CSEOL joins Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019
Posted on 04/04/2019

Team 8: Citizen Science in Africa to ground truth & exploit Earth Observation data

There is great potential for citizen scientists – or the wider public – to validate what satellites observe or to put those images to use, but implementing such ideas can face social, scientific, technical and economic challenges. @CSEOLab’s Uta Wehn is taking the lead in Team 8 of the Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 to explore these challenges and develop potentially fundable ideas.

The hackathon is one of the satellite INSPIRE hackathons, organised within the frame of the IST Africa 2019 Conference. A collaborative event, it has been organised by Plan4all and Club of Ossiach and EU/ESA initiatives including CSEOL, AfriAlliance, EO4Agri, DataBio, NextGEOSS, EUXDAT, PoliVisu and AFarCloud.

The goal of the hackathon – which is running remotely until May 10th this year – is to build and strengthen relationships between European projects and African communities. The focus is on building relationships, making rapid developments and collecting ideas for future research and innovation that address societal challenges such as agriculture and environmental sustainability, collaborative open innovation and ICT-enabled entrepreneurship.

While the INSPIRE hackathon itself is not a competition, any hackathon Team can channel their great ideas to the CSEOL process for the chance to win ESA-funding and CSEOL project support.