Copernicus Hackathon Darmstadt

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In the weekend of 12 and 13 October cesah will organize together with HVBG and FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt the Copernicus Hackathon in Darmstadt, Germany. Theme of this Copernicus Hackathon is smart cities/urban planning with focus on traffic.

The Copernicus Hackathon will give you the chance to work together with others, to explore diverse application fields on Earth with Copernicus free and open access satellite data.

You will be guided to get access to Copernicus data, technical support from mentors and the business case development opportunities with experts. The latest program will be provided in the agenda section soon.

The winning team will get a seat in the Copernicus Accelerator Program. All teams will be invited to pitch live at INTERGEO 2018 stage in Frankfurt am Main in front of big corporates and VCs in the biggest international fair in the field of geo-information.

24 h



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Who can join?

Everyone above 18 and resident of one the following countries (EU Member States + Norway and Iceland).

Why should I join?

Why not 🙂 hackathons are the perfect way to meet inspiring people, get brilliant ideas and learn useful skills. Additionally, hackathons usually lead to the creation of at least one serious business idea that gets developed into an actual startup.

What if I’m not a rocket scientist?

Our hackathon participants are generally enthusiastic, well-educated, tech savvy students and (young) professionals with a passion for space and innovation. But you don’t have to be a computer programmer or a rocket scientist to enjoy the adventure. In our experience, the teams that consist of participants with the most diverse backgrounds usually create the best solutions. In fact, designers and artists are often the most sought-after people in the team-building phase.

Alone or as team

You can join alone, we will do the matchmaking or sign up as team ( Ideal teams have 4-5 members with a mix of relevant skills ).

The Challenges

# Help to prevent critical infrastructure like railway networks and highways from fire hotspots

# Monitor and help to improve air quality for bicycle speedways in Hesse

# Track changes in transport infrastructure (road and railway network) based on OpenSource data


If you're able to beat the clock there is a lot to gain in a hackathon. For your service we highlighted just a few points. You should also check our video interviews of past hackathons on youtube or check our our image gallery at flickr.


open minded people from various fields and with different background. Chat, exchange ideas and push yourself to the next level.


new possibilities for your future career. Get intouch with key stakeholders of your business and highlight yourself and your profession.


the competition and take the chance to make a big step forward through the Copernicus Accelerator program.


hands on support by top level mentors from industry and university. You'll find no other place with so much knowledge just a call.


to work in conditions of extreme uncertainty. Feel the startup mode - and conquer one's weaker self.


To get started you just need to bring your own computer plug in and that's it. In addition you can use our ComBase platform to communicate with other users and experts to push your ideas and solution forward.




We'll have a pre-hack event just before the actual hackathon where you can ask questions. The format will be kind of webinar. We'll also introduce you to the challenges.



Intro + Crunch

On the first day, we'll introduce you to the event and form teams. No you should also finally commit to a specific challenge and you're good to go.



Crunsh + Demo

Just after 24hrs of work you should finish your work. We'll have the demo pitches right after it, where you can have valuable feedback for the final pitches. The whole day is dedicated to concentrated working..

Sun. - Mon.



From Sunday to Tuesday you'll have enough time to improve your solution and your pitch. You can use the feedback from the demo to deliver your best.




Follow inspiring speaches and presentations about Earth Observation and Open Data. Our special partner "Bundesamt fĂĽr Kartographie" will be on stage @INTERGEO.




Final day will be all about your presentations and solutions. Jury will listen to your presentations, followed by the award ceremony. And yes - everything will be live on stage during INTERGEO, fair visitors can step by and listen to your solution.


For our detailed agenda please click here (PDF-Viewer needed). After the registratrion deadline and before the event, you will receive addional informations you might need. If you have questions in the meantime JUST ASK.

And yes, you heard nothing about costs yet. This is why the event is for free!

Terms of participation

To find the terms and conditions for your participation click here (PDF-Viewer needed).


All participants are able to win one of the following prizes.

1st prize

Qualified with a seat at the Copernicus Accelerator
National qualifier 3rd European FabSpace event with sponsored trip (flight/hotel) to Rome (Italy)

2nd prize

Microsoft Surface Go
Qualifier for the FabSpace Bootcamp

3rd prize

Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Qualifier for the FabSpace Bootcamp

All participants will have the chance to attend at guided tour at EUMETSAT after the event.

All you need is your creativity

Beside your personal computer you don’t need to bring along any additional equipment. All other tools will be online or provided by the FabSpace and its partner during the event. First, we want you to subscribe to the event, you can find the subscription link below. As interdisciplinary teams usually provide the best results, we do not expect any specific expertise from you. Of course it is helpful if you already know about your topic and you just want to enlarge your experience. But we created this sessions especially to provide a first access.

Open for everybody

No matter wich field your active in its worth to join our event to team up in a heterogenous group. Everybody is welcome to join.






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DATE: 12.10./13.10.2018 + 17.10.2018

Pre-Hack: 11.10.2018, starting 10:00, Campus Lichtwiese, L2/04 Hörsaalzentrum

TIME: starting at 13:00, ending at about 18:00 on Saturday

LOCATION for Hack: HUB31, HilpertstraĂźe 31, 64295 Darmstadt

LOCATION for Pitches: Frankfurt am Main, fair, 12.1F.033


FORMAT: Hackathon

DEVICES(S): Please bring your own Laptop! No other devices needed

Food and Drinks: Free drinks, coffee and sweets and dinner + breakfast

Accomodation: You will have the chance to sleep in the event room

Cleaning/Refreshing: Showers and toilets are on-site