Copernicus OceanHack

When 22-24 November 2019

Where Mektory, Tallinn, Estonia 

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  • Brace yourself, Garage48 in cooperation with Copernicus are excited to invite you to work with an ocean of data without getting your feet wet! This OceanHack will be our anniversary event - already for the 5th time at Garage48 we are taking space data in order to create or add new features to solutions - this time it will be all about marine data.

    Copernicus OceanHack is funded by the EU’s Copernicus Programme and has been organised through a partnership of EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Environment Service, and the Estonian Environment Agency.

    The event is a one-of-a-kind gathering of data scientists, web/app developers, UX and UI designers, visionaries/space enthusiasts, marketing wizards and business developers, project managers and field experts to create solutions to
    problems that currently affect the Baltic Sea, and beyond to help people in their daily lives in this beautiful region.

    Nov 1st, Palto Alto Club in Tallinn
    To support your idea generation and team formation, we're welcoming teams and individuals to work on pre-formed challenges, data and business model canva.
    All the info, challenges and mentors are

    Join the pre-event in Facebook and register yourself for the pre-event HERE.

    Why should you join the Copernicus #Oceanhack pre-event? 
    OceanHack is for ready made teams with ideas! This means, there will be no idea pitching and team formation at the actual hackathon. If you don’t have a team with an idea, then this pre-event IS THE PLACE TO BE to work with the marine data, pre-formed challenges and create solutions to problems that currently affect the Baltic Sea.

    Who are we looking for? 
    • Web/app developers, field experts, UX/UI designers, data scientists, visionaries/space enthusiasts and marketeers/business developers/project managers
    • INDIVIDUALS, who want to find a team and an idea
    • INDIVIDUALS, who have an idea and want to get a team around the idea
    • TEAMS, who want to find an idea
    • TEAMS, who want to polish their idea during the pre-event
    • TEAMS, who want to find additional team members


    Transport will be covered en route Vilnius-Riga-Tartu-Tallinn participant bus and ferry tickets from Helsinki to Tallinn.

    To sign up for the Copernicus #Oceanhack bus, register here:

    Accommodation is provided!


    The Baltic Sea region is home to more than 85 million people (of whom 15 million live on the coast) and is one of the most intensively used seas on the planet. Whether it is shipping, fishing, energy cables and pipelines, or tourism and recreation, all these activities have an impact on the unique Baltic Sea region.

    Your challenge is to create solutions to problems that currently affect the Baltic Sea, and beyond, and help people in their daily lives in this beautiful region. To solve this challenge you are encouraged to use the wealth of newly-available Copernicus marine data which is all open access and ready for you to use.

    Various approaches are welcome: create new solutions or add ocean-smart features to existing solutions. Propose innovative data visualisations for academic purposes or for raising awareness around the Baltic Sea environment and beyond. Mobile, web apps, platforms - it’s your call! We would particularly welcome imaginative projects using artificial intelligence or machine learning approaches. The best solutions will be awarded with cash prizes up to 8000€!

    • Education apps that bring the oceans to life
    • Water quality – new intelligence on algal blooms
    • Traffic and navigation – improve ship routing or monitor pollution e.g. oil or ballast waste?
    • Green energy – use Earth observation data to find wave or wind energy hot spots.
    • Research: data visualisations, new ways of combining different types of data, new data analysis models
    • Warnings – develop new ways of communicating weather warnings to ocean users?
    • Baltic Sea fish stocks – track fish hotspots or fishing activity?
    • Marine productivity assessment - near fish farms
    • Sea ice – new ways of keeping an eye on the formation and extent of sea ice
    • Flood mapping
    • Identify plastic pollution hotspots
    • Internet of Things (IOT) and combinations of ground sensors to networks

    CHALLENGES for IDEATION - find them at the PRE-EVENT "Challenges" subpage.

    Join the event in Facebook for all the latest updates.

    In case you have any questions, feel free to write us at

    NB! Schedule is tentative, changes are possible and likely to happen. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time - use the time before the event kick-off to get to know the crowd and to network.

    Friday, 22nd of November

    17:30 - Check-in, networking & snacks

    18:00 - Opening remarks

    18:30 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    20:00 - Teamwork begins!

    Saturday, 23rd of November

    09:00 - Breakfast

    10:00 - Checkpoint #1

    11:00 - Mentors go around

    13:00 - Lunch

    14.00 - Pitch training

    18:00 - Checkpoint #2

    19:00 - Dinner  

    20:00 - Development continues

    Sunday, 24th of November

    09:00 - Breakfast

    10:00 - Checkpoint #3

    11:30 - Pitch drill #1

    13:00 - Lunch

    14:00 - Pitch drill #2

    15:30 - Finalise preparing your product demo/presentation

    17:30 - Final event & LIVE stream

    18:45 - Refreshment break. Jury decides.

