The call invites students, teachers, and companies to generate ideas to counteract environmental pollution. The winners will be able to present their initiatives in Finland.
**UPDATE: Applications close on Monday, August 23rd.
With data coming literally from space, government and scientific organizations from Finland and Chile presented an initiative to promote the reduction of climate change and environmental pollution. Through a contest called “Impacto Chile Hackathon“, the aim is to promote the development of new technological applications, obtained with the information that Copernicus satellites collect and openly deliver every day about the conditions of the territory.
This Hackathon aims to bring together students, academics, startups and companies that promote sustainable development in Chile, especially in the areas of air quality, agriculture, forestry and mining. This, considering that despite the improvements in environmental matters, Santiago de Chile has been positioned as one of the cities with the greatest pollution problems.
The teams competing in this Hackathon will have access to information and mentoring from academics from the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of the University of Chile during the development of this competition. The information provided by the Copernicus Sentinel satellites is available for the development of the environmental solutions they may propose.
The family of satellites, hosted by the Copernicus program, launched by the European Union, provides daily information on the climate situation, air, sea and soil quality throughout the planet’s territory. With this, it is possible to generate new technologies that help to counteract pollution and environmental damage, both in Chile and in the rest of the world. The academic and researcher of the Center for Mathematical Modeling, Jaime Ortega, expressed that “the applications of Copernicus are infinite, and this, together with the development of artificial intelligence, opens the doors to develop solutions to many problems”.
The Hackathon is organized by Ultrahack, a Finnish company specialized in the development of open innovation. Also collaborating in this initiative are the Embassy of Finland and Business Finland in Chile; in addition to the Finnish Meteorological Institute; the University of Chile; the Ministries of Science, Mining, Environment, Transport and National Assets of Chile. Also participating are the Foundation for Agricultural Innovation (FIA) and the Center for Information on Natural Resources (CIREN); Copernicus Relays Alliance; Eurochile Business Foundation and Mujeres Ingenieras.
“This initiative seeks to promote the creation of new solutions for the environment, and also for the sustainable development of Chile,” added the Finnish Ambassador to Chile, Eija Rotinen. The head of Air Quality at the Ministry of the Environment, Marcelo Fernández, added that “today we have a very important collaboration project. We have important challenges to solve with the help of initiatives like this one”.
The hackathon is open to all innovative solutions that can address key challenges and accelerate Chile’s progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The competition will be held from September 3 to 5, and those interested in participating should form groups of 2 to 5 people.
Through the website impactochile-hackathon.com, interested groups can register for this competition. Applications close on
August 18 August 23 and the best teams will be selected to present their ideas to public and private organizations. The winning group will have the opportunity to travel to Finland to present their project and exchange their ideas for sustainable improvements based on innovative applications.