Cork Copernicus Hackathon on Natural and Cultural Heritage

Cork Copernicus Hackathon on Natural and Cultural Heritage

23 May, 2020 - 24 May 2020 - Cork, Ireland

Copernicus Hackathon "Natural and Cultural Heritage"


Eurisy, the Cork Institute of Technology and the National Space Centre organise the first Copernicus Hackathon Cork on the theme of natural and cultural heritage.

Hackathon participants will be challenged to come up with solutions to help managing, safeguarding and monitoring natural and cultural heritage using Copernicus satellite data. The ideas which best meet the needs of entities in charge of managing heritage will be awarded prizes and support to further develop their concepts. 

Copernicus is the European Earth Observation (EO) programme run by the European Commission and the European Space Agency.

The Copernicus Hackathon is open to students, entrepreneurs, start-ups, coders, researchers, scientists, EO specialists, storytellers and anyone who is enthusiastic about finding solutions to better manage and safeguard natural and cultural heritage. This Copernicus Hackathon will end up with concrete ideas for projects that could enter into an incubation or acceleration phase.

Each team will include a maximum of four persons. Hackathon participants are expected to have skills in any of these areas: EO, GIS, thematic areas (i.e. natural and cultural heritage safeguarding, managing and monitoring), data analysis, data visualisation, app development, web service development, graphic design, programming, project management, entrepreneurship, business development, information technology, software development, geomatics, surveys, multimedia and augmented/virtual reality. Anyone with any of these skills is encouraged to register and take part in this exciting and fulfilling weekend.

To help you develop your project, two training days will be organised online. Access to spatial and economic data will be available throughout the event.

Together with other technology enthusiasts and multidisciplinary teams, you will be supported by space, business development and innovation experts to build your project.


The main award will be a 12-month mentorship within the Copernicus Accelerator. The Copernicus Accelerator is a project of the European Commission’s DG Growth, and is part of the Copernicus Start-up Programme, which is designed to accompany start-ups from the generation of a business idea to its full commercialisation. 

The CIT Rubicon Centre and the National Space Centre will each offer a 3-month mentoring schemes to two teams. The Rubicon Centre will provide, as a prize, desk space for two of the winning teams and ongoing mentoring and training for a period of three months. Depending on how the companies develop during this time, the Rubicon will consider longer term supports and will, at the very least, work with the companies to access follow-on investment, either through the on-site Venture Capital company, or via Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and ESA. It is expected that the winning teams will be introduced to the ESA Space Solutions Centre in Cork with a view to potential further support.

The National Space Centre will also provide desk space and advice/mentoring for two of the winning teams of the hackathon. This will ensure the companies receive exposure to a fully-functional teleport and the experts in space telecoms and EO that work there and will have opportunities to meet New Space companies such as Spire, Leafspace, SpaceX and Rocketlabs, all of whom have assets at the site.

The Copernicus Accelerator, Rubicon and NSC incubation schemes will be offered to the teams with the best ideas in any of the four challenges.

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