6th CASSINI Hackathon: Space for International Development & Humanitarian Aid
Dive into some of the critical challenges faced by millions of people around the world. We’re assembling problem solvers from across Europe to develop sustainable solutions that support international development and humanitarian activities. Take part in this brand new edition of the CASSINI Hackathons and get the chance to win one of three overall prizes: 6 months of expert mentoring from notable professionals in the space industry! Check the information below to learn more about the CASSINI Hackathons.
1. REGISTer to the hackathon
Hit the orange button " ⚡ LOG IN TO JOIN" or "⚡JOIN HACKATHON" button. Depending if you have an account on TAIKAI or if you have to create one. Your registration will be finalised once you have filled out our registration form where you'll pick your hackathon location.
There you go, now you are part of the 6th CASSINI Hackathon: Space for International Development & Humanitarian Aid! As a next step, go to the matchmaking tab and search for teammates. Teams have to be built before the start of the Hackathon Weekend (3 - 5 November).
You are in luck! At the CASSINI Hackathons, you have the chance to win twice . First at a local level and second at the European level.
Local prizes - Each hackathon location has its own unique set of prizes for the local winners and runner-ups. Take a look at what you can win at the local level by checking the subpages of the local hackathons. (Click on the hyperlinks for the eleven locations in section 3 for more information)
Overall prize - At the European level, the three top hackathon teams will win the big prize and get access to the CASSINI Mentoring. A 6-month mentoring programme that includes 100 hours of mentoring by top experts and is designed to turn your hackathon project into a successful business.
If you join the CASSINI Hackathon Ukraine, you can compete for some awesome prizes from local sponsors and partners. Plus, you'll get a special invite to show off your idea at the Demo Day & Awards Ceremony. But, just so you know, you won't be able to take part in the 100-hour Mentoring programme.
3. WHAT ARE THE CASSINI HACKATHONS?
The CASSINI Hackathons & Mentoring is a unique project that takes place simultaneously in 11 different countries.
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The 6th CASSINI Hackathon challenges you to develop innovative concepts and products showcasing your inventive spirit by developing viable solutions that will catalyse global innovation and provide aid to those in need. These novel solutions should support sustainable infrastructure development, strengthen food security & access to clean water, and aid in the forecasting and understanding of forced migration.
No previous space/hackathon experience is required! Check our three challenges* below:
- Supporting sustainable infrastructure development
- Strengthening food security & access to clean water
- Understanding and forecasting forced migration
For full challenge descriptions, check out our website: cassini.eu/hackathons
*Please note that our challenges are referred to as 'Categories' inside the TAIKAI platform!
4. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Students, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, researchers and others are welcome to participate. You are eligible if you are 18 years old or older at the start of the Hackathon (3 November) and reside in an EU Member State, Norway, Switzerland, or Iceland. All teams must have at least 3 team members and can go up to a maximum of 8 members.
5. IMPORTANT DATES
💡 9 - 19 October | Big Ideas Campaign
Join us for this series of online evening events where we aim to spark your creativity and help you meet fellow team members. We kick off with our launch session, then dive into the key space technologies and how they are used in international development & humanitarian activities. Pick and choose the sessions that interest you and be ready to be inspired. The agenda will be published at the start of October.
📅 26 October | Registration Deadline
Register before the deadline - this applies to both you AND your teammates.
🤓 3 - 5 November | The Hackathon Weekend
The main event! Join hundreds of participants around Europe and in Ukraine as you develop new products and services that contribute to the future of infrastructure, food security, clean water supply, and forced migration. Each location will select one winning team at the end of the weekend to move on to the Demo Day & Awards Ceremony.
🏆 9 November | Demo Day & Awards Ceremony
The winners of the local hackathons from around Europe will come together to pitch their solutions in front of an expert jury that will select the top 3 hackathon projects. This event is open to the public to join.
6. JUDGING CRITERIA
Both at the local level and the European level your solutions will be judged against three simple criteria.
- Relevance (33%) - Does the project address one of the hackathon's three challenges? Does the project make use of Copernicus, Galileo and/or EGNOS data and signals?
- Innovativeness (33%) - How innovative is the idea compared to products/services that are already on the market? Is there potential for a viable business case?
- Quality of the team (33%) - Do the technical, business and creative expertise of the team members match the needs of the project?
In case you have questions check the FAQ tab or simply email us at [email protected]. We'll be glad to help!