SpaceApps COVID-19 challenge: call for European experts

Coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists are invited to participate in a virtual hackathon on May 30-31 dedicated to putting open data to work in developing solutions to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) are contributing unique capabilities ranging from Earth observation experts to EO data and web-based sandbox environment.

Challenges for participants will range from studying the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and its spread to the impact the disease is having on the Earth system. The focus will be on the following thematic areas:

  • Learning about the virus and its spread using space-based data
  • Local response/change and solutions
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on the Earth system/Earth system response
  • Economic opportunity, impact, and recovery during and following COVID-19.

While participant registration will open in mid-May, a call for experts from the European EO community is now open up to May 19.

Subject-matter experts – depending on their availability – may volunteer to:

  • Engage with participants in the chat rooms over hackathon weekend (May 30-31)
  • Judge project submissions (June to mid-July, exact dates TBD).

Would you like to sign-up as expert? Fill in this form and send it via email to : we will get back to you soon, stay tuned for a training webinar on 21 May 13:00 CEST.

Find out more details about the SpaceApps COVID-19 challenge in this press release and on the official hackaton pages. Learn more about the specific EuroDataCube capabilities accessible for the challenge.

Stay tuned for more news about next steps, from opening of participant registration, to details about all the challenges.