About ANYWHERE Hackathon

In the recent years, significant improvement in the capacity to assess hazards in terms of modelling the spatial and temporal accuracy as well as the magnitude of the events has been achieved. On the one hand, Copernicus brings new possibilities of monitoring the extent of natural hazards and associated damage. On the other hand, our knowledge of the dynamic changes in exposure and vulnerability remains quite limited. The integration of Copernicus data and services with alternative data sources, rapid mapping skills and seamless integration of newly derived data within the existing risk modelling chains could provide significant added value in all phases of the disaster management cycle.

Who can join


Hackathon is open for developers, designers, data wranglers, data journalists, data enthusiasts and everyone interested in exploiting potential of cutting edge developments in weather forecasting, risk modelling and earth observation in improved information and services for emergency management and population to protect their lives.

The hackathons focus on rising awareness about the Copernicus programme and promoting the benefits it brings to crisis management and response at local, regional, national and international level.

According to Copernicus rules, the participation in the Hackathon is only open to residents of Copernicus participating countries (EU Member States + Norway and Iceland).




  • CRAHI (Research Centre, Spain)
  • KAJO (SME, Slovakia)
  • The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  • GIScience / HeiGIT (Research Institute, Germany)
  • HYDS (SME, Spain)
  • Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (NGO, USA)
  • Catalan Civil Protection
  • CIMA Research Foundation (Research Centre, Italy)
  • European Severe Storm Laboratory – ESSL (NGO, Germany/Austria)

DAY 0 (Friday 16th October) – Afternoon with invited speaker

Time Speaker Organisation Title
15:30 Alexandre Sanchez / Milan Kalas UPC / KAJO Welcoming + Introduction to the BarcelonaHack objectives
15:45 Boris Ton Van Zanten World Bank Tools to support nature-based solutions for disaster risk management at the World Bank
16:00 Peter Salamon JRC Copernicus emergency management services
16:15 Albert Chen EXETER University Introducing “Sewers4Covid” intelligence sewer surveillance prototype tool (COVID-19)
16:30 Pascal Derycke Marine-Analyst.eu Marine-Analyst.eu: from data to knowledge
16:45 Laura Leo University of Bologna Nature Based Solution to tackle Hydro-Climatic Risks
17:00 Milan Kalas KAJO Explanation of the BarcelonaHack challenges + discussion

The final agenda for the Hackathon development during the weekend is indicated below:


DAY 1 (Saturday 17th October)


09:00 – 09:30 Hackathon Start. Briefing and explanation of the challenges, objectives, rules, etc.
09:30 – 10:00 Grouping.
10:00 – 14:00 Hacking and developing (Experts will be available for mentoring and Q&A).
14:00 – 21:00 Hacking and developing (Experts for mentoring and Q&A will be only available at specific time slots to be defined).
21:00 Deadline for the first delivery of preliminary presentations / evaluation forms (to be confirmed).
22:00 – 23:59 Hacking and developing (Experts for mentoring and Q&A will be only available at specific time slots to be defined).

DAY 2 (Sunday 18th October)


00:00 – 09:00 Hacking and developing (Experts not available).
09:00 – 09:30 Recapitulation.
09:30 – 11:00 Hacking and developing (Experts will be available for mentoring and Q&A).
11:00 Deadline for submitting the Business opportunity analysis by teams (this aspect will be evaluated separately, since the presentations to be held afterwards will be focused on the technical development).
11:00 – 12:00 Teams will prepare their final delivery / presentations (following the supplied template/instructions).
12:00 Deadline for submitting the final delivery (slides) focused on the technical development.
12:00 – 16:00 Presentations. Short pitch performed by groups (about 10-15 minutes, TBD upon the number of groups).
16:00 – 17:00 Jury evaluation.
17:30 Results will be announced. Awarding ceremony.
18:00 Event closure.
16-17-18 October 2020
Hackathon moved to VIRTUAL SPACE !!!