Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020

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Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020
24 Mar 2020 UTC

Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020

24 Mar 2020

2020 is the fourth year of the INSPIRE Hackathon organised in the frame of the INSPIRE Conference (Dubrovnik, 12-15 May 2020).

Important notice: Despite the cancellation of the INSPIRE Conference 2020 in Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 continues as a fully virtual event.

The INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 is in line with the motto of the INSPIRE Conference – “Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together”. The goal of the hackathon is to promote collaboration and sharing of experience in the domain of spatial data/services  and citizen-science while showcasing their utilisation and uptake to different application domains and themes. This includes supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.



The themes of the INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 include:

  • Artificial Intelligence solutions with integrated use of citizen science data
  • Demonstrating interoperability between citizen-science tools and datasets while leveraging innovative protocols, standards and frameworks 
  • Facilitating integration between citizen-science and existing infrastructures/systems for environmental monitoring 
  • Artificial Intelligence and citizen science applied for the agricultural sector (EO4AGRI)
  • Showcasing integration between INSPIRE, GEOSS, COPERNICUS and citizen-science data, focusing on standardisation, web APIs and novel processing frameworks (i.e. machine learning), towards the creation of added value applications. 

The target domains include:

  • Environmental monitoring and policy making 
  • Agriculture and sustainable bio-economy
  • Disaster resilience
  • Transport applications for policy making
  • Planning
  • Environmental protection
  • Internet of Things
  • Weather 
  • Biodiversity



There are two virtual phases of this hackathon. The first phase of the INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 starts with actual hacking. Several challenges and their mentors were defined and anyone can join the challenge (see below). Virtual meetings, webinars and other means of communication will be used to advance the defined challenges. The mentor of each challenge will be responsible for communicating with the team members that join this challenge.

For participation in this virtual stage (from now on until 11 May 2020), please register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfA0xmnkfSf4L3qGIj1bwYo-DfWPLAZzrpYMJBwuuNO3kPVQ/viewform 

All the teams that participate in the remote phase of the hackathon will be invited to present their project results during the second phase of the hacakthon which is a virtual workshop that will be organised in mid-May. the date is to be confirmed. The teams will be asked to prepare a presentation showing their hackathon project results.



1 Using Sentinel 1 data and IoT technology for analysis of soil moisture Jiri Kvapil
2 Using AI intelligence for detection of Land Use objects Hana Kubickova
3 Deep learning for weather forecast Jan Horak, Ondrej Kaas, Michal Kepka
4 Traffic Modelling upon OpenStreetMap – use case of Františkovy Lázně. Daniel Beran, Jan Blahník, Karel Jedlička
5 Extend Open Land Use by selected Inspire Data Theme Dimitri Kožuch
6 Integration between citizen-science and EO authentication systems Andreas Matheus, Hector Rodriguez
7 Establish the connection of Citizen Observatories resources with central catalogue Joao/David (DEIMOS), Georgina/Lea from Datopian and (DEIMOS) and Valantis Tsiakos
8 Improve interoperability between methods for sharing in-situ and citizen-sourced data Valantis Tsiakos, Joan Maso, Michal Kepka
9 EO4Agri Ideathlon Karel Charvat, Vaclav Safar
10 Remote sensing derived vegetation phenological indices (crop emergence, harvest, etc ..) based on Copernicus data Cozmin Lucau-Danila
11 Copernicus and LPIS data combined in data cube services Gerhard Triebnig


More details on each challenge can be found here.



Each team will be evaluated by the jury based on the following criteria:

  • Combination of Remote sensing, INSPIRE and Citizen Science data or services
  • The utilisation of AI tools
  • Readiness level
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability of solution
  • Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Cross sectoral interoperability
  • Cross boundary interoperability



An important component of the INSPIRE hackathon concept is the capacity building activities. It is provided in webinars organized by each of the challenges. In addition to a short introduction to the INSPIRE hackathon concept and the specific challenge, experts are invited to speak about topics covered within the challenge. This way transfer of knowledge (often across disciplines) go side by side with efficient management of the challenge work. The webinars will be announced within a couple of weeks after the hackathon is kicked-off. 



  • March 2020 – start of the hackathon, registration opens
  • Between 23rd March – 3. April 2020 a series of webinars introducing the teams and their progress. There are educational elements in these webinars.
  • 11th May 2020 – preparing presentations for the remote workshop  
  • 13th May 2020 – remote presentations of the hackathon results