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Great interest for the first Space Data Hackaton

The space data hackathon, which was arranged last weekend, gathered closer to 100 tech savvy students and professionals with a passion for space and innovation. All with the common goal - to find the best solution to clear up satellite images.

One of the largest challenges when it comes to space data analysis is cloud occlusion, which means that areas on the images are fully or partially covered by clouds and hamper the analysis. By clearing up these images, the space information can be better utilized when monitoring climate change, measuring vegetation, etc.

In order to tackle this challenge and enable the full potential of satellite data, The Swedish Space Data Lab together with Arctic Business Incubator and Innovatum Startup invited to a 24-hour hackathon over the weekend of February 21-22. At this time, close to 100 developers, data science specialists and tech savvy students gathered at two locations - Luleå and Gothenburg - to figure out how. 

“It has been a great interest around this hackathon. We see that this kind of event is excellent for accelerating ideas and creating good results in a very short time” , says Viktor Lehtonen, Project Manager at AI Innovation of Sweden. "

An intensive 24-hours challenge

The teams were given two assignments; 

1, to use the Swedish satellite data (provided through ODC) to train a model that is able to estimate certain statistics for an occluded area based on the information from the surrounding area, as reliably and accurately as possible. 

2, develop a viable business case for the solution developed or from techniques utilised to develop the solution.

To solve this challenges, the participants got access to the satellite data via the OpenDataCube(ODC) and the satellite data collected in the international Copernicus program.

winners.jpgThe Winning Team Yenomze; Mim Kemal Tekin, Elif Ezgi Cangöz, Hariprasath Govindarajan, Stefano Toffol, and Hector Andres Plata Santos together with the jury. Photo: Jakob Rockmyr  Photo: Jakob Rockmyr

After more than 24 intensive working hours, the winning teams were announced. The first prize was awarded to the Yenomze-team for having built the models that most accurately estimated the area “behind the clouds”. In addition to the honor, the winning team received SEK 12,000 and an optional coaching session to further develop the business case for the developed solution with ABI or Innovatum Startup.

"The hackathon format is a fantastic way to create value in a short amount of time. It is also a way to gather and engage the AI-community, and give the opportunity for like-minded peers to meet and learn from each other."

An important event for the Space Data Lab

For the Swedish Space Data Lab the hackathon gave a lot of values to the project;

"A hack with this many participants gave us a fantastic opportunity to stress-test the servers for multiple users, but also to evaluate the workspace and the infrastructure developed in the project for future improvements"

This hackathon was the second one organized by AI Innovation of Sweden, and according to Viktor Lehtonen, more will follow:

viktor02_1_0.jpg“The hackathon format is a fantastic way to create value in a short amount of time. It is also a way to gather and engage the AI-community, and give the opportunity for like-minded peers to meet and learn from each other. From the projects point of view, it shows us that actual results can be delivered during a short amount of time and help us find solutions to smaller problems."



Read more about the Swedish Space Data Hackaton

The Space Data Hackathon was arranged over the weekend 21-22 February at two different locations, The Techno Creatives in Gothenburg, and Arctic Business in Luleå. A total of 100 people participated in 18 teams. The Hackathon was organized by AI Innovation of Sweden and The Swedish Space Data Lab in collaboration with Arctic Business and Innovatum Startup. Read more about the Swedish Space Data Lab