10 November 2020

FACH Virtual Hackathon 2020: geospatial technology to address climate change

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Intended for undergraduate and graduate students, professors, researchers, and computer experts, the FACH Virtual Hackathon 2020 enrolment process will remain open from November 9th to November 27th, as an initiative by Data Observatory with the sponsorship of the Chilean Air Force Aerial Survey Facility (SAF).

The Aerial Survey Facility (SAF) and Data Observatory, in alliance with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, the Chilean Air force (FACH), Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences (FES) at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI), the Australian local office of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and Fundación País Digital, announced an open call for innovation to participate in the FACH Virtual Hackathon 2020, a competition that aims at putting data science to the service of climate change in Chile.

The invitation is directed to the scientific, academic and technical communities, and its main challenge is the proposal of ideas and solutions for determining and mitigating the effects of climate change through the use of geospatial technology and other information technology tools. The FACH Virtual Hackathon 2020 will be held between November 30th and December 7th, 2020.

Capabilities that are generated with the use of geospatial and information technologies make it possible to design and develop tools for comprehending the impact that climate change is having on our environment, and to contribute with research and with innovative solutions to the development of models and information that can facilitate decision making in the realms of public and private sectors, academia, and civil society. The use of open-source data platforms gives us access to infrastructure that is used for simple data management at the service of knowledge and creativity, by establishing an unlimited innovation ecosystem in the field of Data Science.

The Chilean Air Force Aerial Survey Facility currently has access to a set of aerial and satellite-based imagery, the latter having been acquired from the national FASat-Charlie satellite, and which have been provided by the Spatial Operations Group (GOE) at FACH. This virtual event, with a newly extended list of participants, will help to make a greater and improved use of these data.

The matters that are meant to inspire the proposals during the Virtual Hackathon 2020 are: climate change in glaciers located in the central region (case study: Rio Olivares Basin); geospatial information for the determination of risk factors and the effects of forest fires (case study: Peri-urban area of Valparaíso affected by forest fires); and the role of coastal wetlands in the mitigation of climate change effects (case study: El Yali Wetland). In each of these scenarios, questions will be posed to measure the scope of the identified problem and to find possible solutions; participants will have access to geospatial datasets (satellite image from FASat Charlie), as well as specific information technology tools, in order to meet the requirements.

The competition is also made extensive to natural persons, researchers, professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and users that have knowledge related to information technology and tele detection; both individual and group participation are considered. Applications will be open from November 9th to November 27th.

More information at https://hackathon.dataobservatory.net

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