Copernicus Hackathon–Bari 2019 is a 3-day event in which software developers, graphic designers, interface designers but also young innovators and journalists passionate about data analysis will meet to create innovative mobile applications, based on Copernicus’ data and services.

The Copernicus program, funded and coordinated by the European Commission, collects satellite images from different sources, including in-situ sensors, processes them and provides reliable and updated information mostly as Free and OpenDatain six thematic areas: land, sea, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security.

Organized by Planetek Italia, Copernicus Hackathon-Bari 2019 will take place in the weekend from Friday 11thto Sunday 13thof October 2019, within the 300sqm space dedicated to events by Impact Hub.

Impact Hub Bari is a large coworking space for social innovator, located in Via Volga inside the district of Fiera del Levante of Bari, easily reachable by public transport. Participants are expected to participate also in pre-event trainings.

Participation to the Copernicus Hackathon-Bari 2019 is free of charge. Meals will be provided for the whole duration of the Copernicus Hackathon. The event is intended as a 3-days full immersion in the creation of innovative applications, therefore the overnight stay will be allowed inside the Impact Hub to those who will be equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Agreements with neighboring hotels are active (overnight costs are borne by the participants). The participants shall bring their own devices with Wi-Fi capability. We will provide the credentials for accessing internet resources for the duration of the Copernicus Hackathon, and we will then provide the Participants with access to relevant coaching and IT infrastructure (hardware,software, API…) throughout the Hackathon, to faciliate access and use of Copernicus data.


A prize of 2.000 EUR will be given to the best team at the end of the Hackathon. The winning team will also have access to One Seat in the Copernicus Accelerator: a one-year coaching scheme organized by the European Commission.

Please download the Hackathon Handbook to know the award criteria.

In addition, the Organiser and local partners will also award the following prizes:

  • One Seat in the Consulting program of The Hub Bari for the creation and development of business
  • Up to five individual ticket registrations to INTERGEO 2020 (worth $ 2,000) for the winning team. INTERGEO is the the leading international conference and trade fair for geoinformation and will take place in Berlin on the 13-15 october 2020. The best project based on Hexagon Geospatial technology will be awarded during the conference in Berlin.

Main goals

The main goals of Copernicus Hackathon–Bari 2019 are:

  • Raise awareness of the opportunities offered by Copernicus data and services
  • Train potential users on how to access and use Copernicus data and services
  • Increase the number of users of Copernicus data and services
  • Stimulate the generation of new business ideas based on Copernicus data and services
  • Encourage the creation of start-ups and new business
  • Support the development of a thriving Copernicus downstream eco-system, by favouring cooperation between multiple stakeholders and maximise the socio-economic benefits of Copernicus
  • Foster the interconnection of talents, knowledge and professionalism, through the creation of a large network in which change and development are integrated with new business opportunities, feeding a fertile and impactful entrepreneurial fabric for the entire economy>
  • Celebrate 25 years from the foundation of Planetek Italia, devoted to simplifying the complexity of space

The Theme: Water

Theme of the Hackathon will be The Water. As reported by “Water is the new oil”, a recent article of the Huffington Post: “…Fresh water scarcity is a key reason why 3.5 billion people are projected to live in countries that cannot feed themselves by 2025. Earth’s freshwater ecosystems are critically depleted and being used unsustainably, reported the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, for today’s 6.5 billion population much less for the 9 billion we’ll be by 2050. Extreme droughts, floods, melting glaciers and other water cycle-related effects of global warming are why there’ll likely be 150 million global climate refugees within a decade. Diplomats warn that 21st century conflicts will be fought over water as they were for oil inthe 20th.”

The theme of The Water offers numerous ideas for application because it can be addressed as a resource to be preserved from an economic, environmental and social point of view. The Hackathon objectives include the development of mobile application prototypes of Copernicus data and services for commercial use, which respond to the needs of private and public users, and the creation of tools that simplify the access to Copernicus data, their analysis and interpretation to the benefit of data journalists.


A group of stakeholders selected by the hackaton organizers among public and private users presented their requirements and challenges beforehand. The participants, led by mentors from both the geospatial market and the start-ups ecosystem, will be able to propose and develop disruptive ideas that exploit Copernicus resources to create applications, useful to meet the Hackathon challenges and to build sustainable business models. Participants will be encouraged to organize themselves in multidisciplinary teams to present their ideas to a Selection Board, which will consist of authoritative representatives of the digital communication, the aerospace and the industrial Italian market. The main challenges will concern the following areas:

  • Development of an irrigation management tool, which uses Earth Observation techniques from satellite to support farmers in irrigation planning and to suggest when and with how much water to irrigate. See the video.
  • Improvement of the efficiency of port facilities and the tourist experience of passengers, through the integration of earth observations with the port systems to rationalize passenger traffic. See the video.
  • Monitoring the erosion of the beaches, the strandings of Posidonia and the presence of jellyfish in the bathing areas, and supporting the control of water quality to the benefit of beaches and bathing. See the video.
  • Development of an innovative model capable of monitoring the water quality of surface water bodies, such as streams and rivers, to highlight the impacts of wastewater treatment plants, from industrial or zootechnical activities, and from the run-off of agricultural areas, of those livestock and also urban ones. See the video.
  • Improve the processing of aquaculture products by integrating all the information that comes through satellites and other tools, with information such as weather forecasts, sea conditions and other information complementary to these that can be useful for farm management. See the video.
  • Predictive analytics on water and sewage infrastructure monitoring, through artificial intelligence techniques that combine multiple datasources, to enable predictive maintenance of the network
  • Control of plastic pollution and marine litter in coastal areas according to the Apulian regional law referred to European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy
  • Optimization of irrigation following the transfer of waste water to the irrigation network
See the video interviews to the stakeholders launching the challenges in the Challenges page.


