Maping seahorses will be one of the challenges of the Ocean-Hackathon 2020

The Cartagena Oceanographic Research Institute (CORI) takes a step further on the fifth edition of the Ocean Hackathon 2020, which or the first time will be hosted at the city of Cartagena on the next 9th to the 11th October. This event will be celebrated at the 'Student's house' from the Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT). So, during three days technology will be the main tool to develop ideas so as to improve life in our oceans.

There are eleven main challenges which have been presented on this call, and nine of them have been selected, aiming to find a solution to the defiances. These are diverse, such as trying to geotrack the amount of seahorse species, improving the safety of divers or studying the impact from anchoring over the Posidonia oceanica. These challenges are mostly developed on the spatial framework of our Region, thanks to the enormous and rich ecological heritage from our coasts.

Among the different entities who have participated on the proposal of challenges to improve our oceans, we can highlight institutions such as the Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT), the University of Murcia (UMU), the Hippocampus association, the company Diveapp or colectives such as scuba divers from Cabo de Palos, who will join to the 200 proposals which have been presented on different cities all around the world that will simultaneously host the Ocean Hackaton 2020. The nine challenges selected in Cartagena are:

  • Geotracking seahorses from GPS data and video transects.
  • Developing an app to share data on water temperature registered by scuba divers.
  • Developing an app to raise awareness among young people about the importance of protecting the ocean.
  • Tracking potential harmful algal blooms (HABs).
  • Assesing anchor impact over Posidonia oceanica meadows from satellite imagery.
  • Developing a map to explore and protect the planet water.
  • Developing an app to regain oceanographic buoys, such as ARGO.
  • Developing an app to gain knowledge about currents on diving areas and their danger.

On September it starts the registration period to take part in one of the scientifi teams which will be created to find a solution for these challenges. This will be the starting point for programmers, oceanographers, biologists, designers and others with related training to work together for some days to forge new paths on ocean protection.

This unique appointment will allow Cartagena to show the rest of the world our rich oceanic heritage, in addition to the research and scientific potential of this area. The Ocean Hackathon 2020 will be a strategic event in which Cartagena will become for 48 hours one of the referent international locations on scientific advances for sustainable development and ocean protection thanks to the sponsorship of entities such as the Technical University of Cartagena, Europe Direct Región de Murcia, Innova Oceanografía Litoral, Navantia and SABIC, and other collaborators such as the Cartagena Porth Authority, CEEIC, SAES, Primafrio, COEC and Talent STEM.