Oriental #EOvation Gdansk

Up to 50 participants | Integrated Satellite Climate Data Sources | 24 Hours of Solving Key Climate Issues | 5 climate change related challenges to solve | 26-27th May 2017

The Oriental EOvation event is organized by Blue Dot Solutions.

May, 26th May, 27th
12:00 - 13:00 Participant registration 9:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
13:00 - 14:00 Welcome message and expert / mentor introduction 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Networking and lunch - 15:00 …Hackathon ends
15:00 - Hackathon starts… 15:00 - 16:30 Presentations and questions
18:00 - 19:00 Pizza & beer 16:30 - 17:00 Jury discussion
19:00 - 19:30 Lecture by Michał Moroz “Climate Change and the Problems of Developing Countries” 17:00 - 17:30 Best idea announcement and Event Closing
17:30 - 18:30 Networking

Are you concerned about Saving your Planet and finding Solutions to Global Climate Change Problems?

Are you looking for a 24h long Adventure? You are eager to spend quality time with high level professionals from Space Business and Science. Then Oriental EOvation in Gdańsk is what you are looking for. Come and join other passionate and wonderful people for a hackathon weekend in May, which will focus on solving ongoing climate challenges in the Middle East. Follow on our updates on Facebook. We are looking forward to see you in Gdańsk!

Challenge 1: Detection of new farming areas in Jordan
In 2017 the population of Jordan was over 8 million people. This number increased at large with the influx of Syrian (1.4 million) and Iraqi (0.75-1 million) refugees. Some of them are trying to grow crops in new farming areas in the north of the country. Try to devise a method how to assess the number and growth of new farming areas along the Jordanian border utilising visual imagery (Sentinel 2, Landsat 8).
Try to use this data to create an information solution concept for the United Nations

Challenge 2: Detection of drought areas in Syria
One of the reasons for the emergence of the so-called “Islamic State” was the largest drought in the region. The area around Al-Raqqa (capital city under the role of ISIS) was one of the most hit areas. Try to detect the change in crops growth in the area of the cities of Al-Raqqa, Mayadin and Deir al-Zour over the recent years. Compare this data with average temperature growth over the years.
Try to devise a visualisation concept for NGOs to select the areas where agriculture rebuilding after the civil war can be implemented most efficiently.
Use the following satellite data: Sentinel 2, Landsat 8

Challenge 3: Detection of Dead Sea drying out
Each year the Dead Sea is lowering its water surface by close to 1 meter. It is estimated that the water level decreased by 40 meters since the 1950s. Look at historical and current satellite imagery and provide a solution to measure the exact impact. Correlate this data with average temperatures Try to provide an information service concept for the local tourism industry in Israel and Jordan.
Use the following satellite data: Sentinel 2, Landsat 8

Challenge 4: Detection of signs of rising population
The population number in the Middle East and North Africa rose from 100 mln in the 1950s to 430 mln in 2007. One of the problems for a large population growth are new areas to be found within the cities. Look at historical and current information on such cities as Amman, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and create a solution concept to show areas of most recent city area increase. Think of a way how this information can provide a commercial service
Another option is to look at the growth of the cities of India and Pakistan: New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Karachi, Faisalabad.
Use the following satellite datasets: Sentinel 2, Landsat 8,

Challenge 5: Sea level rise in the Middle East and Southern Asia
Due to climate change the world experiences rapid sea level rise. Of the most hit areas in the MENA world will be the Delta of the Nile. Another region to suffer will be the south of Bangladesh. Use topographical maps to see which areas of north Egypt or southern Bangladesh will be most hit with an 50 cm, 1 metre and 2 metre sea level rise. Identify critical areas and devise how to use this information to provide counter-measures.
Use the following satellite data: Sentinel 2, Landsat 8, SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission)

Challenge 6: Your idea
Maybe you have an additional idea for an open challenge related to Climate Change?
Just remember to focus on the following countries for which we will provide the satellite data: Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Bangladesh

  • Two month access to Creotech Instruments EO Cloud service
  • Raspberry Pi Zero W and Raspberry Pi Zero with extra sensors
  • Business Consulting hours from Black Pearls VC and the Blue Dot Solutions orientalist team
  • Two months of working at the O4 Co-working Open Space
  • Financial vouchers with a value of 1000 PLN

Media Partner
Technological Partner
Team Coaches – to support you along the way
  • Michał Moroz

  • Szymon Krawczuk

  • Iga Zacher

Technical Experts – to help you advance your solution
  • Adam Piech

  • Maciej Kwapiński

  • Mateusz Olszewski

Business Experts – to help you bring your solution to the market
  • Krzysztof Kanawka

  • Maciej Mickiewicz

  • Aleksander Dobrzyniecki

Climate Science Expert - to comment on all your issues related to climate change
  • Aleksandra Kardaś

  • Krzysztof Kanawka

  • Aleksandra Kardaś

  • Tomasz Woźniak