The WEkEO Hackathon is here!

April – June 2023

The WEkEO Hackathon aims to explore and test the WEkEO platform and the Sentinel and Copernicus services, encouraging innovation and the potential development of new business concepts, in line with the Copernicus Thematic Hubs.

The purpose of the WEkEO hackathon is to help innovative, data-skilled people to create tools that will have a positive impact in the environmental field, using Copernicus data on the WEkEO platform




Welcome to the WEkEO Hackathon!
The WEkEO Hackathon aims to support creative and data-skilled people in conceiving tools to improve climate resilience and positively impact our environment, and furthermore encourage innovation and the development of businesses.
During the hackathon, participants will be able to unlock all the WEkEO platform features (computational resources, environment, and portfolio) to develop their projects, guided by coaches and mentors. Other data providers working in the frame of the Copernicus program (i.e EMODnet) will be invited as data providers and experts. WEkEO platform includes datasets from the different Copernicus Services. Using more than one source of data is strongly encouraged and will be highly valued during the evaluation process!
The WEkEO Hackathon will be preceded by a virtual ideation warm-up and a virtual hackathon (22 and 23 June 2023) and it will invite, challenge and guide participants to create tools that will have a positive impact in the environmental field, using Copernicus data on the WEkEO platform (mandatory criteria). By the end of the hackathon, teams shall be able to present a mockup demonstrator of their project.
Participation is completely free of charge and open to participants from all European Union (EU) Member States and EU-associated countries. Participants from other countries can also join.
To participate in the hackathon, participants must be in Teams of a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 participants.
IMPORTANT: Please note that the Hackathon is intended for Teams in which at least one (or more) team members are familiar with coding and/or programming.
Please note that participation is not allowed to individuals resident or domiciled in any country where participation would be prohibited by applicable law or the laws of the European Union.
By participating in the WEkEO Hackathon, you agree to these Terms and Conditions, as well as to the Privacy Policy of WEkEO accessible here and the Kreativdistrikt Privacy Policy accessible here, which jointly form the WEkEO Hackathon’s Terms and Conditions.

WEkEO Hackathon (“Hackathon“)

The purpose of the WEkEO hackathon is to help innovative, data-skilled people to create tools that will have a positive impact in the environmental field, using Copernicus data on the WEkEO platform (mandatory criteria).

  • Focused on the below defined 5 challenges, the teams should intend to develop projects such as (but not limited to):
  • innovative ways of visualizing data
  • new dashboards of indicators
  • what-if scenarios and tools to simulate scenarios
  • ways of using the data to communicate about environmental challenges

The overarching objective of WEkEO is to enhance access to Copernicus data and information. The WEkEO web portal provides the following services free of charge:

  • Access to its central web portal 
  • Registration and authentication services 
  • An expert User Support that is the single point of contact for Users for all issues relating to the WEkEO Service. 
  • A data viewer, which allows one to visualise, and access updated and timely Copernicus data directly from the original sources. It includes Copernicus data from Copernicus Marine Service, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Copernicus Climate Change Service, Copernicus Land Monitoring Service, EUMETSAT, and European Space Agency.
  • Access to a Jupyter Hub (including Notebooks examples) from a Virtual Machine with easy and scalable protocols to integrate and post-process all data

The Organiser (“Organiser”) of the event is Mercator Ocean International on behalf of WEkEO partners, with a registered office at 2 Avenue de l’Aérodrome de Montaudran, 31400 Toulouse France.
The Facilitators (the “Facilitators”) of the event are Kreativdistrikt S.r.l. ​(hereafter also “KDKT”), ​registered office via F. Petrarca 22, 20123 Milano, VAT code and Fiscal Code 09829520965 and Trust-It S.r.l., registered office in via F. Redi 10, 56124 Pisa, VAT No. 01870130505
The Facilitators and the Organiser may be collectively referred to as “hackathon organisers”.

The deadline for being in a team is 12:00 – CEST on 21 June 2023.
(OPTIONAL) IDEATION WARM-UP: 12 June 2023 – 20 June 2023
Gear up with the Copernicus data on the WEkEO platform, and receive crucial information to correctly participate in the hackathon, matchmaking & team formation session.
The full ideation warm-up agenda will be available soon.
2-DAY VIRTUAL HACKATHON: 22 to 23 June 2023
Day 1 – Thursday – 22 June 2023: Hacking time and submission of deliverables 1
Day 2 – Friday – 23 June 2023: Hacking time and submission of deliverables 2 & 3 & 4
Wednesday – 28 June 2023: Pitching & Award (Virtual) Live Event and Winners Announcement

The hackathon organisers will be the official timekeepers for this event.

By 21 June 2023 at 12:00 – CEST, register and create your personal profile by clicking on the “Register” button you will find on the Hackathon landing page
Upon registration, you will be asked to create your profile as a participant and to fill in the form with all the mandatory fields. At a certain point during the registration and team formation phase, you will be able to download the WEkEO Hackathon “Starter Kit” from the dedicated hackathon platform tab named “Starter Kit & Resources” which is visible to registered participants. The Starter Kit contains useful information that we recommend that you read carefully, such as how to use the hackathon platform, how to create or join a team, how to access the resources, how and when to submit your work, the required content for each deliverable, etc. Once available, please read the document carefully to prepare for the hackathon.
From 12 June 2023 to 20 June 2023, a virtual “Ideation Warm Up” will take place. During this period, live interactive sessions with a dedicated team of WEkEO experts will be organised to guide you to acquire knowledge and practice on the use of WEkEO and its resources. During this period, you will be asked to create or join a Team to address a specific challenge. Each Team must have from 2 to 10 members, appoint a team leader and we strongly recommend that at least 1 member is familiar with coding and/or programming.
You can either create your team as a team leader and then add your team members; join the team of your team leader, or specify if you’re applying individually and you’re looking for a team to join. When creating your team, you will be also asked to first select one of the available challenges categories that you would like to address with your team, which can be explored here:
Once your team is created, you and your team will be able to communicate in the Team’s private chat room, which is made accessible immediately after the team’s creation. If you don’t have a team, you will have the opportunity to apply to join another team directly on the platform or to chat with other participants through the #findyourteam channel, so that you can agree on setting up a team with others.
Once your team is correctly created, you will receive more information directly in your private team chat, such as hackathon deadlines and important announcements; how to contact the mentors; how to deliver the hackathon deliverables and final work; etc. In addition to content and instructions available on the Hackathon platform, tutorial videos, written guidelines, and templates will be provided to the Teams.
During the 2-day Virtual Hackathon, all Teams will be guided and supported by a group of mentors, who will guide you towards shaping and delivering your project. Mentors will be available to all Teams at specific times throughout the Hackathon. The jury deliberation & announcement of winners will take place on 28 June 2023.

The guidelines for the submission of deliverables can be found directly in the Starter Kit provided upon registration, as well as on the hackathon platform, at this link:

Frequently asked questions can be found here:
For any further questions please contact

The following challenges are envisioned:

  • Coastal
  • Arctic
  • Health
  • Energy
  • Wildcard

During the hackathon, participants will be asked to deliver a “Proof of Concept” (POC) for innovative solutions that could be developed to address one of the 5 challenges. The deliverables to be submitted are provided in the Starter Kit upon registration.

Right after the end of the Hackathon, the Jury will evaluate the teams’ POCs.
The evaluation criteria will be provided upon registration.

Participants may win one-year access to the WEkEO platform paid cloud computing, including the following services:

  • Discover datasets download
  • Jupyter Notebooks support
  • Virtual Machines
  • Processing tools
  • Free networking (in and out)

They will also be offered opportunities to pitch their projects in front of various audiences and will see their project showcased by the organisers, particularly (but not limited to) adding the project as a use-case in the WEkEO Website.
The prize pool will grow continuously, stay tuned for future announcements!

Submissions must be provided in English. Submissions in other languages will not be accepted.

