The EOVation & Climate hackathon was held at IBM’s Brno branch on 16-17 March 2018. Nearly forty competing participants had the task of developing within 24 hours a prototype of a product or service with business potential focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change in cities. The hackathon’s expert jury select as the first-place winner the Bio-Nexus team’s map application, which displays urban temperatures and changes thereof resulting from the changing organisation and use of surface areas.
“It was a great challenge for the whole team to analyse grid data, as we do not primarily work with such data. We are enthused by our success in the face of such strong competition and we hope that this idea can be taken to the next level and bring benefits to end users,” says Jan Zachariáš of Bio-Nexus.
Second place was awarded to the World from Space Ximilar team for its project involving machine-learning technology and the U-Net neural network for analysing data from the Sentinel 2 satellite. The Let’s Earth team took third place for its development of an online platform comparing individual types of renewable resources, which can help construction companies incorporate green technologies into construction and remodelling processes.
EOVation City & Climate was the third consecutive hackathon using data from the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme of the European Space Agency and the European Commission organised by CzechInvest’s ESA BIC Prague space incubator in connection with the international Earth Observation ClimLab project focused on a broad range of sectors in which climate change appears, such as medicine, education and infrastructure, among other fields.
More information on the EOVation City & Climate hackathon is available on the ESA BIC Prague website.