Engineers, developers, designers, scientists, and other experts will come together at the SpaceTech Integrated Applications hackathon in Tartu, Estonia, on 3-5 November to brainstorm on possibilities for new applications that combine satellite navigation positioning systems, Earth observation data, hardware and social media.

The SpaceTech Integrated Applications hackathon is to take place as part of European Space Week in Tartu, Estonia. Organised by Garage48 together with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and ESTCube, this year the hackathon will have four main streams:

  • Satellite Positioning stream, powered by GSA;
  • Earth Observation stream, powered by ESA;
  • Hardware stream powered by ESTCube; and a
  • Social Media stream / Open Data stream.

The goal of the hackathon is to give participants the opportunity of meeting with like-minded people and exploring the possibilities of space technology, to come up with exciting ideas on how to use different elements from the four streams to create integrated solutions that allow people to reap the greatest possible benefit from space.

GSA Market Development Officer Justyna Redelkiewicz noted that the GSA was extremely excited to join SpaceTech this year. “This is the third hackathon for Galileo, yet this opportunity is unique – participants will be able to integrate different space technologies and data to come up with some disruptive solutions that can improve our life on Earth. We are looking forward to empowering participants with the knowledge and support to take their app to the next level with GNSS positioning,” she said.

Paul Liias, a space expert at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication, noted that the international hackathon aims to create the best possible conditions for new businesses in space technology to come into being. “We have organized free access to Copernicus data and a Galileo signal for all the participants – all to ensure the optimal outcome,” he said.

The hackathon will be held in the Physicum gallery at the University of Tartu. It starts at 17:30 on Friday 3 November with a pitching session and ends on the evening of Sunday 5 November with the announcement of the winners and a networking session. We will announce details about the prizes and the tech partners at a later date, so stay tuned!

If you are interested in attending the event, you can register here until 23 October. A pre-event webinar on 18 October will provide you with inspiration and help you prepare. If you are unable to attend the hackathon in person don’t worry – the event will be livestreamed. Details on the webinar and livestreaming will follow later.