    19:15 - Award ceremony, networking, celebration


    Garage48 is a weekend long intensive development event to work out innovative technological solutions. In 48 hours, participants turn their ideas into working prototypes. A Garage48 event is a mixture of a hackathon and an exercise from a bootstrapper's bible. With origins from Estonia & the Silicon Valley, Garage48 events evolved being the first of its kind events in rapidly developing tech countries: Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya & elsewhere. The aim of Garage48 is to bring innovative ideas and new startups into life.


    Positive attitude, an open mind and lots of energy! Everything you need for rapid product development.

    Please also take your:

    • laptop;

    • 3-5m power extension cord (as power might be at a distance);

    • mobile phone;

    • all chargers;

    • mattress, sleeping bag and towel.


    Ideas are submitted prior to the hackathon, after the pre-event (date of the pre-event TBA). Please prepare a 1 (one) PDF slide of the problem you are trying to solve.

    Consider the following key points:

    • Describe briefly your background.

    • What is the name of the idea?

    • What's the idea all about? What is the problem your idea solves? To which issues it draws attention? Target user count and description if applicable.

    • Technical solution and if there is a revenue model (in case of non-profit idea, how the maintenance and further development costs will be covered?).

    • Minimum viable product and plan for 48 hours. Who do you need for the team?

    Please send your ideas to Deadline: 10th of November.

    After we have chosen the ideas, idea owners will go on stage at the hackathon and present their ideas based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Event host and the audience can ask 1 to 3 short questions.


    All the teams will get a room/space to work on their idea during the weekend. You should start by dividing roles, setting the product vision, customer journey and start working right away. It is very important that you have a project manager (team lead) in the team - one of the tasks is to keep the focus of the team, one eye on the clock and the other on the team progress. 48 hours is a really short time.


    We'll provide you warm meals, snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the whole hackathon. We have taken into account that people eat differently, so we have food for everyone.


    We have arranged mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them are more technical, some more business savvy. Be open and ask for their advice and contacts.

    Please wear your name badge during the whole event, this will help to encourage networking. Otherwise, be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams. Most importantly - have fun!

    1. Copernicus WEkEO platform -
    This provides access to Copernicus datasets and cloud based processing.
    The project teams chosen to attend the hackathon weekend on 22-24 November will each get access to a free WEkEO virtual machine with the following specification: 4 vCPUs, 32GB Ram, 500gb storage and 1 public IP address. The WEkEO accounts will be free for use from 10 November- 31 December, after which standard hosted processing charges would apply. The winning team will get a year of free WEkEO access:

    2. Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service products -

    3. EUMETSAT Copernicus Sentinel-3 marine data

    and via EUMETView -

    4. Department of Marine Systems at Tallinn University of Technology -

    5. Copernicus Climate Data Store -
    The C3S Climate Data Store (CDS) is a one-stop shop for information about the climate: past, present and future. It provides easy access to a wide range of climate datasets via a searchable catalogue. An online toolbox is available that allows users to build workflows and applications suited to their needs.

    6. HELCOM data store -

    Other useful marine data:

    Learning resources:
    • Cash prizes up to 8000€
    • Three week training/development place to work with ocean experts at EUMETSAT (Darmstadt, Germany) to develop your idea further (includes travel and accommodation cost)
    • Astropreneurs - business mentoring programme (5 places) -
    • Tickets to Latitude 59
    • Tickets to sTARTUp Day 2020
    • WEkEO platform free usage for one year
    • OceanHack goodies for all participants
    This #OceanHack is for ready made teams with ideas. Get your team together and ready to hack by 10/11/2019. We will support your team formation during a pre-event which will be held on the 1st of November at Palo Alto Club, Tallinn! 

    Join the pre-event in Facebook and register yourself for the pre-event HERE

    If you already have a team ready before that, then please fill out this application that can be found here:

    The ideas and teams that get accepted to the hackathon, will get to work in the Garage48 proven prototyping format and with international mentors to bring their ideas into life.

    #g48spacetech #g48tallinn

    The Mentors 

    Mark Higgins
    Training Manager at EUMETSAT
    Neil Fletcher
    Communications and Outreach Manager at EUMETSAT
    Joana Miguens
    Copernicus Data Services System Architect at EUMETSAT
    Kai Rosin
    Leading Specialist at Estonian Weather Service, Environment Agency
    Fabrice Messal
    UX & Capacity Development Manager, Mercator Ocean International
    Andres Luhamaa
    Data Integration & QA Engineer @ PlanetOS
    David Bazin
    Customer Success Manager (IT) at Mercator Ocean International
    Cédric Giordan
    Service Desk Manager at Mercator Ocean International
    Martin Jüssi
    Director Consulting Services, Earth observation at CGI
    Ben Loveday
    Marine Earth Observation Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory
    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Priidik Lagemaa
    CMEMS Baltic MFC Executive board member
    Maarika Truu
    Garage48 host & mentor, Head of partnerships at Single.Earth
    Sascha Heising
    Head of EU projects at Cesah
    Jaanus Sakkis
    Creative Director and Founder at Feks Design


    Kadri Tiisvelt
    COO│ Project Manager at Garage48
    Merit Vislapu
    Project Manager at Garage48

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