WORKSHOP 26-27.04.2019 (HACKATHON)

Cracow University of Technology



The aim of the event is to find a solution to some problems with the use of services based on access and processing of satellite data in the Baltic Sea region in one of five determined challenges:

  1. Education based on satellite data
  2. Friendly cities
  3. Application supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development goals
  4. New solutions for the processing and analysis of satellite data
  5. Remote Sensing in Earth sciences


1. Education based on satellite data

Technology allows us to better understand the world around us. The use of satellite data allows learning about processes occurring on the Earth in a much more complex and interesting way than the one presented in the textbooks. Satellite data support gaining practical knowledge in the field of biology, geography, city planning and even social phenomena (eg. migrations). The possibility of conducting observations and drawing conclusions on this basis is an important aspect of the use of this type of data.

The challenge goal is to create a new solution/ product which could support the education of children and/or adults in the field of natural sciences/ city planning. The solution also would allow the user to become familiar with satellite technology and widely understood space sector that grows rapidly as a branch of economy. 


2. Friendly cities

We witness the rapid development of cities which are the true flywheels of the domestic economy. What also changes is the way of life and expectations of their inhabitants (for example connected with an effective fight against smog). Taking into account different, not only economic, aspects of city life is currently a very important issue. Ensuring adequate living comfort for residents and minimizing the impact on the environment should be treated equally as economic development.

The challenge goal is to create a solution based on satellite data which would respond to current problems connected with urbanisation and urban space management. The solution should take into account the needs of residents and/or the environment.


3. Application supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development goals

Propose the solution which fits under the: combat hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. The proposal should aim at providing solution in the regional or global scale, but if well justified, it can only relate to local scale. 

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. You should focus on the solution supporting the water management in a selected sector of the economy, such as water demanding industry, agriculture, energy production etc.  


4. New solutions for the processing and analysis of satellite data

Projects implemented as part of this challenge will include new solutions in the field of satellite data processing, i.e .:
a)    Methods for integrating satellite imagery with other spatial data formats as well as statistical information.
b)    Solutions for the integration of satellite data from various missions or sensors, to ultimately create a dense data series, ready for advanced, multi-temporal analyzes.
c)    Implementation of machine learning methods in the analysis of satellite images.
d)    Developing applications enabling advanced supervised and unsupervised classification methods of remote sensing images.
e)    Web platform solutions, based on spatial ETL solutions, spatial databases and GIS.

5. Remote Sensing in Earth sciences

This challenge includes solutions based on satellite data that are applicable in current problems in the field of widely understood Earth sciences.
a)    Avalanche safety. Solutions for testing snow cover thickness and snow quality, associated with avalanche risk models.
b)    Minerals and fields prospection using satellite imagery.
c)    Determining the risk of landslides based on a combination of optical and radar data, geological maps and historical data.
d)    Monitoring of inland and seas water quality.
e)    Solutions including soil composition and quality analysis for agriculture.



The result of this event will be the improvement of knowledge and access to data provided by the Copernicus program, as well as increasing awareness, demand and innovation in the area of satellite data.

In the first part, participants will become acquainted with the available technology, a way to obtain satellite data.

Then the participants present their solutions, which they develop during active workshops, to present them to the jury on the last day.



We are looking for people who have the idea to improve and implement services in the satellite data sector.



First award:
Certificate and automatic qualification of the team for the acceleration program (Coordination - Krakow Technology Park) and 1500 PLN gift voucher.


Second Award:
Certificate and invitation to the acceleration program and bonus in the form starting points in the evaluation of the application in this program and 1000 PLN gift voucher.


Third Award:

Certificate and invitation to the acceleration program and a bonus in the form starting points in the evaluation of the application in this program and 500 PLN gift voucher.


Each participant of the Hackathon will receive a participation certificate and BalticSatApps gadgets.




with about 18 000 students each year and 7 big faculties, is the second largest technical university in Cracow.

It was established in 1945 and, as a public institution of higher education granted full autonomy in 1954.
The main campus of CUT is located near the city centre, in the historic buildings in Warszawska Street, that used to be Austrian archduke army barracks. On 30 September 1976, by an official decree, general Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish and American national hero and skilled engineer, was chosen as its patron.


It is a new building which is repurposed from an old military building former barracks. It is basic didactic and research complex which caters for 800 people and has a usable area of 2150m2. In the newly opened building, there are four modernly equipped rooms, two classrooms and the most important part, the auditorium which can hold 320 people. Such a large room, in which large scientific conferences can be organized, this has never been previously in the CUT complex on Warszawska street before.
By means of a sliding wall, it can be divided into two parts, where two lectures can take place simultaneously. The facility has been equipped with modern image projection systems, sound systems, integrated control and visual information. It enables teachers to conduct classes with students using multimedia and e-learning techniques.



The Institute of Computer Science is one of the five institutes of the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science of the Cracow University of Technology.

The Institute is located in the low part of the building of the Faculty of Engineering and Chemical Technology.
The building was built in the early 70's of the twentieth century. With the development of the center, its technical base was modernized. Currently rooms are reconstructed and adapted to the required technical conditions.





We invite to the hackathon all those who want to develop in the space technology area.





place: Działownia 1/15
8:00 – 9:00 Welcome and registration for participants

9:00 - 9:20 About hackathon: Piotr Szuster
9:20 - 9:40 Copernicus Data: Piotr Szuster

9:40 - 10:10 The possibilities of using Copernicus data: Martyna Gatkowska

10:10 - 10:40 Accessing Copernicus Data and Processing Tools: Ali Nadir

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30 Methods of remote sensing in the estimation of damage caused by Bow Echo August 11, 2017: Artur Surowiecki

11:30 - 12:00 How to make presentations that stick: Sonia Bazan
12:00 - 12:30 Methods of pre-processing and integration of spatial data in SkyPredict 3: Piotr Szuster
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch 

place: Institute of Information Technology

12:30 – 16:30 Workshop Lupa & Bazan

16:30 - 17:00 Supper
17:00 – 21:30 Work in teams



place: Institute of Information Technology
9:00 – 11:00 Work in teams

Działownia 1/15:
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 14:00 Presenting project
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 15:30 Project evaluation 
15:30 – 16:00 Announce a contest winner, awards ceremony, ending the event

Please note that the schedule is subject to change.



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