Cassini Hackathon Switzerland
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    Discover your city

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    Staying fit & healthy

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    Protecting our rural areas

Hack with a purpose from
18-20 June

Leverage #EUSpace data & signals to access, understand and protect our natural spaces. 

Put your skills to the test and tackle one of our three challenges under the theme of
Digitising Green Spaces.

Get involved
Get involved

In Switzerland, the CASSINI Hackathon will be organised by Space4Impact with the goal to maximise the positive impact of space tech on Earth.

Join our event to find out how Earth observation and navigation data can support cities and rural areas in Switzerland to become smarter, greener, and more sustainable. Develop effective solutions to tackle our local themes, like car-less cities, air quality and forests and compete with teams all over Europe.

With the support of our partners, you will receive the training and mentoring required to create your own business model. The best ideas that come out of the hackathon have the chance to be developed further with our local prize sponsors ESA BIC Switzerland, EPFL VPI Startup, and the UZH Innovation Hub.


10,000 CHF

The top three CASSINI Hackathon Switzerland teams will take home a cash prize:

    1st prize: 5,000 CHF

    2nd prize: 3,000 CHF

    3rd prize: 2,000 CHF

Start-up Support

The winning teams at our hackathon will also receive an invitation to pitch for professional coaching and additional financial support by the EPFL Startup Launchpad and the UZH Innovation Hub.

The hackathon agenda

In addition to the live stream from the virtual hub, the CASSINI Hackathon Switzerland has dedicated sessions with our local experts. Tune in at any time to listen to panel discussions, training sessions, and much more from both the Swiss live stream and the virtual hub! Discover our key touch points below:

June 18 Friday
18:00 CEST

Meet & Greet

19:00 CEST

Welcome session

20:00 CEST

Get started at your local hackathon

June 19 Saturday
09:00 CEST

Kickstart session

09:45 CEST

Start to hack morning show

10:40 CEST

Diving into our green spaces

13:30 CEST

The data & challenges collide

14:45 CEST

Discover Galileo & EGNOS

17:00 CEST

Meet the other teams

18:00 CEST

Evening activities

June 20 Sunday
09:00 CEST

Reboot session

09:15 CEST

Copernicus & the CREODIAS

10:00 CEST

Start-ups using EU space technologies

15:00 CEST

Out in space evening show

17:45 CEST

Closing session

About the organiser

Space4Impact wants to maximise the positive impact of Space technologies on Earth by linking New Space companies to non-space markets. The goal is to internationally boost the growing New Space Economy in line with the UN SDGs. For this, Space4Impact created an ecosystem to help corporates, investors, and organisations, who want to integrate disruptive solutions, innovate, and accelerate their impact sustainably through space applications.

Sponsors / Partners

This hackathon is supported by the following sponsors and partners:

Prize Sponsor

The highly ranked University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland’s largest university with 28,000 students. The UZH Innovation Hub is its platform for innovation and
entrepreneurship. It acts as a catalyst to accelerate the development of new inventions and ideas and strengthens the transfer of innovative research and teaching to the economy and society. 

EPFL Startup Launchpad
Prize Sponsor

The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is an internationally top-ranked university and research institute specialising in natural sciences and engineering. The EPFL Startup Launchpad provides an active entrepreneurial ecosystem, including entrepreneurship programmes and grants for students, pre-seed funding, and events.

ESA BIC Switzerland
Prize Sponsor

The ESA Business Incubation Centre Switzerland is a nationwide initiative, powered by the European Space Agency (ESA) and ETH Zurich. It offers an
extensive support package to entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and some space connection to develop their business in space or on earth. 

Swiss data cube

The objectives of the Swiss Data Cube (SDC) are to improve the knowledge on the Swiss environment using EO data, to support the Swiss government in environmental monitoring and reporting, and to enable Swiss scientific institutions (e.g., Universities) to facilitate new insights and research using the SDC. 


The University of Geneva (UNIGE) is considered to be one of the best 100 universities in the world. Here, the Swiss Data Cube is developed and managed by a joint team of the UNIGE and the GRID-Geneva, in collaboration with the WSL and UZH. 

ETH Zurich

Established in 1855 as the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School, ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities in science and technology and is known for its cutting-edge research and innovation. The Chair of Mathematical and Physical Geodesy focuses on the advancement of science and the formation of experts in the field of space geodesy and navigation.

Space innovation

Space Innovation builds on the multi-domain relevance of space technologies to support the development of disruptive innovation projects in the space sector. Their focus is to strengthen Switzerland’s space capabilities through an established network of academia, research and technology organisations and industrial partners in Switzerland. Space Innovation is located at EPFL and ETH Zürich.


The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), is one of the most respected centres for scientific research in the world. Established in 1954, it operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. In a collaborative effort with ESA, CERN is driving the research on using quantum computing and AI to boost the capabilities of Earth observation.


E2MC is a Swiss based investment fund and advisory company specialised in New Space ventures. Managed by experienced space & investment professionals it provides strategic advice on space to New Space companies, aerospace companies, institutional investors interested in space, and governments regarding space policy. 

Trust valley

The Trust Valley is the centre of expertise on digital trust and cybersecurity based in Western Switzerland. The initiative runs Tech4Trust, the first Swiss acceleration program aimed at improving cybersecurity and trust in tech.


The National Point of Contact (NPOC) for Satellite Images is a public service initiated by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research. NPOC is a joint venture of the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) at the UZH and the Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo), and acts as a contact point for Swiss authorities, research agencies, commercial providers, and end-users.

Science Lab UZH

Science Lab UZH provides a modern and future oriented impression of natural science and promotes interdisciplinary skills through interactive and cross-disciplinary workshops. The goal is to achieve a better public understanding of the link between the Sustainable Development Goals and current scientific research.