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DECODE THE OCEAN!

7, 8 & 9 February 2022

GEAR UP AT YOUR OWN PACE OVER A 3-WEEK IDEATION JOURNEY, JOIN A 3-DAY VIRTUAL HACKATHON AND WIN UP TO €60,000 IN PRIZES!

About the Blue-Cloud Hackathon

The Blue-Cloud Hackathon is an open invitation to marine scientists & researchers, data scientists, ICT experts, innovators, students, and anyone who is passionate about the Ocean to explore and test Blue-Cloud: A new, Open Science platform for the marine domain offering a wealth of data, analytical tools and computing power to support you in developing solutions for a safe, healthy, productive, predictive and transparent Ocean.

Participants will be challenged to develop applications that contribute to improving knowledge of marine ecosystems; support the transition to a greener, blue economy; advance Ocean literacy; and/or enhance international collaboration towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

How to participate

Get familiar with Blue-Cloud

Follow a 3-week (optional) virtual ideation warm-up at your own pace and learn about Blue-Cloud’s services & tools

Form a team and propose your idea

During the warm-up, you will be invited to form a Team and shape the idea that you will work on during the hackathon.

Participate in the 3-day virtual hackathon

Together with your Team and your Blue-cloud mentors, build your idea to decode the Ocean!

Challenge Categories

You will be asked to deliver a “proof of concept” for an innovative solution that could be developed to address an Ocean challenge. Check out the challenge categories envisioned!

Understanding the Ocean.

How might we use collaborative science to advance knowledge of plankton and the key role it plays in supporting life in the Ocean?

Plankton is the fabric of marine ecosystems. They support the Ocean food webs and our fisheries, and they produce an estimated 50% of the Planet’s oxygen. However, in spite of successful efforts to gather a wealth of data, our knowledge of plankton remains difficult to analyze with integrative approaches. With your help, we can hack available plankton Big Data to address important knowledge gaps.

See Challenge 1A: Mapping hotspots of plankton diversity
See Challenge 1B: Tapping on environmental and molecular data

Feeding the World.

How might we balance our need to source healthy food from the Ocean to feed the World today with the need to secure a healthy Ocean for future generations?

Aquaculture has a crucial role in meeting the challenge of feeding a growing population while reducing the environmental impacts of food production. It has already overtaken fisheries as the main source of fish for human consumption. But aquaculture also poses risks to the marine environment. And it is affected by marine events that impact its productivity. With your help, we can make smarter aquaculture choices to feed the World without harming the Ocean.

See Challenge 2A: Assessing the environmental risks of aquaculture cages

See Challenge 2B: Maximizing food return, minimizing risks

Predicting environmental risks.

How might we use environmental indicators to understand complex phenomena affecting marine ecosystems and detect changes in their status with sufficient time to respond?

Climate change is causing severe impacts on marine ecosystems. However, these changes are often difficult to anticipate, leading to delays in the implementation of actions that could mitigate risks and help us adapt to new conditions. With your help, we can evolve early warning mechanisms to anticipate a more effective response.

See Challenge 3A: Making predictions about environmental conditions of a marine area
See Challenge 3B: Anticipating the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems

Wild Card: Hack the Blue-Cloud!

How might we use Blue-Cloud to advance knowledge of the Ocean? Or to support the transition to a more sustainable Blue Economy? Or to promote Ocean literacy? Or to advance international cooperation to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The Ocean does so much for us. And our health and wellbeing are intrinsically connected to it. With your help, we can make Blue-Cloud a powerful tool that brings people together to drive science-based action in support of the Ocean!

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There's still time to register your great idea!

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CHECK THE AGENDA

Training & Ideation Warm Up

17 January – 4 February, 2022

Training, Innovation & ideation Workshops, matchmaking & team formation. Check the full agenda

3-Day Live Hackathon!

7, 8 and 9 February, 2022

Hacking time, coaching sessions, delivery proof of concepts, and more!

Winners announcement

9 February, 2022

Judges will announce the winners of the challenge!

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€25,000.00

Towards further evolving and giving outreach to the winning solution, promoting its uptake

2 “innovation” coaching sessions to guide Team in evolving the solution
Travel costs covered for up to 2 Team members to participate in Blue-Cloud Final Conference

€20,000.00

Towards further evolving and giving outreach to the winning solution, promoting its uptake

2 “innovation” coaching sessions to guide Team in evolving the solution
Travel costs covered for up to 2 Team members to participate in Blue-Cloud Final Conference

€15,000.00

Towards further evolving and giving outreach to the winning solution, promoting its uptake

2 “innovation” coaching sessions to guide Team in evolving the solution
Travel costs covered for up to 2 Team members to participate in Blue-Cloud Final Conference

Blue Skies

Granted by “popular vote” of participants that join the “Pitch & Award Event”

Travel costs covered for up to 2 Team members to participate in Blue-Cloud Final Conference

The Winners commit to investing the awarded prize to further develop, boost and promote their solutions. The monetary component of the Prizes can be delivered only to legal entities registered in an EU Member State or in EU associated countries, as explained in the applicable Terms & Conditions.

    Did you miss the kick-off Live Session of the 3-week Ideation Warm Up leading up to the Blue-Cloud Hackathon?

    Watch the recording of the Live Event for useful insights and great reasons to join the hackathon. Registrations will close on 30 January 2022!

     

    DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?
    WE ARE HERE TO HELP

    What is the goal of the Blue-Cloud Hackathon?

    The Blue-Cloud Hackathon is an open invitation to explore and test an innovative, web-based Open Science environment that has been developed by the Blue-Cloud project, geared at facilitating science-based solutions for a safe, healthy, productive, predictive and transparent Ocean.

    Do I need to be a resident or live in a specific country to participate in the Hackathon?

    Anyone is welcome to join this Hackathon.

    How many people can my Team have?

    The Hackathon is expected to welcome 60-100 participants, grouped into 6 to 10 Teams. Each Team should have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 participants.

    What do I do if I do not have a Team?

    You are welcome to register as an individual. During the registration process and throughout the 3-week Virtual Ideation Warm Up, you will be able to meet other participants to set up a Team or to apply to join a Team that shares your interests or that might benefit from your talent, know-how or expertise.

    How do I apply to join a Team?

    You can visualise all the ideas that apply for the hackathon in the section “IDEAS”, directly on the platform HERE.

    Do I have to pay to participate in the hackathon, at any stage?

    Participation in the Blue-Cloud Hackathon and/or in any related program activity is completely free of charge.

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