Copernicus is a European system for monitoring the Earth ( . It collects data from multiple sources: earth observation satellites and in situ sensors such as ground stations, air-borne and sea-borne sensors. 

The aim of the hackathon is to see what exciting ideas different teams come up with.

Hackathon Challenge

During the 2 day hackathon we will exploit Copernicus datasets. We will concentrate on the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites ( These satellites monitor and deliver data for:

  • land changes (it can map different classes of cover such as forest, crops, grassland, water surfaces and artificial covers like roads and buildings;
  • water health and pollution;
  • agricultural practices, to estimate crop acreage, to provide soil moisture information and to forecast yield;
  • distinguishing between different crop types as well as data on numerous plant indices, such as leaf area index, leaf chlorophyll content and leaf water content;
  • disaster mapping.

The challenge is to create a useful application including information from these two Sentinel satellites:

  • Do you have a ground-breaking idea that addresses a current environmental or societal problem?
  • How would you use Sentinel data to create new information-rich products?
  • Which application of Sentinel data could you develop that could be commercially viable?
  • How to combine and exploit Open Data together with Earth Observation data to generate additional benefit?

The challenge will be technically enabled by the Earth Observation Data Centre (EODC) .(

EODC will supply the following infrastructure and datasets for this challenge: Virtual Machines (Linux) with access to a complete archive of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 datasets, free and open toolboxes for the (pre-) processing of Sentinel data (, Geographic Information System (GIS) software (, and links where to find Open Data for Austria (


To get familiar with the data, visit the Sentinels Scientific Data Hub ( ), where (after registration) products are available for free, including a user guide. There you can find a description of how to perform advanced search or how to use the APIs/perform batch scripting.

The expected outcome is a concept how the Copernicus data can be used in a valuable application and part of the application should be developed (coded) to a level that it can be demonstrated.


Stefan Hasenauer, EODC

Thomas Mistelbauer, EODC

Francesco Vuolo, BOKU

Barbara Widhalm, ZAMG

Gerhard Hartmann, Open Government Data of the City of Vienna

Georg Primes, 23°

Stefan Lang, University of Salzburg

Florian Schirg, accent

Georg Seyerl, Climate Change Center Austria

Yann Voumard, Solenix Deutschland

Johannes Jäschke, 23°

Christoph Reimer, EODC

Why participate?

  • Learn how to deal with Copernicus data, Open Government Data (Vienna) and Web World Wind tool
  • Create meaningful applications that have an impact for our society

  • Engage with other people interested in topics such as climate change, geography, big data, open data

  • Win appealing and exciting prizes



8.00 Check-in & Breakfast

9.00 Welcome & Copernicus Overview (Eva Arh (INITS), Ludwig Hofer (FFG), Thomas Beer (ESA), EC)

9:50 Technical intro (Copernicus & Web World Wind)

11.20 Let's get inspired! Copernicus for humanitarian purposes (Stefan Lang, Uni. Salzburg)

11.30 Mentor intro

11.40 Team creation

12:30 Lunch

13.30 Coding starts

18.00 Dinner

00.00 Midnight snack



8.30 Breakfast

9.30 Kick off

9:45 Working session

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Jury starts assessing the technology part while talking to teams

17.00 Presentations of applications

18.30 Award ceremony

Additional TechTalks might be integrated.


The hackathon is enabled by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), which is the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria. The Aeronautics and Space Agency (ALR)  of the FFG is the docking station to the international aerospace world for Austrian business and science. The agency implements national aerospace policy and represents Austria on international aerospace committees. Austrian representation in the European Space Agency ESA is of special strategic importance in this context.

The internet will be provided by Hutchison Drei Austria.


Participants are individuals that will form interdisciplinary teams of 3-5 people. The aim is to mix devs, data scientists and knowledgeable people in the field of Earth observation. You can come as a team or find your teammates on the spot. Participation is fully voluntary and participants are not entitled to compensation.


The code will be evaluated as of 15.00 o’clock on the 2nd hackathon day - the jury will have a look individually at every team.

The applications will be presented at 17.00 o'clock.

A complete submission includes the following:

  •    A concept how to use Copernicus data in a valuable application. A part of the application should be developed so that this part can be shown as a demo.
  •    The application must run on at least one of the following: a smartphone or tablet, a web browser (mobile or desktop), a desktop computer, other hardware (including, but not limited to, wearable technology, open source hardware, or proprietary hardware). Your application does not have to be available publicly or in an app store.
  •  You will need to provide a link to the open-source code that you used in a public repository of your choice.

If your solution requires the use of materials that are not from Copernicus or from Open Government Data   (such as a dataset or code), you are responsible for ensuring that your solution materials are available without restriction or, at a minimum, are also licensed as open source as defined by the Open Source Initiative ( Examples of appropriate licenses can be found here:

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,500 in prizes

1500€ for the winning team

Computing infrastructure

Access to the EODC infrastructure (virtual machines and global Sentinel archive)

Presenting @ 25. Open Government Plattform Wien

The winning team will present their solution at the 25th Open Government Plattform Vienna on the 15th of December, 2016.

Startup Camp

A 100 day incubation program at INITS that help startups to validate their business model and get in touch with potential customers and investors

Featuring on 23°

Best projects and visualisations will be featured on

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter


Register on Eventbrite:

Use Devpost to find teammates and discuss ideas in advance.

Get familiar with data


Bring your own laptop and other devices you want to work on, as well as any necessary cables, chargers and other accessories. Power sockets and wifi will be available. Food and drinks will be served. We will have some air bags to take a rest.


Christian Briese

Christian Briese

Thomas Geist

Thomas Geist

Chris Schubert

Chris Schubert
Climate Change Centre Austria Data Centre

Georg Ogris

Georg Ogris

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Each submission will be rated based on the extent to which it exhibits a breakthrough concept and/or methodology. This may be through a new concept, methodology, or means of implementation.
  • Impact
    Each submission will be rated based on its proposed positive impact on the society and its economic viability.
  • Completeness
    How close is the submission to being a complete and functional product?
  • User Experience
    Is the demonstrated part polished, visually appealing, easy and enjoyable to use?

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