The main event will start at 13:00 on Friday 11th of October and end at 18:00 on Sunday 13th of October.

The following agenda is a draft and will be constantly updated.

Hackathon Agenda


Impact Hub Bari is a large coworking space for social innovator, located in Via Volga inside the district of Fiera del Levante of Bari.


The organizer Planetek Italia is an Italian SME (Small and Medium Enterprise), established in 1994, which employs 50 menand women, passionate and skilled in Geoinformatics, Space solutions, and Earth science. The company provides solutionsto exploit the value of geospatial data through all phasesof data life cycle from acquisition, storage, management up toanalysis and sharing. Planetek operates in many application areas ranging from environmental and land monitoring toopen-government and smart cities, and including defence and security, as well as scientific missions and planetary exploration.

Partners of Planetek Italia for the organization of Copernicus Hackathon-Bari2019 are The Hub and onData.

The Hub manages Impact Hub and runs the SPRINT 2019 initiative, a great innovation program with over 32 events and 2000 people involved among professionals, startups, students, institutions, innovators, companies and schools, experimenting with open innovation and digital innovation in industrial processes. A dynamic development path aimed at building a virtuous and concrete connection between innovative companies, training and the world of work.

onData is the Italian non-profit organization that promotes transparency, digital skills and investigative journalism.

Selection Board

Participants will be encouraged to organize themselves in multidisciplinary teams to present their ideas to a Selection Board, which will consist of authoritative representatives of the digital communication, the aerospace and the industrial Italian market.

By way of example, there is already confirmed interest in the participation to the Selection Board by:

  • Giovanni Sylos Labini, Past President of AIPAS - Association of Italian Space Enterprises and Vice President of EARSC, European Association of Remote Sensing Companies. CEO of Planetek Italia.
  • Giuseppe Acierno, President of DTA - Technological Aerospace Cluster of Apulia


The participants to Copernicus Hackathon-Bari 2019 will be supported by various mentors who will accompany the activities during the whole 3-days, and who will provide diversified skills in the field of geospatial data management, big data analysis, access to opendata and in the development of innovative business initiatives.

The list of the mentors is continuously updated.


Planetek Italia organizes Copernicus Hackathon–Bari 2019 in cooperation with The Hub and onData and support of the Technological Aerospace Cluster of Apulia, the Italian Copernicus User Forum and Confindustria Bari-BAT. In addition to the free and open data and services from Copernicus, a variety of technological resources will be available for the participants to the hackathon:

  • Planetek Italia will offer access to the services exposed by its cloud-based platform for earth monitoring Rheticus®
  • Creotech, who will grant access to the CreoDIAS, the platform which provides a cloud-based one-stop shop for all Copernicus satellite data and imagery as well as the Copernicus services information, also giving access to efficient IT cloud resources, sophisticated processing tools and optional external data.
  • NewMap, will offer access to the Virtual EO Lab, an extremely advanced, user friendly platform allowing to perform a wide range of activities aimed at (but not limited to) EO data processing in different dimensions and models, built mostly upon advanced Hexagon Geospatial M.App Enterprise solution.
  • Sinergise in Slovenia with the Sentinel Hub, a cloud based GIS platform for distribution, management and analysisof satellite data>
  • Hexagon Geospatial, a division of Hexagon provides Spatial modeling tools with raster, vector and point cloud operators to automatically process and analyze geospatial data, and ultimately deliver usable information.
  • AIRBUS Defence and Space provides satellite imagery, data and services through the registration platform OneAtlas Sandbox. The Sandbox is an open platform to create new innovative services from Airbus satellite Imagery. It contains very large imagery datasets available on download and/or streaming. All the datasets are grouped into dedicated thematic: Environment, Urban, Maritime, Energy, Defense & Security.
    Click here to discover the Airbus Open Innovation initiative.
  • HERE Technologies, a leading company in digital maps and location services, focused on the concept of location and the potential it has to radically improve the way we do business, the way we get around and the way we live, we are shaping the future by redefining what was formerly known as a map. From autonomous driving, to the Internet of Things, HERE Technologies is building the future of location technology through strategic partnerships.

Italian Data Journalists are welcome

Copernicus represents today a new and still under-exploited source of data for fact-checking and investigative journalism in the environmental, social and economic field. For this reason a dedicated track of the hackathon will address the communities of Italian data journalist, providing to the members of those communities the opportunity to understand the availability of free and open Copernicus data and services, as a truthful, up-to-date and reliable information source. The interested data journalists will work next to the developer teams, followed by a team of mentors and adopting the learning-by-doing methodology, in order to realize at the end of the activity a journalistic output based on the geodata that will be object of the hackathon.

Ondata will lead the activity by developing a set of specific actions in order to involve Italian data journalists both offline and online. Ondata team will gather from them specific issues based on geo-data, finally Ondata will try to provide them solutions based on Copernicus data. This approach will work in spreading Copernicus open data as well as in facing the skill shortage of data journalists related to their first use of Copernicus. Finally, Ondata is planning also to reach data journalists at hyperlocal level with the aim to exploit the high value of Copernicus open data at regional level.

Space for women in Space

The project will favor the inclusion of minorities and the gender equality. Showers and rooms will be available for there freshment and care of the person with the appropriate privacy, yoga classes will accompany the breakfast time in the morning, to better prepare the body and soul to resume the working activities. The experience of the Impact Hub in organizing coding activities for children and the proximity to the Planetarium, will also allow mothers to participate in the hackathon. The Planetarium is a center for scientific entertainment that organizes real live shows, both for adults and children, with astronomy movies and images projected on a full 3D dome. Women will be therefore invited to bring children with them, thus giving the opportunity to younger innovators to get closer to the Space and Earth observation.

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