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Ocean Hackathon

Bring your own expertise,

share your ideas,

imagine innovative solutions,

design new digital tools,

develop your network,

get access to unexploited data,

learn more together coached by experts

... and enjoy a friendly week-end!


Participate in Ocean hackathon®!

Ocean hackathon® is a 48 hours non-stop event during which some teams imagine innovative use of ocean data. To do that, they will tackle challenges submitted few months before by natural person or legal entity.


4th edition will take place in Brest (France) and simultaneously in other cities in France and Europe.

Save the date: 11-13 October 2019

Winning team designated in each city will pitch their project during the final contest in November in Brest (date to be precise).


This year, the Ocean Hackathon® is being exported and will take place in the following 9 cities:


The first step is launched: the collection of challenges!

Ocean Hackathon® is a unique opportunity to experience an idea around the sea by:

  • Access to a variety of digital data;
  • The presence of high-level coaches who supervise the teams all weekend long on various subjects: data understanding, programming, marine science and technology, business model, pitch art, legal expertise, etc;
  • The extreme motivation of team members from different backgrounds;
  • The friendly, studious but relaxed atmosphere of the Ocean Hackathon® community.


What is a challenge?

A challenge can come from a simple idea or a need of sea users. It may also be a more mature project that needs a boost or special expertise.

A challenge at Ocean Hackathon® is based on the use of the digital data made available.

The nature of this data can be very varied: nautical charts, photos, seabed and seabed, legal aspects and maritime safety, cable location, wrecks, landmarks, buoyage, tides, water levels, oceanographic forecasts, biology, pollution, ecology, physico-chemistry, coastline, marine activities, etc.

The data will be provided by data providers from previous editions of Ocean Hackathon® and other providers identified by the challenge providers or host cities of this 4th edition.
The Breton tip is the initial experimental area but the data providers will allow to extend to other territories according to the needs of the challenge carriers.

The fields of application concerned:

  • Improve access to heritage information,
  • Share and contribute to common knowledge,
  • Improve resource management,
  • Improve access to the sea,
  • Adopt new modes of governance, etc.


Who can submit a challenge?

All natural and legal persons are welcome.

Their objective? To achieve a new product or service and even the creation of a company, to clear an innovative concept, or to share knowledge about the seas and oceans.


How to submit a challenge?


Deadline for submission of challenges: June 16, 2019

The next dates:

  • Selection of challenges: end of June 2019
  • Registration for team members will open at the beginning of September 2019.


The ambassadors

Ocean Hackathon® is supported by 4 renowned national ambassadors:

  • Ifremer,
  • The Shom,
  • The French Maritime Cluster,
  • The French Agency for Biodiversity and
  • Cedre.

Ocean Hackathon® is coordinated by the team of Campus mondial de la mer, an initiative led by Technopôle Brest-Iroise.


Coordinatrice : Juliette Rimetz-Planchon


+33 2 98 05 63 19



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