Copernicus Hackathon HACK4SEA Copernicus Hackathon for the monitoring, protection, promotion initiatives of Lazio’s coast and sea - 16th- 17th November 2019 SANTA Severa’s Castle – SANTA MARINELLA (ROME)

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What is Copernicus

The European satellite system Copernicus is the most ambitious Earth observation satellite programme to date. It consists of a fleet of satellites, which provides accurate, timely and easily accessible information services, which are provided freely and openly accessible to its users. Copernicus looks at our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all European citizens. Thanks to a variety of technologies, from satellites in space to measurement systems on the ground, in the sea and in the air, Copernicus delivers operational data and information services openly and freely in a wide range of application areas.

Learn more about Copernicus!

What is HACK4SEA

How does it work

The hackathon is an intense event where participants from a diverse range of backgrounds and with expertise in a variety of fields collaborate in small teams over the course of the week-end. The teams will then work on developing prototypes and POCs of new software/solutions, using open data from the Copernicus programme and other local data.

Ultimately, the Copernicus Hackathon will conclude with one or more projects (be they business ideas or collaborative projects), developed over the two days. These will then be awarded and further supported by the chief organising partners.

What if I’m not a space scientist?

Don’t worry! Come as you are! You just need to be enthusiastic and passionate. You will be supported by experienced data experts and business coaches that are eager to share their knowledge and ideas with you. By the way, did you know, that multidisciplinary teams usually create the best solutions?



LAZIO INNOVA: in-house company from the local Government of Lazio Region, acts for the benefit of businesses and local public administration in the provision of incentives based on regional, national and or European resources. Since the end of 2017 Lazio Innova has merged with BIC Lazio, hosting the ESA Business Incubation Centre of Lazio, one of the first ESA space incubators launched in 2006, in cooperation with the local Government of Regione Lazio and the Italian Space Agency.


GEO-K (from University of Rome “Tor Vergata”): the first spin-off company of the “Tor Vergata” University of Rome, Geo-K is the commercial vehicle for the scientific know-how developed by the University’s Earth Observation Laboratory, part of Copernicus Academies network, having carried research on active and passive earth observation since almost 30 years.


LAZIO CONNECT: the Lazio Connect Association was established as a collaborative technical-legal platform supporting the Lazio innovation system, between businesses, industrial consortiums, technological parks, universities and research organizations in aerospace. In February 2017, Lazio Connect becomes one of the Italian Copernicus Relay


Regione Lazio; Agenzia Spaziale EuropeaAgenzia Spaziale Italiana; Direzione Marittima del Lazio; Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro Settentrionale; Arpa Lazio; Castalia; Serco; Esri Italia; GEOsmartcampus; Castello di Santa Severa

Topic and Challenges

Lazio’s coast is a great resource and it requires the implementation of an organic policy and concrete projects able to involve municipalities, institutions, companies for a model of sustainable development, able to support the territories enhancing their vocations, improving the quality of life of citizens, making the coast more attractive for tourists, safer, focusing on the topic of protecting the health of the sea environment.

The Copernicus Hackathon HACK4SEA basically refers to solutions, products and services for all marine applications and therefore designed on the specific topic of maritime ecosystem and blue economy within the regional coasts of Lazio, starting from relevant problems related to (but not limited to) services for access to ports, those related to the movement of goods, passenger transport services, inland navigation, training, fishing, innovative supply chains for nautical tourism and environmental protection. In general, the applications can be related to the themes of environmental protection, monitoring of port and logistic infrastructures and tourism.

Expected outputs

Final presentation should contain the selected domain, the proposed solution, Copernicus data and services used, what is unique about the innovative solution, business model, team composition; One pager promotion flyer; Any prototype, beta app programme, POC developed during the hackathon.

Preliminary Agenda

Day 1 – 16th November 2019

09:00 Registration and breakfast

9:30 Kick-off: Welcome; The Copernicus Programme; Hackathon‘s rules and team buiding

10:00 Teamwork: Understanding the problem, proposing solutions and identifying a minimum viable product (MVP)

13:45 Lunch break

14:30 Teamwork: Start of coding for the proposals

Parallel technical and business talks by the organisers and partners experts

19.30 Dinner break

20:30 End of first day and possible work through the night

Day 2 – 17th November 2019

8:30 Breakfast

09:00 Kick-off: Five-minute progress report by each team; Report any technical needs (expertise, equipment)

09:45 Teamwork: Coding, design and modelling

13:30 Lunch break

14.00 Outputs delivery

15:00 Minimum viable products and projects pitches

16.00 Assessment of projects by Judging Panel

16:30 Announcement of winning team, prize and follow-on activity

17:00 End of the Copernicus Hackathon


Register your interest in participating to this event by clicking on “register” below. The Copernicus Hackathon HACK4SEA is part of a large international programme. However, we only have a limited number of spots for this event. We kindly ask you to fill in the motivation section of this form. We will use the text you will provide to select the most motivated participants. We will be confirming the registration with you.

Why should you participate

By participating in the hackathon you will: get privileged access to Copernicus data, technical mentoring and business coaching at the event; get an opportunity to network with Earth observation, business and thematic experts; have the opportunity to win up prizes money and support for developing your applications; have the opportunity become part of the European Copernicus Accelerator programme; get support from the ESA Business Incubation Centre Lazio and have the possibility of becoming part of an ambitious incubation programme with a €50.000 cash incentive for developing your application in later stage; enjoy the splendid setting of a historical castle on the sea.


An acceleration for your project development! A judging panel will award the winning team an incredible suite of prizes of great value, supporting the lift-off of the solution developed during the Copernicus Hackathon. The Prizes will be assigned to the team leaders you will specify.

1st Prize

EUR 3.000 prize money; 1 seat in the Copernicus Accelerator (a one-year coaching scheme organised by the EC); Six months preincubation desk at ESA BIC Lazio / Spazio Attivo Roma Tecnopolo.

2nd Prize

EUR 1.000 prize money; Six months preincubation desk at ESA BIC Lazio / Spazio Attivo Roma Tecnopolo.

3rd Prize

Six months preincubation desk at ESA BIC Lazio / Spazio Attivo Roma Tecnopolo.

Special Prize GEOsmartcampus

One-year access to the Geosmartcampus acceleration program, including access and training on Esri's ArcGIS platform.

Pre-event introduction workshops

A limited number of free preparatory info sessions will be organised through seminars as well as webinars, to introduce the participants into the Copernicus programme, the Copernicus Hackathon scopes, the challenges, the technical infrastructure and data, EO data and GIS software tools, business modelling.

When and Where

16th – 17th November 2019

Have you ever attended an event in a historical castle on the sea? The Copernicus Hackathon HACK4SEA will be hosted at Santa Severa’s castle, “the Castle kissed by the Sea”, one of the most evocative places of the Lazio region, located along the Tyrrhenian coast in the north of Rome that represents a heritage of inestimable value both historical and cultural. Santa Severa Castel‘s long historical route covers over 2000 years of history and leads us to a more recent age. Do not lose the opportunity to code inside the castle!

How to get there

Santa Severa’s Castle is located in the North of Rome, about 50 km.

The address is SS1 Via Aurelia, Km 52,600 00058 – Santa Marinella. Please check how to get there!


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