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WHAT IS THE OSL HACKATHON?

The Open Sea Lab Hackathon is a unique event that brings together data and multidisciplinary scientists, software developers, social innovators, students, and businesses in Europe and around the world to harness the wealth of open-source, marine data offered by EMODnet to develop solutions to Ocean challenges.

This third edition of the hackathon –OSL 3.0– will invite participants to explore and test the new features brought by EMODnet’s new centralised portal and to put their skills to test in evolving innovative ways of using open-source data to support important marine targets.

Hackathon winners will be featured at the European Maritime Day 2023 (Brest, France), treated to a thriving program of activities and enjoying the exhibition, pitching, and networking opportunities to showcase their talent and solutions before an international maritime audience.

Why Apply?

EXPERIENCE

Gain new knowledge and & skills using open data and state-of-the-art tools & resources offered by the EMODnet network.

Networking

Make new contacts and showcase your talent to leading EU and international organisations working in the marine & maritime domains.

MENTORING

Be inspired by professionals working on marine data management, as well as in ocean research, sustainability & innovation.

Who is it for?

If you are at least 18 years old and have an interest in harnessing open data to co-create solutions to Ocean challenges, OSL 3.0 is for you! Whether you are a professional with a background in data science, marine research, coding & software development, communications, Ocean policy, environmental management, innovation, or business, or a student working to build any of such skills, there is a Team that can use your talent, ingenuity, eagerness or expertise.
The Open Sea Lab Hackathon 3.0 welcomes participants from diverse backgrounds. Don’t let a lack of experience put you off! During the warm-up phase leading to the hackathon, you will have plenty of time and opportunities to form or find a Team. Likewise, during the hackathon, you will receive support from a great team of Coaches & Mentors.

DATA SCIENTISTS & MODELLERS
MARINE RESEARCHERS
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGERS
BLUE ECONOMY INDUSTRY
BUSINESS & INNOVATORS
STUDENTS

Challenges

Challenge #1

PROTECTING AND RESTORING MARINE & FRESHWATER BIODIVERSITY.

How might we leverage EMODnet data to develop a truly trans-European nature network that protects our marine and coastal areas? Or to restore rivers? Or to scale up nature-based solutions that make coastal communities more resilient?

Challenge #2

ELIMINATING POLLUTION OF OUR OCEANS, SEAS, AND WATERS.

How might we leverage EMODnet data to develop innovative solutions or support an improved international governance that contributes to reducing microplastics and plastic litter at sea? Or to reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides?

Challenge #3

MAKING THE BLUE ECONOMY CARBON-NEUTRAL AND CIRCULAR.

How might we leverage EMODnet data to eliminate or sequester greenhouse gas emissions from maritime economic activities? Or to develop zero-carbon and low impact aquaculture? Or to promote low-carbon, multi-purpose use of the marine and water space? Or mobilise the ocean and inland water’s potential for carbon-free energy?

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Participants will be encouraged to use EMODnet biology, seabed habitats, and/or human activities data, interacting with EMODnet map viewer and data catalog, to innovate new ways of addressing the challenge topic or demonstrating solutions towards that end.

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Participants will be encouraged to use EMODnet chemistry, physics and/or human activities data, interacting with EMODnet map viewer and data catalogue to innovate new ways of addressing the challenge topic, or demonstrating solutions towards that end.

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Participants will be encouraged to use EMODnet physics and/or human activities data, in combination with e.g., satellite data from Copernicus Marine Service and/or other data & research infrastructures (e.g., ICOS-Centre, Lifewatch, EMBRC), and any other data deemed relevant, interacting with EMODnet map viewer and data catalog to innovate new ways of addressing the challenge topic, or demonstrating solutions towards that end.

Challenge #4

CONTRIBUTING TO THE UN DECADE OF OCEAN SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

How might we leverage EMODnet to advance a digital knowledge system that supports international collaboration towards better understanding, monitoring, forecasting and protecting our oceans?

Challenge #5

EMPOWERING SOCIAL INNOVATION.

How might we leverage EMODnet to inspire and support social innovation practices or participatory governance approaches that empower citizens to co-design and co-implement solutions to restore our oceans and waters by 2030?

Challenge #6

Wild card: Hack the Ocean!

How might we leverage EMODnet data for the change that you would like to see in our relationship with the ocean?

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Participants will be encouraged to merge data from EMODnet (including resources available for Global Stakeholders), Copernicus Marine Service, Copernicus Earth observation, and/or any other data service to innovate new ways of addressing the challenge topic or demonstrating solutions towards that end.

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Participants will be challenged to leverage available resources (e.g., the EU Atlas of the Seas) to develop new applications that enhance users’ capabilities to respond to Ocean challenges, including promoting Ocean literacy and citizenship and/or making data more accessible to citizens (e.g., building a bot in Twitter that feeds off the Atlas of the Seas to provide user-requested updates on any specific resource published).

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Participants are free to showcase how EMODnet data & resources can be leveraged to address Ocean challenges that are relevant to them and their communities.

Open Sea Lab 3.0 Agenda

When & where will the event take place?

OSL 3.0 will be held as a virtual event, to enable participation from across Europe and beyond. A 3-week, virtual Ideation & Team Formation warm-up is envisioned to help you prepare, get ready and make the most of this event, but participation is optional. You will have to be registered and in a Team to join the 2-day virtual Hackathon.

 

Hackathon agenda<br />

Prize pool

CELEBRATING WINNERS AT THE EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY: MAY 2023

Up to 3 members of each Winner Team will be invited to travel to Brest (France) in May 2023 to take part in an enticing program of activities at the European Maritime Day 2023. The EMODnet OSL 3.0 Winners will enjoy pitching and exhibition opportunities to showcase their talent and solutions, as well as networking opportunities to interact with an international audience of policy, business, and civil society representatives. EMD is the leading annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss and forge joint action across maritime affairs.

The cash value of the travel and accommodation is estimated to be 5.000 EUR per team, for a grand total of 15.000 EUR.

There is still time to register!

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Mentors and Coaches

Lennert Schepers

Lennert Schepers

VLIZ, Project manager, Data Centre - Geospatial Data & Products

Mentor / Lead Mentor

Tjerk Krijger

Tjerk Krijger

Project Engineer at MARIS B.V.

Mentor / Lead Mentor

Alexia Cociancich

Alexia Cociancich

Technical Collaborator, OGS

Mentor / Lead Mentor

Alessandro Pititto

Alessandro Pititto

Project and Business Development Manager, COGEA

Mentor / Lead Mentor

Tim Collart

Tim Collart

Team Lead in Marine Data Analytics and GIS at the EMODnet Secretariat

Coach / Mentor / Lead Mentor

Romane Zufic

Romane Zufic

Capacity Development Officer at Mercator Ocean International

Coach / Mentor / Lead Mentor

Sytze van Heteren

Sytze van Heteren

Coastal and Marine Geologist at TNO - Geological Survey of the Netherlands

Mentor

Janine Guinan

Janine Guinan

Consultant Marine Geoscientist, GSI

Mentor

 Joana Beja

Joana Beja

Data Centre Senior Scientific Officer at VLIZ - Flanders Marine Institute

Mentor

 Anna Krystalli

Anna Krystalli

R-RSE - Research Software Engineering Consultant in R

Mentor

Aurore Biardeau

Aurore Biardeau

Copernicus Marine - Product Owner

Mentor

Corinne Derval

Corinne Derval

Mercator Ocean International Portfolio and Market Intelligence Manager

Mentor

Martin Pasquier

Martin Pasquier

Copernicus Marine Technical Support Officer

Mentor

Andreia F. De Carvalho

Andreia F. De Carvalho

Mercator Ocean International, Copernicus Marine & WEkEO Training Officer

Mentor

Marco Alba

Marco Alba

R&D Technical Area Manager at ETT S.p.A.

Coach / Mentor

Helen Woods

Helen Woods

Marine Evidence Manager at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK

Coach / Mentor

Charles Troupin

Charles Troupin

University of Liege, GeoHydroDynamics and Environment Research, Engineer in Physics, PhD in Sciences (Oceanography)

Coach / Mentor

Fabrice Messal

Fabrice Messal

UX & Capacity Development, Copernicus Marine Service, Mercator Ocean International

Coach / Mentor

Conor Delaney

Conor Delaney

Technical Coordinator at EMODnet

Coach / Mentor

Neil Holdsworth

Neil Holdsworth

Head of Data and Information at International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

Coach / Mentor

 Luigi Falco

Luigi Falco

Geographer and GIS expert, COGEA

Coach

Francesco Misurale

Francesco Misurale

R&D at ETT S.p.A.

Coach

Nick Earwaker

Nick Earwaker

Web Developer, Lovell Johns

Coach

Salvador Fernández Bejarano

Salvador Fernández Bejarano

Science OfficerVLIZ - Flanders Marine Institute

Coach

Ruben Perez-Perez

Ruben Perez-Perez

VLIZ/Data Centre Science Officer

Coach

Sebastien Mieruch

Sebastien Mieruch

Group Leader, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research

Coach

Elena di Medio

Elena di Medio

Copernicus Marine & WEkEO Technical Support Manager

Coach

Cedric Giordan

Cedric Giordan

Mercator Ocean International - Copernicus Marine & WEkEO User Support Manager

Coach

Eleanor Stewart

Eleanor Stewart

Marine Data Specialist at JNCC

Coach

George Spoelstra

George Spoelstra

Consultant/Owner at GGS Geo Consultancy BV

Coach

David Bina

David Bina

Copernicus Marine & WEkEO Technical Support Officer

Coach

 Frederic Leclercq

Frederic Leclercq

IT Project Manager at VLIZ - Flanders Marine Institute

Coach

Anaïs Perrin

Anaïs Perrin

Copernicus Marine Technical Support Officer

Coach

FAQ

Do I have to pay to participate in this Hackathon?

The participation in this hackathon is completely free of charge.

Can I exchange the prize for money?

Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are non-refundable or redeemable for cash.

Can I participate if I work for one of the companies that organizes this event?

Employees of organisations that are co-organisers or collaborating entities of the Open Sea Lab Hackathon 3.0 can join a Team participating in the Hackathon, but they cannot be personally eligible to benefit from the prize.

How many members can my team have?

To participate in the Hackathon, participants must be in Teams of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 participants. It will not be possible to participate as an individual.

But I don’t have an IT background, Can I still participate?

The Hackathon is intended for Teams in which at least one team member has a strong IT background and is familiar with coding and/or programming. If you do not have such skills, you can still join a Team who has someone onboard with such skills or you can search for a Team member amongst registered participants who is IT savvy and may wish to join your Team.

Which countries can participate in this event?

Please note that participation is not allowed to individuals resident or domiciled in any country where participation would be prohibited by applicable law or the laws of the European Union.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? WE ARE HERE TO HELP

Please contact us with any questions on OSL 3.0 and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible.