Lisbon INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

A Hackathon and Ideathon for the Oceans and Ocean Activities

The EuroGEOSS workshop, supported by the European Commission (EC) and the implementation of GEO done through EuroGEO in the EuroGEOSS initiatives etc, addresses a series of societal challenges.

The Lisbon INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 is a contribution to the joint efforts to solve these challenges. The hackathon addresses some of the key topics identified by the EuroGEOSS workshop, namely to look for synergies across projects, initiatives, to offer networking opportunities to the participants. The hackathon is a practical contribution and focuses the activities around ocean related activities and how ocean observations in combination with other data can be transformed into information that users can benefit from.

The Lisbon INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 is one of the satellite INSPIRE hackathons. The hackathon is organised in the frame of the EuroGEOSS workshop and is part of the offers included in the NextGEOSS Summit.


Earth observation data applied in the context of marine activities to benefit users across all public and private sectors.

This hackathon is organised in the frame of the INSPIRE Hackathon series.


  • Thursday 20th June:The hackathon kicks off with a webinar at 13:00 CEST about the challenges and some ideas to ignite creativity and interest.
  • 20th – 30th June: Virtual hackathon. Creation of teams, development of ideas, and problem solving through online communication using Google Docs, skype, zoom, etc
  • 1 July: Attending NextGEOSS Summit in Lisbon (register here asap)
  • 2 July: Attending NextGEOSS Summit Training and/or onsite hackathon with guidance from experts from DEIMOS, Terradue, Datopian, UAB, among others
  • 3 July: Onsite hackathon at the DEIMOS offices in Lisbon – summary of results by end of day.  

The results from the Lisbon INSPIRE hackathon as one of the events comprising the first ever distributed INSPIRE hackathon, will be given together with a report from the Patras INSPIRE hackathon (Patras DataBio Hackathon) at the EuroGEOSS workshop  on either afternoon 3rd July or 4th July  in Lisbon, Portugal  



The hackathon consists of two parts including:

  • a virtual period: The teams will work virtually. Membership and participation in this part is open to all.  There will be one educational webinar during the virtual hackathon to facilitate idea development and collaboration.
  • a onsite hackathon event 1st -3rd July (attendance optional for team members/participants) which is the closing event of the hackathon where the results of the hackathon will be presented. A summary of the results will be presented at the EuroGEOSS workshop on 3rd/4th July. Both the onsite hackathon and the EuroGEOSS workshop will take place at PAVILHÃO DO CONHECIMENTO – LISBON, PORTUGAL. For more details, please visit the or the EuroGEOSS workshop website. Here is practical information.


The jury will consist of members representing organizers and supporters of the Lisbon INSPIRE hackathon. See below.


THE FIRST PHASE of the Lisbon INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 starts before the actual on-site hackathon. During the first phase, teams are formed and registered, and preparation of team projects for the on-site hacking is happening. You can create your own team with people you know or people you’ve worked with before. Or you can can explore the existing ideas and teams that have been already created and you can simply join them. The teams will describe the challenge and indicate what tools and how they will attack the problem. This description will be published on so that others can join. The hackathon is open to all interested.

THE SECOND PHASE includes the on-site hacking, presentation of results and award ceremony, 1-4 July 2019 at the PAVILHÃO DO CONHECIMENTO – LISBON, PORTUGAL.  During the three days all projects will be finalised. All the teams will be invited to present their projects for publication on the (and other websites of their choice) For this reason, the teams should prepare presentations showing the results of their hackathon projects.

The registration is available at


Each team will be evaluated by the jury based on the following criteria:

  • Creative use of the NextGEOSS data hub and platform
  • Interoperability of the solution
  • Use of big data
  • Use of semantic information
  • Use of artificial intelligence technologies
  • Clarity of the presentation


Although the INSPIRE hackathon concept is not so much about awards and competition, a bit of gamification is considered inspiring and fun. We are therefore in this version of the INSPIRE hackathon offering some fun and some very useful rewards/prizes.

The best three projects/teams selected by the jury will be awarded. This includes

  • USB sticks branded by the INSPIRE Hackathon and other gadgets by supporting organizations and projects
  • a live broadcast on social media
  • an interview (video/audio) with the winning team that they can use freely and that will be published in selected channels

A big surprise award to the best overall use of the NextGEOSS data hub and platform. Follow us on social media and subscribe to updates from the Plan4all website to get the news first …


See recommendation and descriptions at EuroGEOSS workshop website.


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The Lisbon INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 is organised and/or supported by the following organisations, projects and initiatives:

Plan4all – Plan4all is a non-profit association sustaining and further enhancing the results of multiple research and innovation projects. It aggregates large open datasets related to planning activities in different specialisms areas transport, spatial and city planning, environment and tourism. Plan4all makes sure that open data are easily accessible for reuse, data are maintained and their quality is improved.

DataBio – The data intensive target sector selected for the DataBio project is the Data-Driven Bioeconomy, focusing in production of best possible raw materials from agriculture, forestry and fishery/aquaculture for the bioeconomy industry to produce food, energy and biomaterials taking into account also various responsibility and sustainability issues. DataBio proposes to deploy a state of the art, big data platform “on top of the existing partners” infrastructure and solutions – the Big DATABIO Platform. The work will be continuous cooperation of experts from end user and technology provider companies, from bioeconomy and technology research institutes, and of other partners. In the pilots also associated partners and other stakeholders will be actively involved. The selected pilots and concepts will be transformed to pilot implementations utilizing co-innovative methods and tools where the bioeconomy sector end user experts and other stakeholders will give input to the user and sector domain understanding for the requirements specifications for ICT, Big Data and Earth Observation experts and for other solution providers in the consortium.

NextGEOSS  The NextGEOSS project will implement a federated data hub for access and exploitation of Earth Observation data, including user-friendly tools for data mining, discovery, access and exploitation. This data hub will be supported by a strong commitment to the engagement of Earth Observation and related communities, with the view of supporting the creation of innovative and business oriented applications. The main general objectives for NextGEOSS are to 1) Deliver the next generation data hub and Earth Observation exploitation for innovation and business; 2) Engage communities, promoting innovative GEOSS powered applications from Europe; and 3) Advocate GEOSS as a sustainable European approach for Earth Observation data distribution and exploitation. NextGEOSS engages main providers of Earth Observation data, including Copernicus Collaborative Ground Segments.

EUXDAT – EUXDAT proposes an e-Infrastructure, which addresses agriculture, land monitoring and energy efficiency for a sustainable development, as a way to support planning policies. EUXDAT builds on existing mature components for solving them, by providing an advanced frontend, where users will develop applications on top of an infrastructure based on HPC and Cloud.

OGC – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that ‘geo-enable’ the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful within any application that needs to be geospatially enabled.

AFarCloud – AFarCloud will provide a distributed platform for autonomous farming, which will allow the integration and cooperation of Cyber Physical Systems in real-time for increased agriculture efficiency, productivity, animal health, food quality and reduced farm labour costs. This platform will be integrated with farm management software and will support monitoring and decision-making, based on big data and real time data mining techniques.