Initial instructions of the hackathon are listed below

What is hackathon?

A hackathon (hacking marathon) is a design and development event in which participants with various fields of expertise and skills work in groups collaborating intensively on software projects towards tackling a specific challenge (amongst the proposed ones) within a short timeframe. The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software by the end of the event, being the desired result of an operational prototype / demonstrator of the developments performed. In this case, a business opportunity analysis associated with the solution developed is also requested in order to determine its feasibility and its potential market uptake.

Agenda (the preliminary schedule for the event is shown below)


DAY ZERO (Fri 16th October)

Inspirational talks (Schedule to be determined based on mentors’ availability)

  • Albert Chen (Winning Team of EUvsVIRUS hackathon) Introducing “Sewers4Covid” intelligence sewer surveillance prototype tool developed in 48 hours
  • Irene Amuron (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre) – Forecast Based financing

DAY 1 (Sat 17th October) 

9:00 – 9:30 Opening session and brief explanation of the challenges, objectives, rules, etc.

9:30 – 10:00 Teaming up

10:00 – 14:00 Hacking and working with mentors (mentors and experts will be available)

14:00 – 21:00 Hacking and developing (mentors and experts will be available only 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 – 9:00 Hacking and developing (Experts not available).

9:00 – 9:30 Recapitulation.

9:30 – 11:00 Hacking and developing (Experts will be available for mentoring and Q&A)

(One hour to prepare presentation and stuff)

12:00 Deadline for uploading the final delivery (presentations, etc.)

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.

Who can participate? (requirements for participants)

People to apply for participating in the event shall have educational background or previous experience in at least one of the following skills:

  • app development
  • graphic / interface design
  • Mappers / GIS / Earth observation / business management / marketing
  • thematic expertise / knowledge of the users’ needs (natural hazards, risk modelling, emergency management, etc.)

Participation will be organised in groups of participants, who shall tackle together one of the proposed challenges. Participants are allowed to form their own group by themselves (up to 5 members) combining the different profiles required. Alternatively, participants can apply on their own and request the Organisation to include her/him in a group with other available participants in the same situation matching the corresponding profiles.

Tools and datasets available

All tools and datasets provided by contributing organisations (see list at the bottom part of this page) available for tackling the challenges during the event will be provided on the Google drive. There will be also detailed tutorials explaining the data and services, data formats and also available access protocols. 


This section will be regularly updated once new materials from contributing organisations will be released. All updates will be announced on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook page of the hackathon.




The best teams will be awarded the following prices at the end of the Hackathon:

  • Cash prize (2000 euro) for the winning team.
  • Cash prize (1250 euro) for the 2nd best qualified team.
  • Cash prize (750 euro) for the 3rd best qualified team.

In case that the awarded teams (1st, 2nd and 3rd) are tackling the COVID-19 challenge, then the group will get an additional bonus of 250 euros (only applicable to one of the awarded teams, which shall be the highest ranked one). 

In addition, the best team will be awarded one seat in the Copernicus Accelerator (a one-year coaching scheme organised by the EC)

Evaluation criteria

The solutions presented to the selection board will be evaluated based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Relevance to the hackathon topic. Weight: 25%
  • Interest in the project (Is the project innovative? Does it create value for the users? Is it feasible technically?). Weight: 50%
  • Quality of the team (technical and business expertise, understanding of the thematic area, commitment to the project). Weight: 25%
16-17-18 October 2020
Hackathon moved to VIRTUAL SPACE !!!