What is CASSINI Hackathon: Space for Defence and Security?
CASSINI Hackathons: Space for Defence and Security is a bi-yearly technology event, spanning over three days of non-stop technical talks, workshops, competitions, and coding. For 60 hours straight, around 1,000 participants can enjoy world-class presentations, demos, community events, and its classic 48-hour coding competition.
Do I have to know how to code to participate?
No, we encourage anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship, creative industry, and EU space technologies to participate. Bring your creative, business or design skills to a team!
Can I apply if I have no knowledge of Copernicus, Galileo, or EGNOS data and signals?
Yes! We will provide you with the relevant training and access to data that you will need to succeed - even without prior knowledge.
How are applicants selected?
CASSINI Hackathons: Space for the Financial World curators aim at selecting the best, most participative and motivated, programmers and creatives. For this, they rely on what candidates fill in their profiles (their pitches and personal bios) and evidence of engagement in previous editions (if applicable). CVs don't matter, please don't paste full CVs as an application pitch. What matters is your potential and your passion for technology, no matter your level of experience.
If there is no hackathon organised in my country, can I apply to the nearest one?
Yes. The CASSINI Hackathons will have several hybrid locations, and you may apply to those. Just select a hackathon location that has the option of participating virtually.
How much does it cost?
CASSINI Hackathons: Space for Defence and Security is free for all selected candidates.
Do I have to register with a team?
No, not at all. All participants must register as an individual and form a team after registering using the hackathon platform. Instructions will be provided after the registration process is complete.
Can I register our company employees in bulk?
No. Candidates must register and apply individually.
Can I apply if I don’t have a concept in mind prior to the hackathon?
Yes! Before the hackathon comes The Big Idea Campaign (6 - 17 March). This week-long series of events will set the scene and provides the opportunity for teams and participants to brainstorm ideas. It is not required to have a concept or idea in mind prior to application.
Do you pay for the attendees' transportation and/or accommodation costs?
No. However, there may be discounts and other partnerships. If so, these will be announced in the months leading to the event, so make sure you follow us on one of the social networks where we're present.
Can I bring a guest to the event?
No. In the hackathon competition can only participate the people that registered for the hackathon.
I was selected but can't attend the event, what do I do?
Please let us know. Spots are limited and it would be nice if another candidate could go instead (but no, you cannot choose who that candidate might be).
When will the schedule be available?
A detailed schedule will be available closer to the event, on our website
Will there be a live stream from the event?
Yes, live streaming will be available. The feed will be focused on the activities taking place on the main stage, such as talks and contests. When nothing is going on there, you can expect a general transmission of the event.
Will the talks be recorded?
Unless the speaker states otherwise, every talk will be recorded and available online in the weeks following the event.
Why is the official language English?
We have attendees coming from all over Europe. English is usually well understood and accepted. Our main motivation is technology and talent, and these are global attributes, so our main 'language' is what we use to code. English is not the only language at the event, though. The event is bilingual, so there may be talks held in the local language of the hackathon location.
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