TechFest Cluj

The hackathon is about trying new things, about experimentation and testing.
With an endless supply of caffeine, snacks, fruits and pizza, you have everything you need to build a product in 30+ hours.
  • Saturday, November 4th
  • 10:00 – 10:30

    Coffee and registration

  • 10:30 – 11:00

    • Welcome and introduction
    • Event schedule
    • Challenges briefing
    • Team forming
  • 13:00 – 14:00


  • 14:00 – 00:00

    • Start Hacking (until Sunday 5th,)
    • Teams can take lunch breaks at a time of their own choosing. Snacks break (provided)
  • 16:00 – 16:45

    How to Pitch Workshop

  • No sleep required. Sleep is overrated anyway.

    Coffee and snacks (provided)

  • Sunday, November 5th
  • 09:00 - 15:00

    • Finalize hacking
    • Pitches fine-tuning
  • The final projects (in the format of one of the following presentation, demo, video file, link to GitHub etc.) will be sent by email ( by no later than 16:30.

  • 18:00 – 19:00

    Finalists Pitching

  • 16:00 - 16:45

    How to Pitch Workshop

  • 19:00 – 20:00

    • Deliberation and awards
    • Networking and closing.

Obs. The teams should focus on the effectiveness of the solution but you will be awarded points for complexity, completeness, creativity, originality.

The winners of each challenge will automatically qualify for the MegaHack pitching competition. The winners will prepare a brief presentation (3 min. + 2 min. Q&As) and introduce their solution to the audience and the panel of judges.

For 24+ hours, we invite you to meet, engage and connect over real life challenges currently being addressed by businesses and institutions in various categories.

Expected Outcome:
Developing a project related to climate change using earth observation data, preferably in one of the following domains:
  1. 1. Identify green urban areas in Romania
  2. 2. Find changing landscape in Romania
  3. 3. Provide an artistic interpretation of climate change specific data (maps, presentations), that make scientific data more appealing or more impacting for the masses
  4. 4. Find ways to improve Open Street map using Earth Observation data
  5. 5. Create an artistic map of Romania focused on climate change
  6. 6. Create a synergy between Earth Observation Data and IoT devices (Raspberry Pi, Arduino)
  7. 7. Find a creative way to bring value using Earth Observation
The European Space Agency provides huge amounts of data satellite data for free; Commercial data prices are also decreasing and sample imagery is available for testing solutions.  Sentinels (1, 2, 3) of ESA’s Copernicus programme provide SAR, Imagery and multispectral data that can be used for applications in precision agriculture, forestry, urban planning.  Although free data is not yet frequent enough for consumer applications (data recurrency >6 days), urban planners, environmentalists, agronomists can use the data for improving their activity.  Artists can design creative ways of using the data for representing different aspects of everyday life.  Tourism agencies can use the data to make appealing maps.  A common approach of geographers, biologists, artists and environmentalists, supported by ITC experts can help mitigate climate change, both via dissemination campaigns and awareness creating maps.
Teams need to consider that ESA data is available both from and directly from the ESA scihub.  Also, data availability is subject to ESA’s storage capabilities, weather conditions (especially for Sentinel2) and relevance of the area on a global scale.  Satellite orbits are not perfectly identical, so processing of data using tools like ESA’s SNAP, QGIS, or other tools may also help out.  Programmatically working with Sentinel data (satellite data in general) requires some previous know-how like GDAL libraries or programming languages like JavaScript (OpenLayers/leaflet), Python or C/C++.
Equipment and tools:
Any Windows/Linux PC is ok; SNAP or QGIS for local processing can be useful;  can also be installed on site.
OpenLayers is recommended for displaying data;  GDAL is required for processing;  GDAL Libraries are available for Java, Python and C/C++.
SNAP is available on the ESA Website
QGIS is available on their website.

  • EOVation-ClimateChangeMitigation  and Tech Industry Association ARIES Transilvania dares you to create an app, using European satellite data, in order to map how the climate change is affecting certain regions in Romania.
  • Accept the challenge and you can win 500 €.
  • EO Clim Lab Romania Team will offer you mentoring as follow-up for the hackathon in order to bring your project to life.

Team Coaches – to support you along the way
  • Adi Pica – ARIES Transilvania

  • Oana Rujan – ARIES Transilvania

Technical Experts – to help you advance your solution
  • Andreea Topala – Indeco Soft

  • Sorin Pop – Indeco Soft

Business Experts – to help you bring your solution to the market
  • Bianca Muntean – ARIES Transilvania

  • Cristian Dascalu – Startup Transilvania

  • Oana Rujan – ARIES Transilvania

  • Adi Pica – ARIES Transilvania

  • Sorin Pop – Indeco Soft

  • Diana Ciorba- expert marketing and communication