1ST PRIZE – ONE SEAT FOR THE COPERNICUS ACCELERATOR
The Office for transfer of aero-space technologies RST-TTO, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has organized the first Copernicus Hackathon in Bulgaria, under the patronage of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria. Main partner of the event is the Center for Excellence – “Universities for Science, Informatics and Technology in e-Society” (CoE-UNITe). The event was held from April 19th to April 21st 2019 in the Technical University of Sofia.
Copernicus Hackathon Sofia is part of the Copernicus initiative, designed to stimulate new Start-up, Scale-up, Technology Transfer & Innovation-based business ideas. It provides a unique opportunity to bring together developers, entrepreneurs and topic-specific experts in order to develop new added value products. Before and during the event, business and technical trainings were provided in the form of online and seminar lectures. To the participants was provided Copernicus data and cloud infrastructure for data access and project development.
The themes for the Hackathon represented the following areas: Emergency management, Environmental protection, Marine and coastal monitoring, Precision agriculture and to the participants were given the opportunity to propose their own idea on how to use Copernicus EO data to develop an added value product.
Two Info days in the cities of Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo were conducted in the beginning of April, in order to promote the Hackathon and to provide information about the addressed themes, the Copernicus programme, data and access, usage of CREODIAS and CloudSigma AG cloud platforms, etc. to the potential participants.
The Opening of the event was on April 19th and was opened by the Director of the RST-TTO Mr. Kamen Iliev and the official guests: the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria – Liliya Ivanova, the Vice-Rector the Technical University of Sofia – Ljubomir Dimitrov, the Director of the Space Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Prof. Roumen Nedkov, the Executive Director from the Sofia Development Association, Sofia Municipality Council – Svetlana Lomeva. Presentations were held about the Copernicus Programme, opportunities for National funding instruments – Fund of Funds, Banking tools for innovative financing – Programmes “COSME” and “InnovFin”. Also was presented the already formed teams, the Mentors and the challenges of the Hackathon. The organized Cocktail gave the opportunity for the individual participants to be matched-in teams.
50 participants matched-up in 13 teams were competing 2 days for the 1st prize – one seat for the Copernicus Accelerator, organised by the European Commission. The additional prizes given were: visit to the Phi Week, ESRIN – ESA – sponsorship from UBB-Bulgaria and EARSC; Credits to be used in CREODIAS Platform for 3 teams; 3 months of office space in the mini-incubator the “GIS-TransferCenter”; One year GEO Premium subscription provided by GEO University; Adventurous experience in Bulgaria; tickets for the Webit.Festival Europe 2019, Sofia for 5 teams.
Organization and management of the resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies (preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery).
Assessment of the direct and/or the indirect damages caused by floods.
It is important to determine the burn severity of a wildfire as many post-fire assessment and management decisions will be based on this information. Burn severity also effects wildlife habitat, changes in the soil, erosion potential and many components of aquatic environments.
Landslides are natural hazards with significant worldwide impact. They typically result from extreme natural events, such as heavy rains, earthquakes, combined with conditioning factors that are often related to human activities, such as deforestation and intensive land exploitation for agricultural purposes.
Its objectives are to conserve natural resources and the existing natural environment and, where is possible, to repair damages and reverse trends.
In Bulgaria, a certain percentage of the forest is allowed to be cut, based on the forest's age. Typically for young forests under 50 years, it's 10-15%, for forests up to 100 years it's 20-25%, and for forests older than 100 years, it can be 50-60%. This kind of felling is allowed to be done every 8-12 years. Finding the forest felling percentage can be used to see if the respective felling was in the legal limits.
The rejected minerals and rocks liberated through mining and processing have the potential to damage the environment by releasing toxic metals (arsenic and mercury being two major culprits), by acid drainage (usually by microbial action on sulfide ores), or by damaging aquatic wildlife that rely on clear water (vs suspensions). Recultivated land is the disturbed land, the productivity and economic value of which is restored and its environmental conditions are improved.
The monitoring of the biophysical parameters of water is essential for assessing the status of ecosystems, identifying potential pollutants and taking preventive measures.
Finding and addressing oil spills as soon as possible can reduce the economic and environmental impacts caused by it. During the threat of an oil spill, responders also need to know where that spilled oil will go in order to protect shorelines with containment boom, stage cleanup equipment, or close areas for fishing and boating.
Ships use transponders to send their location to the respective authorities and other ships. However, not all ships want to be found. Tracking ships can be proved as useful for finding illegal fishing boats, refugees, etc.
Bulgarian coastal tourism has been booming the last 20 years. This has caused extensive construction of hotels and infrastructure on the Bulgarian coast. Making a time series of this construction might give an insight of just how fast it develops.
A farming management concept based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops. The goal of precision agriculture research is to define a decision support system for whole farm management with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources.
Soil moisture data can be used for a number of applications, such as: reservoir management, crop yield forecasting, early warning of droughts and irrigation scheduling. It's also used in studies of global climate change as the the exchange of water and heat energy between land and atmosphere plays an important role in the climate.
Mentors are the people who will help you on-site with any relevant questions you might have. Mentors will provide support in the following domains: software development, GIS and EO, project and business management, and thematic expertise.