Participants own their background knowledge which will be used during the hackathon.
The Hackathon Organizers have the right to use the foreground knowledge generated during the hackathon, with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

The Organiser is fully entitled to shorten, extend, modify, or cancel the hackathon in any manner it deems fit without incurring any liability to the Participants. The Organiser is fully entitled to disqualify a Participant or a team that does not abide by these Terms and Conditions or acts in any way deemed inappropriate by the Organiser.
The Organiser shall not be responsible, and assume no liability, for (i) lost, misdirected, or late submissions; (ii) electronic transmission errors; (iii) theft, destruction, change of, or unauthorized, access to submissions; (iv) technical problems, malfunctions or errors in the operation of any hardware or software which is necessary for the transmission of submissions or for the procedure of the hackathon, including computer viruses and bugs, or for manipulations, unauthorized access, scams, overload of the Internet or a website or any combinations of these, nor for other causes not subject to the inspection by the Organiser and the respective subsidiaries and branches of the Organiser. In case any of the above should occur, the Organiser retains the right, in its sole discretion, to adjust, change, postpone or cancel the hackathon in any manner it deems fit, or to take any other action it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifying any Participant who wrongfully causes any of the above to occur. The Organiser reserves all rights to recover damages and to take any resources that may be available to it against any such Participant.
Participants who are employees of a corporation, government agency, or academic institution are responsible for ensuring that their participation complies with any policies their respective corporation, agency or institution may have regarding participation in events such as the hackathon. If the Organiser has reason to believe that a Participant violated any such internal policies, the Organiser reserves the right to prohibit the Participant from participating in the hackathon. The Organiser assumes no liability and is not responsible for any disputes arising between a Participant and his/her employer with respect to participation in the hackathon.
These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by, performed, and interpreted according to the law of France, without regard to choice of law or conflict of law rules. The parties establish that for any future disputes relating to the interpretation, execution, or resolution of the agreements related to the Hackathon, the High Court of Toulouse will have exclusive jurisdiction.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, or the rights and obligations of the Participants and the Organiser in connection with the hackathon, shall be governed by and construed by the High Court of Toulouse – France.

When participating in this hackathon you accept and agree to the Privacy Policy of WEkEO accessible here and the Kreativdistrikt Privacy Policy accessible here,
The personal data collected and processed during the conduction of the hackathon will not be shared outside the European Union. In the unlikely event that a data transfer to third parties servers will be necessary, standard data protection clauses issued by the European Commission are applied for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries.


The Hackathon Organisers reserve the right to verify the validity of submissions, as well as their compliance with these Terms and Conditions, and to disqualify any Participant who interferes in any way with the entry process or who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The Hackathon Organisers will not accept any late or misdirected submissions. The Hackathon Organisers reserve the right to cancel the hackathon and/or cancel or amend the awards if it deems in its sole discretion that there is an insufficient number of participants.
Disqualification of any participant who the Hackathon Organisers has reason to believe has breached any of these Terms and Conditions or has engaged in any unlawful or other improper conduct shall be at the Hackathon Organisers’ sole discretion. The Hackathon Organisers’ decision in relation to any and all aspects of the hackathon is final and binding on every Participant and there shall be no appeal or review process for any such decision.
The Hackathon Organisers are not responsible for (i) any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer or online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, or any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, delay or error in postal service, or any combination thereof; (ii) any incorrect or inaccurate information caused by any equipment or programming associated with, or used in this hackathon, or any technical error, including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, mobile or satellite network failure, theft, destruction, unauthorized access or alteration of entries, or any combination thereof. The Hackathon Organisers assume no liability and are not responsible for any injury or damage to a participant’s or any other person’s electronic device resulting from participation in this hackathon or downloading any data as part thereof. In the event of war, terrorism, economic sanctions, riots, fires, natural disaster, or any other state of emergency or act of God, the Hackathon Organisers reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the hackathon or take any other action it deems fit with respect to the hackathon without any liability.


The winners of the hackathon will be announced at the end of the live event on 28 June 2023.

The Hackathon Organisers reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions and to add and/or remove any provisions from these Terms and Conditions at any time (including before and during the hackathon), for any reason and in any manner it deems fit.


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