The European Commission is launching the first European hackathon under the new CASSINI Space Entrepreneurship Initiative. To create a truly European spirit, the event will be happening in 10 countries simultaneously, connected through an online virtual hub. Space4Impact is the local organizer for the first Swiss CASSINI Hackathon that runs virtually on 18-20 June 2021.
The European Commissions’ new CASSINI initiative wants to stimulate the use of data delivered by the European flagship programmes Copernicus for earth observation and Galileo/EGNOS for satellite navigation in sectors beyond the space environment. The goal is to bring together students, start-ups, young entrepreneurs, and researchers from all over Europe to offer them an attractive environment for developing innovative applications in response to a globally relevant challenge.
The topic of the first CASSINI hackathon is Digitising Green Spaces and focuses on three main challenges: 1) Discover your city, 2) Stay fit & healthy, and 3) Protect your rural areas. The participants will benefit from technical training sessions and showcase their solutions publicly. Among the prizes for the local winners in Switzerland are cash prizes of a total 10 000 CHF, an option to join the EPFL Startup Launchpad, and a UZH Digital Entrepreneurship Grant. The best Swiss team will compete amongst the 10 best European teams to win access to a high-profile mentoring and coaching scheme as part of the CASSINI Space Entrepreneurship Initiative.
For the 1st edition of the CASSINI Hackathon in Switzerland, Space4Impact supported by the following partners: ESA BIC Switzerland, EPFL Vice Presidency for Innovation, University of Zurich Innovation Hub, Swiss Data Cube and the University of Geneva, NPOC, ETH Zürich, Trust Valley, ExoLabs, Space Innovation, E2MC, and CERN.
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