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Take part in this year’s global Ocean Hackathon

​News | 10 May, 2021

A world-wide hackathon competition aimed at providing solutions to marine related issues has opened its call for challenges.

Cardiff is one of 18 host cities taking part in this year’s Ocean Hackathon. The Ocean Hackathon is a 48-hour non-stop event where teams of students, marine experts and IT professionals will develop algorithms, apps, games or other solutions to problems related to the marine environment.

The hackathon weekend will take place in the Cardiff School of Technologies at Cardiff Metropolitan University on November 5-7, 2021.

Our portal is now open for individuals or organisations to submit their ideas for challenges, problems or issues to be tackled during the event.

Steve Aicheler, manager at the Centre for Entrepreneurship said; "It’s really exciting to bring this event to Cardiff, a city with strong links to the Ocean. We’ve got unprecedented access to data, plus teams of innovative and imaginative developers. This will help us to contribute to the global effort to learn more about the sea, to protect the environment and to use its resources in a more sustainable way."

To submit a challenge for Ocean Hackathon all you need to do is complete a simple web form which will ask about the challenge, what skills may be needed to solve it and what data would contribute to the challenge. Ocean Hackathon has secured access to datasets from CMEMS, EMODnet, OFB and many others.

To learn more about the available data please contact entrepreneurship@cardiffmet.ac.uk for an invite to a data webinar on the 18th May.

Ocean Hackathon is a truly global competition, with 18 cities, from as far and wide as Cape Town, Santiago and San Francisco taking part. The winning idea from Cardiff will join teams from around the globe in a final presentation to be held in Brest later in the year.

The call for challenges for Ocean Hackathon 2021 is open until June 6th.

If you're an individual or organisation with a maritime project idea, you can submit it as a challenge for the 2021 Ocean Hackathon.