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      • Ocean Hackathon® 2022: a look back at the international Grand Finale

      • On February 9th, in the auditorium of the Ateliers des Capucins (Brest), the international Grand Finael of the 7th edition of Ocean Hackathon® was held. 12 multidisciplinary and passionate teams pitched their project combining marine data and ocean preservation. The winners: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (1st), Toulon (France) (2nd) and Cape Town (South Africa) (3rd). The team from Brest came 4th.
      • Ocean Hackathon® 2022: a look back at the international Grand Finale
      • The International Grand Finale is the culmination of Ocean Hackathon® #7, which started in early 2022 according to a well-tested process: 12 cities selected in February 2022, local editions in each of them and simultaneously from December 2 to 4, 2022 and finally the designation of a winning team per city to participate in the finale in February 2023.

        The 2022 International Grand Finale included:

        • 12 winning teams;
        • 8 minutes to seduce, in English, a jury made up of representatives of participating cities and Ocean Hackathon® Ambassadors (Cedre, Cerema, EMODnet, Cluster Maritime Français, Ifremer, Le Village by CA, Météo France, Océanopolis, Secretary of State for the Sea, and Shom);
        • 9 teams present on site and 3 remotely. The discovery of Brest and the exchange of ideas with the other participants were two ingredients of a great and enriching finale for the teams present on site;
        •     3 happy winners (Kuala Lumpur, Toulon and Cape Town) rewarded by the Ambassadors;
        •     A nice 4th place for the team from Brest.

        The Campus mondial de la mer looks forward to seeing you from November 17 to 19, 2023 in Brest and around the world for the local editions of the 8th Ocean Hackathon®.

        The 3 winning teams

        1st place: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

        Predicting jellyfish blooms around Penang Island

        Predicting jellyfish blooms in the coastal area of Penang (Malaysia) is one of the solutions to limit the negative impact of these marine organisms on tourism in Malaysia. The model is based on scientific data but also from participatory science. An associated application allows bathers to have information on jellyfish infested areas and assistance in case of sting.

        2nd place: Toulon (France)

        Sea Tizen The social dive log that helps preserve marine biodiversity

        Seatizens is a mobile logbook that allows divers to record their best experiences and keep them at hand. It features an image recognition algorithm and a search engine that allows to find species encountered underwater with a simple verbal description. Invasive or endangered species, scientists lack data. They are increasingly relying on citizen science programs to fill that gap. "We integrate these geotagged surveys and then provide them with the data, free of charge," the team explains. With over 6 million divers worldwide, Seatizens is the way for divers to enhance their experience while actively contributing to the preservation of marine biodiversity.

        3rd place: Cape Town (South Africa)

        Radar at sea

        A prototype for detecting vessels not sharing their AIS signal. This machine learning tool based on high frequency radar data is applied to the fight against illegal fishing. Protecting South Africa's 1,535,538 km² of marine space from illegal fishing is a challenge for fisheries control authorities and costs the South African economy approximately R6 billion each year.

        The 3 winning teams of Ocean Hackathon® 2022 : Kuala Lumpur, Toulon and Cape Town © Technopôle Brest-Iroise

        The team from Brest came in 4th with the project "Seascape Game: think about your strategy!"

        Consultation game on the problems of erosion and marine submersion.  It allows to sensitize in a playful way the local elected officials, the associations and the inhabitants of the coastal communities to the coastal risks.

        As for the technologies used, the team had a well-stocked toolbox: geographic information systems, NFC chips (to exchange information between two devices), infrared detection, image recognition, microcontrollers and videomapping.
        The team was composed of experts in aquatic and coastal risk management, geomatics, public policy, programming, 3D and virtual reality development, marketing and art.

        A project supported by the non-profit organization S.M.Aug

        The S.M.Aug team, winner of the local edition in Brest and 4th of the international Grand Finale © Technopôle Brest-Iroise

        Ocean Hackathon® 2023

        The call to host a local edition in your city is open until March 31, 2023.

        The local editions will take place simultaneously in all selected cities from November 17 to 19, 2023.


      • Published on 02/24/2023
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