Kickoff | EMODnet OPEN SEA LAB



Open Sea Lab Kickoff Event

The Open Sea Lab Kickoff event will mark the official opening of the applications to participate in the Open Sea Lab Boot Camp Hackathon and all talks will be streamed live and made available online on the website afterwards. The event will take place from 16:00 to 19:00 on 22 September in DeSerre, Antwerp.

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Programme kickoff event EMODnet Open Sea Lab: 


16:00    Introduction – Dimitri Schuurman (imec)

16:10    Open Data:  Belgian perspective – Pieter Colpaert (Open Knowledge Belgium, imec-IDLab)

16:30    Smart Flanders – Nils Walravens (Smart Flanders, imec-SMIT-VUB)

16.40    EMODnet Marine Open Data: setting the scene – Jan-Bart Calewaert (EMODnet Secretariat)

16:55    EMODnet problem statement: why we need your help! – Iain Shepherd (European Commission DG MARE)

17:10    EMODnet user applications: what we know, what we don't know and what we can envisage – Alessandro Pititto (COGEA)

17:25    -------BREAK--------

17:40    Panel Discussion 'From Open Data to Innovation –  How to increase the flow?' – Moderated by Pieter Colpaert 

Panel Speakers : Iain Shepherd (EC DG MARE), Sara Garavelli (Trust-IT Services), Pieter Jan Note (Project Mahi), Pieter Jan Jordaens (OWI-Lab), Erik Laurijssen (Datylon)

18:10    Preview Open Sea Lab Bootcamp (15-17 November 2017) – Dimitri Schuurman (imec)

18:15    Keynote: From a good idea to a success story: the creation of 24SEA  – Pieter Jan Jordaens (OWI-Lab)

18:30    Keynote: Project Mahi: Development of an autonomous vessels  – Pieter Jan Note (Project Mahi)

18:45    Call to action  – Dimitri Schuurman (imec)

18:50    Networking reception





22nd of September to 15th of October - Selection process opens.

Now you can consider yourself wired for the real thing! Apply and sit tight to await November's bootcamp hackathon.

Check the webcast to relive the kick-off event and get inspired.

Apply individually or as a group, we will match your competencies.

Gather together and share the weblink with your friends or colleagues. Discuss the topic and get involved.


Explore the Data


Data Services & Data Downloads

EMODnet - your gateway to marine data in Europe - holds a wealth of marine data. There are 8 thematic portals in a consortium made up of more than 160 organisations assembling marine data, products and metadata to make these fragmented resources more available to public and private users relying on quality-assured, standardised and harmonised marine data which are interoperable and essentially free of restrictions on use. 

We understand that it may be a bit overwhelming to find your way around the data from EMODnet, so we tried to make it easier for you by listing the web services and providing some datasets for you to use during the Open Sea lab. Get inspired by exploring the data made available here. If there is a particular theme or dataset that you'd like to see listed here, don't hesitate to send us an email and we'll get back to you straight away.

Click here to access the data page. (This page is being continuously updated)




3 day Boot Camp​​​​

The bootcamp means three days of stimulation for those with big ideas and for those who develop and design very well! Each day from 9am til 6pm you can dive into a mind-boggling wealth of data and get started to create the next money making application, develop new solutions, conceive new business models or use cases based on one of the chosen themes for the Open Sea Lab data competition. 


Marine data

Use, re-use and combine archived and near-real time open marine data and observations from the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) , get support from different experts including marine data specialists, developers, experts in business modelling, pitching coaching etc.. and use their expertise to build or shape up your idea. Work together with your team and spend your time wisely. You will be amazed at how fast your progress will be with all the support that is on offer.


Match making

To enroll for the Boot Camp you can pair up with friends or colleagues who share your opinion and have skills that differ from yours.

Going solo on this one? No worries? There will be plenty of time and opportunities to partner up with someone with complementary skills but the same interest in Open Sea Lab. We will make your match!



Ideation: participants are encouraged to ideate a solution in the context of a specific theme related to the EMODnet data portals

Creation: elements of the solution are created, designed

Validation: elements or partial, early versions are validated with other teams, external testers or coaches: feedback is gathered

Iteration: based on the earlier gathered feedback, iterations are made, new ideation on elements of the solution can lead a new cycle of creation, validation and iteration.

This process also caters to Build, Test, Repeat, fail-fast principles, or lean start-up approaches.




Apply for the Boot camp