EMODnet Open Sea Lab II | EMODnet OPEN SEA LAB



Are you a Coder? Communicator? Data enthusiast? Entrepreneur? Or Creative mind with drive to develop solutions? Join us at the second EMODnet Open Sea Lab hackathon and develop innovative solutions with marine open data to address blue society challenges!

Apply here for the Hackathon 2019

During three days, in the vibrant and historical city of Ghent (Belgium), teams will compete and bring their expertise to develop novel marine and maritime applications using EMODnet, ICES and Copernicus Marine’s wealth of marine data and services.

No previous experience is required! Experts in European marine data management and digital innovation will help build your team (if you don't already have one), lead workshops and coach you to bring your innovative ideas into working solutions.

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Venue the Zebrastraat
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City of Ghent


The EMODnet Open Sea Lab hackathon 2019 in a nutshell

  • 4-6 September 2019 in the Zebrastraat located in the historical and vibrant city of Ghent (Belgium);
  • Challenges to address in three main categories:
    • Sustainable Blue Economy
    • Blue Society & Ocean literacy
    • Marine environment protection & management (including climate change);
    • more info about the challenges
  • Around 20 coaches & experts on-site from EMODnet, ICES, Copernicus Marine & imec;
  • Many workshops available, from Co-creation and Business modelling to Machine learning, Data visualization and Story mapping;
  • Tools for participants, prizes, side events, inspirational speakers and many networking opportunities!




The Open Sea Lab 2019 will address challenges in three main categories:

  • Sustainable Blue Economy
  • Marine Environmental Management & Protection
  • Ocean Literacy and Blue Society

For each of these main categories, several challenges have been defined, which serve as inpiration for the hackathon:


Sustainable Blue Economy

Marine Environmental Management & Protection

Ocean Literacy and Blue Society

How might we:

  • Use vessel data to monitor the environmental footprint of maritime traffic?
  • Stimulate novel sustainable blue tourism opportunities?
  • Develop tools to select and /or assess aquaculture sites, now and in the future?

How might we:

  • Develop a dynamic tool to create on-the-fly species distribution maps for important marine species?
  • Quantify the impact of our maritime activities on the seabed for better environmental management?
  • Develop tools to assess the impact of invasive species on marine ecosystems?

How might we:

  • Create tools, products or services to better inform our citizens about the relationship between our activities and the marine environment?
  • Develop new ways to make digital resources, such as those available via the European Atlas of the Seas, more accessible for the broad public using mobile applications?
  • Empower citizens with tools to help them become ocean stewards and contribute to better ocean governance?


Why Maritime Open Data matters?

With four seas, two ocean basins, 89,000 km of coastline and approximately 50% of the population living in our coastal areas, Europe is truly a maritime continent. And with the diverse and expanding blue economy there is a lot of demand for marine data and applications by industry and wider society. Marine resources like fish and minerals offer a huge potential but are under pressure and need to be sustainably managed. 

Access to accurate and adequate marine data has never been more important. EMODnet, ICES and Copernicus Marine are working to provide you with access to open data on many aspects of the physical and chemical state of our European seas and oceans, their depth, the geological structure of their seabeds, the habitats that they support, the biodiversity that inhabits them and the human activities that take place there.

These are open resources and we want to see them used in innovative ways to solve your problems or to create new applications. The Open Sea Lab hackathon will bring together teams and will involve ideation, co-creation, prototype development and validation by mentors.

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