Meet the team
Who can take part in the CASSINI Hackathons?
Any person of legal age who resides in an EU Member State, Norway, Switzerland or Iceland.
How can I register?
Register before 18 June on our website here.
Do I have to register with a team?
No, not at all. All participants must register as an individual and form the team after registering using the hackathon platform. Instructions will be provided after the registration process is complete.
Do I have to know how to code to participate?
No, we encourage anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship, nature, and EU space technologies to participate. Bring your creative, business or design skills to a team!
Can I apply if I have no knowledge of Copernicus, Galileo or EGNOS data and signals?
Yes! We will provide you with the relevant training and access to data that you will need to succeed - even without prior knowledge.
Can I apply if I don’t have a concept in mind prior to the hackathon?
Yes! Before the hackathon comes The Big Idea campaign. This week-long series of events will set the scene and allow participants to meet and form teams (if they haven't already done so). This provides the opportunity for teams and participants to brainstorm ideas, share thoughts and pitch their ideas. It is not required to have a concept or idea in mind prior application.
If there is no hackathon organised in my country, can I apply to the nearest one?
Yes. The first CASSINI Hackathon will be held online, and you may apply from outside the organiser’s country. Just select that hackathon location you want to join when you register.
How do I apply to become a local organiser?
Applications to become an organiser for the 2nd CASSINI Hackathon will be open from 17th May - 28th June. Take a look at our organiser page for more information and to apply.
When will I know if we have been selected?
Selection will take place in the first week of July. You will be informed mid-July if your application has been successful.
Am I responsible for setting the hackathon’s theme and challenges?
No. Each edition will have a central theme and challenges. As a local organiser, you can choose to focus on one or more of the specific challenges, but it is not possible to set your own.
Do I need to have partners and sponsors for our local hackathon?
No. Partners and sponsors are not an eligibility requirement, however, you are encouraged to make your hackathon as engaging and interesting as possible. We therefore recommend you consider including partners and sponsors as a part of your application.
What support will I receive as a local organiser?
Local organisers will benefit from a support package worth 35,000 euro. This includes:
- A general expense budget of EUR 24,000 for any costs that are real and directly related to the provision of the services.
- A communication & promotion package with a value of EUR 10,000 that will be provided in kind and centrally coordinated.
- A technical support package with a value of EUR 1,000 with a laptop, audio-visual equipment and video capture and streaming software that will be provided in kind for the duration of one hackathon.
Do I need to provide tools to hackers as an organiser?
There is a centrally organised participant toolkit that each hacker will have access to. This includes access to a data cube consisting of Copernicus data & information limited in geographical area and temporal resolution. The data cube will be relevant and pre-processed for the chosen theme of the hackathon. Other tools include access to trainings, cloud computing & storage via the DIAS platforms (one DIAS per hackathon), and other resources. A full list can be found on the Tools Page of the website.
How do I register to become a mentor?
Register to become a mentor on our website here.
As a mentor, how many hours am I expected to spend communicating with my mentee during the six-month partnership?
The mentoring programme per team consists of 100 hours of mentoring spread over 6 months. These hours are spread across several experts in blocks of 5 hours. It could be that you are engaged more than once in any given mentoring programme.
How are mentoring matches made?
After identifying the start-ups’ objectives and needs, we will reach out to mentor applicants that best fit the team's mentoring needs.
Will I be reimbursed for my time?
Yes, based on provided services, your mentoring services will be reimbursed up to 100 EUR / hour.
Can I be a mentor in multiple editions of the CASSINI Hackathons?
Yes, we would welcome your expertise back to support future winners.