The Ocean Hackathon, coordinated by the Campus mondial de la mer, is being hosted in Plymouth (and the UK) for the first time in November 2023, supported by The Arts Institute and the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth and Plymouth Sound National Marine Park.
Ocean Hackathon is a global competition that sees teams tackling ocean-themed challenges and developing new ideas and prototypes to solve those issues using marine data. Plymouth has been chosen as one of 16 locations worldwide to host this year’s competition, which takes place from 17-19 November 2023 and will be held at Real Ideas Market Hall.
A global centre of excellence for Marine, Plymouth is one of the largest clusters of expertise in Europe and an ideal test-bed for innovation and entrepreneurship. Home to stunning natural harbours, the largest naval base in Europe, and the UK’s first National Marine Park.
Anyone with an interest solving ocean issues can join a team and we encourage everyone including students, academics, marine experts, businesses, and members of the public to get involved. To make up their team, the challenge leaders are looking for teammates with a variety of skills in IT and coding, data management, web design, marine sciences, art and design, marketing and communications and maritime professionals.
The Plymouth challenges that will be developed during the event include:
CoastSNAP – An image rectification and classification tool
Sea-ing Differently: So Near Yet So Far Away, Connecting Children to the Sea
Plank-tonnes of fun; gamifying plankton data to increase ocean literacy in non-scientific communities
From sargassum seaweed to sustainable ship building
Full details of the challenges and how to register can be found on the Ocean Hackathon website here.