CASSINI Hackathon Italy

The CASSINI Hackathon Italy took place on 5-7 Nov 2021!

Participants leveraged #EUSpace data & signals to understand and protect the Arctic region. Participants put theird skills to the test and tackled one of the three challenges under the theme of Connecting the Arctic.

  1. Safe passage at sea
  2. Life on land
  3. Caring for our wildlife
Get involved
Got involved

The CASSINI Hackathon Italy was held in Lomazzo to explore how EU Space data could be used to Connect the Arctic and protect its wildlife. This hackathon was a hybrid event, so participants could join in person or virtually!

The Hackathon Italy will take place at Sviluppo Como ComoNExT, Via Cavour 2
22074 Lomazzo (CO), from Friday, 5 November at 17:30 CET.

Teams were presented with 3 challenges that tested their creative skills and imagination from the very first brainstorm. They used data from Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS to imagine game-changing solutions and won career-changing prizes along the way!


  • 1st place at the Italian Hackathon won a place on a 3-month pre-incubation programme valued at €10,000 and space in a business incubator with tutoring worth €750.
  • 2nd place won a 3-day pre-incubation placement valued at €3,000, as well as a dedicated tutor.
  • 3rd place won a full day incubation session worth €1,000 with tutor and innovation manager support.

Winning teams were also invited on a guided tour of the high-tech labs of The University of Insubria where particles detectors are tested.


The top 3 teams across all hackathons were awarded an additional 100 hours of expert mentoring. 

Meet our mentors

The following experts mentored the teams over the hackathon weekend:

matteo bartolini
Matteo Bartolini
Launch Manager, D-Orbit
Giovanni Pandolfi Bortoletto
Giovanni Pandolfi Bortoletto
CTO & Business Development, LeafSpace
Eugenio Realini
Eugenio Realini
GNSS Geoscience Applications Manager, GReD
Elisabetta Giromini
Elisabetta Giromini
Project & Innovation financing, ComoNExT Innovation Hub
M. Cristina Porta
M. Cristina Porta
Head of Incubation & Open Innovation, ComoNExT Innovation Hub
Maria Anna Carta
Maria Anna Carta
Project & Innovation financing , ComoNExT Innovation Hub
About the organiser

ComoNExT organised the Italian Hackathon. The organisation is a Digital Innovation Hub established in 2010 which now hosts more than 150 tenant businesses including many local startups. As an incubator, ComoNExT is certified by the Ministry of Economic Development and is a member of the SMACT Competence centre.


Sponsors / Partners

This hackathon was supported by the following sponsors and partners:


The University of Insubria


LIUC – University of Cattaneo


PoliMi – Lecco (Milian Polytechnic University)



Lombardia Aerospace Cluster


Confindustria Como


UniVA - The Union of Industrialists of the Province of Varese