The Competitive Space Start-ups for Innovation initiative (CASSINI) was launched by the European Commission in 2021 as part of a larger effort to foster space entrepreneurship for a digital and sustainable Europe. CASSINI Hackathons and Mentoring is a series of six hackathons organised by the European Union and its space program to address global concerns utilising European space technologies.
The 3rd edition of The CASSINI Hackathons & Mentoring series, themed ‘Re Europe’, will take place from May 12 – 14, across 10 different European locations, hosted by partnered organizations in Austria, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Portugal.
Dr. Urška Starc Peceny and Samo Eržen from Arctur were inspiring with ideas of Tourism 4.0 as speakers within the Big ideas campaign. Use of space data is one of the challenges that also experts within the Tourism 4.0 Partnership are tackling. Here’s the link to the recording of the webinar (Access Passcode: E=i1#?bJ).
Everyone is welcome to participate!
This Hackathon will focus on preserving destinations and the way in which we access them. It challenges participants to create ideas that support sustainable tourism, improve the experience of local communities and cultures, and encourage deliberate exploration of Europe's natural environment.
The participants will be given access to European space data, information, and signals from Copernicus, Galileo, and EGNOS, as well as other useful tools to help them tackle one of the three challenges:
Challenge #1: Finding sustainable destinations
Design products, devices or services that enable to reduce the carbon footprint of tourism travel. If you choose this challenge, you’ll be encouraged to dive into the areas of carbon footprint measurement of travel, understanding travel patterns between cities/countries, alternative destinations and/or modes of transport, online travel agents and other intermediaries and new, disruptive travel concepts.
Challenge #2: Experiencing cities and cultures
Design products, devices or services that offer tourists a unique and sustainable experience of our cities and cultural heritage. If you choose this challenge, you’ll be encouraged to explore topics such as crowd management and slow tourism, personal recommendations and itineraries, social recognition and social media, state-of-the-art, virtual travel experiences and support local businesses and communities
Challenge #3: Exploring nature with care
Design products, devices or services that can help offer tourists a unique and sustainable opportunity to explore our nature. If you choose this challenge, you’ll be encouraged to focus on tourist information about the environmental state, conservation of local nature and biodiversity, generation of (new) routes, points of interest and activities, social recognition and social media and support local businesses and communities.
Full challenge descriptions
The most innovative concepts will be acknowledged both locally and nationally, and the overall winners will be placed into a six-month mentorship program that includes 100 hours of specialised expert mentoring.