Generally, a hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest, or codefest) is an intensive event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, domain experts, etc work collaboratively in teams on technical, business and design projects. Usually hackathons challenge participants to think of creative and innovative ideas on a specific thematic area and to generate software prototypes within the time span of the event.
“hackathon” is a portmanteau of the words “hack” and “marathon”, where “hack” is used in the sense of exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer security.

It is the first time that a Copernicus Hackathon is being organized in Northern Greece!!!  
The main goal of the Copernicus Thessaloniki Hackathon is to bring together creative minds, who will use Space data and EO services in order to build applications that will solve every day environmental challenges. Over a course of an exciting weekend all participants will have support from our mentors and full access to:

-Copernicus space data,

-DIAS cloud service services,

-DRAXIS data platform(serving EO data and services)

Hackathons are about learning and having fun. Join us and live the experience

We are DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL S.A. We are based in Thessaloniki and we love to build applications for the environmental and the agricultural sector. We have partnered with a number of great organizations in order to organize the Copernicus Thessaloniki Hackathon! We think that by working on our own is only going to get us somewhere, but if we remain open and try to attract new people and ideas around us, only then we can work collaborative and solve some of our planet’s/society’s biggest challenges. That’s the reason why we decided to organize this Hackathon; because we want to bring all the stakeholders on the table and speak their ideas. Even if you don’t participate in our hackathon, you can reach out and come discuss your ideas, or see where our research is taking us.

The Copernicus Thessaloniki Hackathon is being organized in the framework of the Copernicus Hackathon Programme, which is implemented by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen. The Copernicus Hackathon Programme, is a brand-new initiative, financed by the European Commission aiming to bring together developers, tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, topic-specific experts and other creative minds to use the Copernicus Earth Observation data and services in order to generate new applications that will address societal challenges.

You can apply either as a team, or as an individual. Each team should be composed by 3-5 members. On Friday 29th of November we will organize a warm-up event, in order to present in-detail hackathon’s challenge, meet each other, get to know the teams and help individuals find their teammates. Individual applications will not be able to take part in the contest without joining a team.

Each team should go beyond a concept presentation. We ask from the participants to transform their ideas into a minimal, but actually working prototype/demo. The preferred outcomes can be in the form of applications, services, APIs, newly derived datasets and app concepts / draft developments. The use of Copernicus data and/or services is necessary and also the idea needs to contribute to sustainability, in order to fulfill the main objective of the hackathon.

The solutions presented to the selection board will be evaluated based on the following evaluation criteria:

-Relevance to the hackathon topic.

-Interest of the project (Is the project innovative? Does it create value for the users?Is it feasible technically?).

-Quality of the team (technical and business expertise, understanding of the thematic area, commitment to the project).

Additional special prizes will be awarded to the participants/teams provided by the partners that support the hackathon.The teams or individuals that will be awarded special prizes, will be selected and awarded by the respective partner based on criteria that they defined. You can find the terms for each specific prize in the “Rules of Participation”

All participants to the Copernicus Thessaloniki Hackathon shall be of legal age and resident of one of the Copernicus participating countries (EU Member States + Norway and Iceland).

Your laptop (with Wi-Fi capability), its charger and your good mood are enough! Apart from that you may bring anything you need for your personal comfort.
Everything else like lunch, dinner, snacks, coffees and drinks are provided by us!

No! The event is for free.
During the hackathon we provide our participants with food, drinks, access to data and services and an encouraging environment to collaborate and build awesome projects!

Yes! There will be a free space for the participants who want to bring their sleeping bag and take a power nap! You are welcome to leave overnight to sleep in a real bed, but many participants sleepover at the venue!

A programme of




Implemented By


Organized By


Our partners


UNESCO Chair on Futures Research, PRAXI Network, Foundation for Research and
Technology Hellas, Greece


National Observatory of Athens





Voxxed Days Thessaloniki

Aristotle Space & Aeronautics Team


University partners

Department of Physics, University of Patras
CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield
GEO University
Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade
University of Macedonia

Energized by

Nymfi Beer
Melissokomiki Dodecanese S.A
Red Almond

Under the auspices of

Ministry of Environment & Energy
Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece