Copernicus hackathon


1-2 March 2019



Brno – Technická 23

Copernicus Hackathon is...

is technology competition organized by CzechInvest in cooperation with other partners within the Brno Space Days.

For 24 hours...

teams come together to work on challenges with the goal to imagine and design innovative services and products that find every day uses for EO data.


composed of 2-5 multidisciplinary participants will try to create a prototype with business potential that can be pitched in 7 minutes.



2. 000 €

For winners of Copernicus for Industry Challenge

One seat in the Copernicus Accelerator (a one-year coaching scheme organised by the European Commision)

1. 000 €

For winners of Special Challenge: Green roofs



1 year subscription for EO Browser by Sinergise and its hackathon offer.


ESA BIC Prague

Preparation for entry into ESA BIC Prague/Brno  in the form of consulting and assistance with preparing the registration form

World from Space

Internship at Word from Space.


3 mentoring lessons lead by experienced internal consultants of JIC.


Business Support

Possibility to become a part of ESA BIC Prague, Copernicus Incubation Programme or Astropreneurs Space Startups Accelerator.


Hand On

Opportunity to try working with space technology and cooperate with professionals from different areas.


Presentation of the winning project at the Brno Space Days.

International Networking

Networking and self-presentation in front of leaders of Czech start-up community and representatives of MNCs with a chance to launch successful cooperation, possibility to meet innovators and space technology enthusiasts.


Inspirational working environment

Come and work at the creative ground of the Technological Hub


Workshop by JIC

When: 20 February at 3PM

Where: JIC INMEC Purkyňova 649/127, Brno-Medlánky, 612 00

Come to listen the inspirational stories of companies that use satellite data in their products. You will learn where to get finance for your start-up using satellite data. You can establish co-operation and verify your idea.



Workshop by World from Space

When: February

Where: Masarykova univerzita – Geografický ústav

Data from EO (earth observation) are more accessible thanks to Copernisus program od ESA and European Commision. At workshop we will introduce you different types of Earth data that are constantly flowing from the interplanetary space to us. We’ll show you where to get data and how to easily view them even though you are not some expert. And we will share the tools that are available to convert data into information and also show you where Copernicus data can be used in practice in our country on Earth especially in the Czech Republic.





Mining is industrial driver from very beginning of industrialization. What are new-are possibilities for monitoring ground mining sites a well as recultivation monitoring.


Possible questions:

Where are mining sites and how they are changing over time? What is total area of coal mining sites in EU countries? What about prospection and heaps assessment? How recultivation is proceeding?


Suggested data use:

  • Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar data, Sentinel-2
  • Landsat 5-8


Urbanisation and new constructions are relevant phenomenon across the world.


Possible questions:

Where are construction areas? How much land is “lost” within districts in last 3 years?


Suggested data use:

  • Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar data


Citizen health and public opinion is loud driver of legal restrictions for industry pollution producers. Relevant, actual and wide range data are of high importance.


Possible questions:

What are sources of pollution that can be tracked from satellite data? How is situation changing over the year? Is Ostrava area affected by air pollution that can be tracked from space?


Suggested data use:

  • Copernicus Sentinel-5P
  • Copernicus Sentinel-2


Forested land (with agriculture) cover most of country and are facing huge transition under climate change. Forests in central Europe suffer from slash events, summer fires, drought and bark beetles.


Possible questions:

What is the extent of the forest disasters? What is severity of forest slash? Could be bark beetle invasion predicted?


Suggested data use:

  • Copernicus Sentinel-1
  • Copernicus Sentinel-2
  • Copernicus Sentinel-3


Modelling of terrain is important for understanding of hydrological cycle.

Possible questions:

How can be terrain modelled using free satellite data? For which extend is the resolution sufficient for hydrology modelling?

Suggested data use:

  • Sentinel-1 SLC
  • Aster DEM


The challenge connected with creation of heat islands in the cities is not only related to high temperatures in this area during daytime. It also correlates with limited ability of the city to cool down in the nighttime, which significantly limits its habitation.

Possible questions: What are differences between day- and nighttime maximum surface temperature in the urban areas? How can differences described above be monitored with the help of satellite data?

Suggested data use:

  • Landsat 8, thermal


In many world landscapes, irrigation and fertilization of agricultural parcels and urban greenery is not optimized. This leads to frequent mortality or reduced crop yields for farmers and unnecessary waste of water. However, these are very often huge areas and it is very difficult to properly monitor and react to the current needs of the soil. This challenge could be solved by satellite data integrated in the intelligent system of management of irrigation and fertilizer and optimize the process of plant nutrition. Consequently this solution would increase the profitability of crops without undue waste of water.

Possible questions: Use of satellite data to evaluate how many irrigation and fertilizer soil needs. Assess and quantify its potential. Possible use of satellite data with definition less than 10m/Px?

Suggested data use: Sentinel-2 Landsat 7-8 any High resolution optical data

Your own innovative idea how to use EO data for Industry.



One of the key challenges towards the climate change mitigation that cities are facing is how to rise vegetation coverage within urban areas. Trees and greenery have various positive effects on environment – from lowering temperature during heat waves, capturing water from rainfall, decreasing noise and pollution levels on the streets. However, it is extremely difficult to design and create new green areas within stabilised urban areas that have been settled often centuries ago. Building green roofs and green facades on the existing buildings is important measure that can be done, thus city administrations investigate and support such solutions.

Possible questions:

Localise actual green roofs within the city, asses and evaluate its impact on the surrounding, quantify its potential. Question could be also to distinguish between intensive and extensive green roofs.


Suggested data use:

  • Copernicus Sentinel-2 data (vegetation index)
  • Cadaster map (buildings)
  • Green roofs potential Prague open data portal – golemio.cz


Petr Kapoun

Petr is an enthusiast to technologies, start-ups and with a vision of changing today´s society at least a little bit (to it´s better). Throughout the years he was at the establishing of dozens of companies.

To this day he is in startu-up environment. He established Cape Free company, which supports and invests to newly born companies. He spreads education about finance, building start-ups, investments and mainly space activities in the Czech Republic.

In 2014 he co-established space start-up S.A.B. Aerospace, which is engaged in development of space technologies. Last but not least, he initiates opening the technological centre Tech Nest, where will be developed a teleport in the future.

Tomáš Ridoško

Space has always been a big passion of Tomáš so when the Czech Republic entered ESA, he grabbed the opportunity and got his dream job in SAB Aerospace in Brno. He works as a structural analyst and the company instructor. In cooperation with JCMM he supported several space related student works. Working with young people is his hobby – just as good films, books and games.

Tomáš Slavkovský

Tomáš is marketing expert and has an experience from startup manufacturing 3D, Seznam.cz in Business development department where he was responsible for the company´s strategy and currently is working in Windy and Melown Technologies (another affiliated society of Seznam) where he is in charge of Marketing department.

Roman Bohovič

Roman is earth observation expert. He has worked in research and has experience in land surface phenology, vegetation indices and drought impact. Roman founded World from Space start-up and won several space hackathons.



14:30 – Participants registration

15:00 – Welcome by organisers

15:50 – Workshops to help you tackle the technology and challenges

16:30 – Building the teams and pitching your idea

17:00 – Hacking time

00:00 – Midnight refresh


00:00 – Hacking time

14:00 – Pitch training

17:00 – End of hacking

17:30 – Presentation for the jury

19:30 – Award ceremony, Farewell cocktail

Designation of Winners:

Each team will present its project to a jury during a 7-minute presentation which will take place at the end of the competition.  The solutions presented will be evaluated based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Relevance to the hackathon topic (25%)
  • Innovation and originality of the project, value for the users, technical feasibility (50%)
  • Quality of the team – technical and business expertise, understanding of the thematic area, commitment to the project (25%)
  • Use of the earth observation data (elimination criterion)

Meeting the criteria will be evaluated by a jury consisting of representatives from the interested partners, investors, technologic experts, business experts and innovation infrastructure.

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Jana Šmotková

Email: jana.smotkova@czechinvest.org

Phone: +420  296 342 839