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Open Sea Lab Hackathon: NODC among the lead mentors

29 March 2023

On 27-28 March 2023, over 500 registered participants from 83 countries worldwide joined together for the Open Sea Lab (OSL) 3.0 hackathon, representing a diverse community of marine experts. The Open Sea Lab Hackathon is a unique event that brings together data and multidisciplinary scientists, software developers, social innovators, students, and businesses in Europe and around the world to harness the wealth of open-source, marine data offered by EMODnet to develop solutions to Ocean challenges.

Alexia Cociancich, computer engineer at the National Oceanographic Data Centre was the lead mentor of the hackathon challenge: Eliminating pollution of our ocean, seas and waters. The other challenges were 1. Protecting and restoring marine & freshwater biodiversity. 2. Making the blue economy carbon-neutral and circular, 3. Contributing to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 4. Empowering social innovation, and 5. Wild card: Hack the ocean!

The event is a flagship event series of European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet), organised in collaboration with the European Commission DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), Copernicus Marine Service, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Flanders Marine Institute and Marine at University Gent.

Hackathon winners will be featured at the European Maritime Day 2023 (Brest, France) to showcase their talent and solutions before an international maritime audience.