About Copernicus Hackathon & Climathon

Copernicus Hackathon & Climathon Riga 2018

26th of October 2018

Location: Riga Technical University Design Factory (Kipsalas street 6, Riga, Latvia)

Organizers: Institute for Environmental Solutions, Riga Technical University Design Factory

Main theme: Copernicus for smart cities development and management in the context of climate change


About Copernicus Hackathon and Climathon Riga 2018

Copernicus Hackathon and Climathon are international initiatives which support the development of thousands of new ideas and solutions for climate challenges across the globe. The main theme for Copernicus Climathon and Climathon Riga 2018 is “Copernicus for Smart Cities Development and Management in the Context of Climate Change”. The 24-hour hackathon will take place on the 26th of October in RTU Design Factory. Entrepreneurs, students, researchers and professionals are invited to join the hackathon and share their knowledge and skills to co-create innovative ideas (concepts, products, solutions, etc.) for smart cities development and management in the context of climate change. The hackathon welcomes participants form fields of urban planning, computer programming, graphic and interface design, marketing, data science, GIS and EO, project management, environmental engineering, environmental protection, finances and other hackathon related fields.



16th of October in Cesis, co-working space Skola6 (Lielā Skolas street 6, Cesis, Latvia)

17th of October in Riga, RISEBA (Main building of RISEBA, Meža street 1 - 6, Room 24, Riga, Latvia)

18th of October in Liepaja, LIAA  Liepaja Creative Industries Incubator (Dārza street 4/8, Liepaja, Latvia)

3 pre-events will take place in  Cesis, Liepaja and Riga a week before the 24-hour hackathon. Pre-events’ participants will gain practical and theoretical knowledge about Copernicus satellite data, includingdata availability and different processing tools. At the end of each pre-event, all participants will receive a Copernicus Academy certificate that will confirm skills and knowledge gained in the lectures and workshops.

Find pre-events' agenda here

Find application for pre-events' here (lang: Latvian)

Presentation slides (lang:Latvian) from the pre-events:


About Hackathon

During 24-hour period, participants have to develop smart solutions for challenges defined by four municipalities in Latvia (Cesis, Jeglava, Salacgriva, Liepaja) or participants can propose challenges by themselves. At the start of the hackathon, each city will introduce participants with the defined challenges and relation to th climate change. Afterwards, field experts and professionals will provide an introduction to urban planning, development and managament of cities in the context of climate change, as well as risk factors to be taken into consideration when developing new solutions, products and services. The Copernicus Hackathon and Climathon Riga 2018 will also welcome a keynote speaker from the European Commision, Mr. Thibaud Delourme who will introduce participants to the Copernicus program and Copernicus Start-up Programme.

The second part of the hackathon will start with team work – the participants who have applied individually will be divided or included in multi-disciplinary teams. During the hackathon, the teams will work together with professional mentors, each participant will have an opportunity to attend various workshops lead by field experts to help with the ideation process. Considering that the event is 24 hours long, the organizers will take care of renewal of participants’ energy by providing catering, aerobics, and a quiet place for resting.

In the morning, the teams will present the results of their work to a professional jury who will evaluate each solution and award the best team.

Find preliminary agenda of the hackathon here.

Descriptions of city challenges:


The winning team will be granted an opportunity to continue developing of their idea within the Copernicus Accelerator Programme, the Climate-KIC Greenhouse business incubator, as well as other prizes for professional development in the total value of 3500,00 EUR.

Find out all about the application for the hackathon here


The Copernicus Hackathon and Climathon Riga  2018 is a part of the Copernicus Hackathon and Climate-KIC programmes – two international initiatives that invite European citizens to explore data application fields and develop practical solutions for adapting to and mitigating climate change.

About Copernicus:

Copernicus is an EU Programme aimed at developing European information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data.  Using satellite and in situ observations, Copernicus services deliver near-real-time data on a global level which can also be used for local and regional needs, to help us better understand our planet and sustainably manage the environment we live in. Copernicus is served by a set of dedicated satellites (the Sentinel family) and contributing missions (existing commercial and public satellites). The information provided by the Copernicus services (e.g. Copernicus Climate Change service) can be used by for a wide range of applications in a variety of areas. These include urban area management, sustainable development and nature protection, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, health, civil protection, infrastructure, transport and mobility, as well as tourism

Find out more about Copernicus here


About Climate-KIC:

Climate-KIC that has developed Climathon movement is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero-carbon economy. Climate-KIC addresses climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, climate metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.

Find out more about Climate-KIC here