, Russia and Canada, or mitigate the impact of these changes. Leverage European space data, information and signals from secure connectivity infrastructures, Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS to bring your concept to life. Choose from the following solution areas:

  • Environmental monitoring & climate change mitigation
  • Renewable energy exploration
  • Environmental protection
  • Improving connectivity (higher speeds and lower latency) for research stations in remote areas

Challenge #

Caring for our wildlife

Wildlife in the Arctic includes many species of fish and marine mammals, birds and land animals. As human activity and industry look to expand throughout untapped areas of our planet, the natural habitats of these animals become threatened. Rising temperatures also endanger the lives of animals who call the ice their home and whose food comes from the surrounding areas.

This challenge calls on bold innovators to either develop ideas or design products, devices or services to better understand and protect wildlife in the Arctic. Leverage European space data, information and signals from secure connectivity infrastructures, Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS to bring your concept to life. Choose from the following solution areas:

  • Protecting marine biodiversity
  • Understanding and forecasting migration routes
  • Understanding and mitigating the effects of exploration and development on wildlife
  • Understanding the effects of climate change on natural habitats

The hackathon locations

The 2nd CASSINI Hackathon took place simultaneously across 10 different locations on 5 - 7 November 2021. Use the interactive map below to discover the locations!

  • Organised by:

    INVENTO

    Zagreb, Croatia

    invento
  • Organised by:

    Nordic Startup School

    Tampere, Finland

    nordic startup school
  • Organised by:

    Aerospace Valley

    Toulouse, France

    aerospace valley
  • Organised by:

    N3xtcoder

    Berlin, Germany

    n3xtcoder
  • Organised by:

    Startup Iceland

    Reykjavik, Iceland

    startup iceland
  • Organised by:

    ComoNExT

    Lomazzo, Italy

    como next
  • Organised by:

    Green and Smart Technology Cluster

    Liepaja, Latvia

    green tech cluster
  • Organised by:

    iDEA

    Bucharest, Romania

    iDEA
  • Organised by:

    Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency – Slovak Space Office Industry Branch

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    sario
  • Organised by:

    BluSpecs

    Madrid, Spain

    bluspecs

The hackathon locations

The 2nd CASSINI Hackathon took place simultaneously across 10 different locations on 5 - 7 November 2021. Use the interactive map below to discover the locations!