About Copernicus Hackathons

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. Tailored communication campaigns will be launched at preparation phase to attract the attention of the participants and after the event to clearly communicate the achievements of the hackathon.


Agenda for Day 1


08:00 – 09:00 Registration of participants
09:00 – 09:30 Opening session
09:30 – 10:00 Flash presentations of data and services (Copernicus EMS, Copernicus CEMS-fire, CEMS-flood and C3S, Anywhere MH-EWS, HOT, HeiGIT, ESSL)
10:00 – 11:00 Ideas pitching and teaming up
11:00 Coffee break & teaming up & posters presenting the systems (Copernicus EMS, CEMS, Anywhere, HOT, HeiGIT, ESSL)
11:15 – 12:30 Parallel sessions
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 17:00 Coding session
17:00 – 18:00 MidHack (early results, issues)

Agenda for Day 2


08:00 – 11:30 Coding session
11:30 – 12:30 Panel session
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:00 Presentation flash training
14:00 – 16:30 Coding session
16:30 – 16:45 Coffee break
16:45 – 17:30 Presentation of results
17:30 – 18:30 Awards



  • 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)
  • CIT Centre for Technological Innovation of the UPC (Accelerator, Spain)
    Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias de España (Public Sector Body, Spain)
  • CIMA Research Foundation (Research Centre, Italy)
  • European Severe Storm Laboratory – ESSL (NGO, Germany/Austria)
16-17-18 October 2020
Aula Màster Campus Nord, Carrer de Jordi Girona, 1, 3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain