Turku Space Hack 19.3. - 11.4.2018


Turku Space Hack is a Hackathon where open-source earth observation (EO) satellite data from the European Copernicus program is deployed to create new commercial products and services. Competing teams receive satellite and sensor data regarding e.g. climate, land, and sea area conditions. In order to support the development work carried out by the teams, the organizers and collaboration partners provide an opportunity to receive expert mentoring on a weekly basis, which the teams can use for their advantage in order to ensure a good-quality result. The common goal of the whole hackathon and its organizers is to find new uses for open data for communities to employ, and to enable new forms of commercial activity. As a result of the work carried out by the teams in the competition, new business models, applications, web pages, visualizations, or other concepts utilizing EO data may be born. The best teams will receive prizes, expert support for the further development of the business idea, and possibilities for longer-term collaboration with event sponsors. Turku Space Hack will also provide valuable training for the teams aiming at Ultrahack Sprint I 2018, granting them a priority in line for the ESA BIC Space Hack.


The Turku Space Hack launch event will be arranged on Monday 19.3.2018 from 12-14 at Åhuset, Gezeliuksenkatu 2, 20500 Turku. In connection with the competition start, a welcome event comprising an introduction to the use of EO data will be arranged for all competitors and collaboration partners.

The Turku Space Hack launch agenda:

12:00     Welcome
12:05     Goals of Turku Space Hack
12:15      Competition rules and judging criteria
12:30     Team forming
12:45      Break
13:00     Work instructions
13:15      Introduction to open Copernicus data
13:30     Discussion and planning between the teams and organizers
14:00     Kickoff ends

In a concluding event on Wednesday 11.4.2018, each team will present the results of their competition work, which a jury will rank based on the following criteria:

  • Novelty: Is the solution innovative and does it offer significant added value?
  • Feasibility: Can the solution be realized using the technologies currently available?
  • Usability: Are the benefits easily reachable from the end user point of view?
  • Commercial potential: Can the solution be commercialized and what are its benefits for producers and buyers?
  • Degree of open data usage: How efficiently has open data been leveraged?


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Contact Information:
Mikko Vermanen
Project Researcher
University of Turku, Turku School of Economics
Gezeliuksenkatu 2, 20500 Turku
+358 40 146 0638


Katri Honkonen
Project Assistant


Tuuli Sundén
Visual Designer