The University of Leicester will be hosting soon the Copernicus Hackathon on the theme of Food Security and Resilience on 19 and 20th September 2019. The winning team will be awarded a prize package worth £ 20,000 in value. I am hereby inviting you and your colleagues/research team to be part of the journey.
A hackathon is an intensive competition where software programmers, developers, designers, and experts of multiple disciplines come together to build and design a unique solution to one of the proposed challenges. This transdisciplinary activity is part of Copernicus, the European Union's Programme looking at our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all European citizens. The objective is to:
- Develop solutions to address global and local needs applicable to all and based on specific food and water security challenges;
- Raise awareness – locally, nationally, internationally – of the Copernicus programme and of how it supports the development of solutions supporting EU space, environment and security agencies, as well as the food and drink industries;
- Engage with students providing an opportunity on a challenge while increasing employment opportunity through exposure to networks and businesses;
- Engage with individuals, companies, academics and stakeholders;
- Use the Copernicus Hackathon as a vehicle for developing collaborative projects between Academia and Business.
There are different ways to be involved and there are no disciplinary boundaries for this (i.e. you do not need to be an expert coder nor a Copernicus practitioner, as the event is transdisciplinary in nature):
- Be a participant, either as individual or as a team, by registering here;
- Submit a challenge, within the theme of food security, for the participating teams to work on and for you to follow-up with prospect developments;
- Promote this activity to colleagues, research associates and graduate students, either in Leicester or elsewhere (with travel grants available for participants from EU, Iceland and Norway);
- Share this message and the attached flyer through relevant mailing lists.
Please get in touch with me to be further involved. We will be happy to provide the widest acknowledgement of your support.