The first EMODnet hackathon, 15-17 November 2017 – Antwerp,  will offer coders, developers, data enthusiasts, marine/maritime companies, students and entrepreneurs the chance to play with archived and near-real time marine open data to create prize-winning innovative applications in the areas of Marine Environment, Blue Economy and Public Knowledge or Services.

All the details about the hackathon will be described during the upcoming kick-off session taking place on 22 September 2017 from 16:00 to 19:00 CEST. The event will be webcast. You can watch it at

The Kick-off will be opened by Dimitri Schuurman, Team Lead User Experts at imec.livinglabs and Senior Researcher at imec-mict-Ghent University, who will provide an overview of the hackathon themes and detail the application process for all the interested participants.

A set of presentations focused on the value of open data in the marine and maritime domains will follow to clarify the challenges of the hackathon. Two keynotes from Pieter Jan Jordaens, Sirris – the Belgian technology center (“From a good idea to a success story: the creation of 24SEA), and from Pieter Jan Note, naval Architect (“Project Mahi: Development of an autonomous vessels”) will further inspire potential hackathon participants by providing examples of innovations relevant to open marine data.

Watch the webcast at

The hackathon applications open on 22 September 2017 and close on 23 October 2017!