The first EMODnet hackathon, 15-17 November 2017 – Antwerp,  will offer coders, developers, data enthusiasts, marine/maritime companies, students and entrepreneurs the chance to play with archived and near-real time marine open data to create prize-winning innovative applications in the areas of Marine Environment, Blue Economy and Public Knowledge or Services.

All the details about the hackathon have been described during the kick-off session which took place on 22 September 2017 from 16:00 to 19:00 CEST.

The Kick-off was opened by Dimitri Schuurman, Team Lead User Experts at imec.livinglabs and Senior Researcher at imec-mict-Ghent University, who provided an overview of the hackathon themes and detail the application process for all the interested participants.

A set of presentations focused on the value of open data in the marine and maritime domains followed to clarify the challenges of the hackathon (all the presentations are available here). Two keynotes from Pieter Jan Jordaens, Sirris – the Belgian technology center (“From a good idea to a success story: the creation of 24SEA), and from Pieter Jan Note, naval Architect (“Project Mahi: Development of an autonomous vessels”) further inspired potential hackathon participants by providing examples of innovations relevant to open marine data.

Sara Garavelli, Trust-IT Services & BlueBRIDGE, contributed to the panel 'From Open Data to Innovation –  How to increase the flow?' – Moderated by Pieter Colpaert. The panel focused on open data, the existing barriers in data sharing and inspired the hackathon participants with examples of applications built on open data.

Watch the recording of the webcast at


The hackathon applications close on 13 October 2017!

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