Copernicus Barcelona Hackathon - IHE Delft teams awarded 2nd and 3rd place

(From IHE Delft website)

The Copernicus Hackathon Programme, financed by the European Commission, brings together developers, experts, and entrepreneurs. A hackathon (hacking marathon) is a design and development event in which participants with various fields of expertise and skills work in groups collaborating intensively on software projects towards tackling a specific challenge within a short timeframe.

The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software by the end of the event, being the desired result of an operational prototype / demonstrator of the developments performed. Tools and datasets for tackling the challenges during the event are provided by various contributing organisations.

During the weekend of 16 -18 October 2020, the Copernicus Barcelona Hackathon was held, the first Hackathon to be held remotely.

At this Hackathon, IHE Delft’s teams won 2nd and 3rd place. First place was awarded to TBDs team, with their work on the influence of air quality on COVID19. They developed a decision support tool to help governments plan on how to respond to the impact of extreme weather events on the severity of COVID19 symptoms within affected populations.

The 3rd place prize was awarded to the team Floodies. The members Amin Shakya, Daniel Eduardo Villarreal Jaime, Siva Rama Krishna Reddy Chidepudi were current IHE Delft FRM students, and Javed Ali, the fourth team member was an IHE Delft FRM alumnus.

Their project focused on developing an integrated framework with innovative solutions to deal with the compound impact of natural hazards and COVID19 with the ability to increase disaster preparedness using early warning systems and humanitarian aid assessment.

The Floodies explained that they really enjoyed their experience at the hackathon. They highlight that this contest was a great learning opportunity for them, as they had mentorship from top practitioners and business personnel in the field of Copernicus data application.

They thought the best part about the Hackathon was getting to collaborate with a fellow Erasmus Masters in Flood Risk Management alumni, to interact with other participants from IHE, as well as to get the opportunity to solve real-world problems using satellite data along with other participants from diverse backgrounds.

Read the full news article published on the IHE Delft website 👇

Copernicus Barcelona Hackathon - IHE Delft teams awarded 2nd and 3rd place

Javed Ali
Doctoral Researcher

My research involves multi-hazards risk assessment and analyzing compound climate and weather extreme events to better understand their interrelationships at different spatial and temporal scales as well as assessing their corresponding socio-economic impacts using machine learning and statistical methods.

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