February 15th-16th 2020

at Vicenza Digital Innovation Hub

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What’s Copernicus Program

Copernicus is the most important Earth Observation program (EO) promoted by the European Union. It aims to analyze and monitor planet Earth for the benefit of the entire society. To achieve this goal, Copernicus offers the possibility of using a wide range of data made available by the European Union in a totally free and accessible way. These data, which are collected from several satellites, terrestrial “in situ” systems, marine and air detection systems, mainly concern the great challenges that our society must face day after day as: renewable energies, food safety, reduction of disaster risks, mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Copernicus Hackathon is part of the European Union’s Copernicus Program and involves developers, entrepreneurs and industry experts in the development of new useful information and innovative ideas based on the collected operational data and information services.

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What’s Space Economy

Space Economy is very closely linked to the Copernicus Project. It is a very important and extremely growing sector that involves an increasing number of new start-ups and SMEs that have never worked in Space Sector until now. Italy turns out to be an excellence in this sector. Space Economy aims to create value for the benefit of society by combining two dimensions: upstream and downstream. The first dimension includes all space infrastructures such as rockets, spaceships and satellites that observe Earth; the second dimension includes all applications based on spatial infrastructures (big data). Therefore, through Space Economy we can try to solve problems ranging from the state of maintenance of infrastructures to the protection of assets.

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Copernicus Hackathon Challenges

This Copernicus Hackathon edition aims to encourage the use of Copernicus data and IOT technologies to develop high added-value downstream services that can benefit small and medium-sized businesses in our area and local public administrations. In particular, four macro areas have been identified:

Transport and Sustainable Mobility

Cyber Security

Machine Learning and AI

Environmental Protection and Climate Change

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Key Information
February 15th and 16th 2020 - 36 hours non-stop
DIH Vicenza Via Enrico Fermi 134, Vicenza - 36100 4° Floor
The competition is open to University and ITS students, developers, engineers, experts or researchers interested in the topics covered, start-ups and companies
8.30: Check-In Beginning, Logistical and Operational Indications
9.30: Hacking Time
11.00: Inspirational Talk + Hacking Time
12.30-14.00: Lunch
14.00: Hacking Time
16.30: Inspirational Talk + Hacking Time
19.30: Dinner
21.00: Hacking Time
7.30: Breakfast
9.30: Hacking Time
12.30: Lunch
15.00: Pitch Session and Judgment
17.30: Award Cerimony
18.30: End of Copernicus Hackathon
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The Roadmap

To get ready for the final competition in mid-February, a series of strategic intermediate meetings have been organized

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Why Partecipate

Starting from a wide  range of data useful at the development of innovative solutions within the Space Economy, is the challenge of this “Brains in the Digital Age Marathon”. Participate at the Copernicus Hackathon means having a completely dive in actual and everyday themes. Two intensive days to get involved in interdisciplinary teams, share and test completely the digital world. An actual and healthy way to compete and to generate ideas that can change the world. If you want to be part of the change, it’s your time!

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Our Jury

Valentina Sumini

Space Architect and Researcher at MIT Boston

Joseph Paradiso

MIT Media Lab Professor. Director of the Responsive Environment Group

Camilla Colombo

Professor of Space Engineering at PoliMi

Andrea Taramelli

Ispra - Delegato nazionale Copernicus User Forum

Giorgio Magistrati

ESA ESTEC Exploration Preparation, Research and Technology Team Leader

Pietro De Lotto

General Director at Confartigianato Vicenza

Francesco Causone

Associate Professor in Building Physics Sustainability at PoliMI

Luca Fasano

Earth Observation at Italian Space Agency
The Prize

A prize will be given to the best team at the end of the Hackathon, provided by DIH Vicenza and local partners:

One Seat in the Copernicus Accelerator: a one-year coaching scheme organized by the European Commission;

-Free use of the ONDA DIAS platform for three months;

– 3.000,00 € First Prize;

– Special prize sponsored by Interplanet S.r.l.: 1000,00 € to the most interesting project in “Cybersecurity”