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BELLA Hackathon: Copernicus Innovation Development

Empowering the use of Copernicus data in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe

The BELLA Hackathon: Copernicus Innovation Development will be the first bicontinental innovation activity that seeks to enhance and make visible the work of research and development groups from universities, organizations and companies in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe and to provide innovative and creative solutions to the challenges posed in the two winning concept notes of the Ideathon:

Satellite Data Interpreter - SADAI (SAD - Decision Support System + AI - Artificial Intelligence)

The proposal is to develop a technology accessible to citizens that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to interpret and process complex data and translate them into an understandable natural language. To achieve this deep learning algorithms and natural language processing (NLP), different techniques will be used.


Platform for visualizing and interpreting climate data to support family farming in Latin American countries

Development of a platform for monitoring and predicting agroclimate in Latin American countries, for use by small and medium farmers to support the planning and management of food systems that are resilient to climate change in the context of strengthening family agriculture.



The registered groups will select one of the challenges proposed for this hackathon and will work on the innovative development of this challenge, the final result per group will be a final product that will evidence the development of the challenge and the possible implementation.

The evaluation of the final products will be in charge of expert judges in the topics worked on who will select the best 3 developments at the end of the challenge.

The hackathon will take place during 1 month from July 4th to July 31st, it will be virtual and will have synchronous and asynchronous sessions that will allow us to develop an agenda with training and mentoring spaces for the participants and spaces for the construction of the final products, as well as a simultaneous activity at the time of the opening and closing.  The languages for the hackathon will be English and Spanish. 

Registration will be open from June 1 and will close on June 23 at


The hackathon is aimed at universities, organizations and companies from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe that have research and development groups related to thematic areas of Earth observation: Environmental Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Agricultural and Biometric Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering and Renewable Energies, and that have experience in the development and management of data and images.


  • Accompaniment of experts in the development process of each group
  • Training and skills development
  • Visualization of the work and experience of the group participants
  • Articulation with local and regional actors


  • Promote capacity building in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
  • Enhance the use and capture of Copernicus data for the solution of needs resulting from climate change.
  • Make the capabilities of researchers and scientists in the regions visible.
  • Strengthen innovation.
  • Articulate efforts between Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Enhancing Copernicus use inLatAmthe Caribbean Europe

Agenda (GMT)

  •  Registration Period

13:00 to 15:00 GMT: Preliminary session
  • Hackathon methodology and guidelines
  • Platform training

13:00 to 15:00 GMT: Launch Session - In person

(BSC, CIEMAT, Life Watch, Ministry of Science (Inmaculada, Sabina, AECID, Tecnalia)

Welcome words
  • Luis Eliecer Cadenas
  • IRIS Network
  • European Comission
  • Copernicus
Conference challenges concept notes
13:00 to 14:00 GMT: Copernicus Conference
14:00 GMT: Asynchronous work
  • Asynchronous work


  • Asynchronous work


  • 14:00 to 16:00 GMT -Conference
  • 16:00 GMT - Asynchronous Work
  •  Asynchronic Work
  • 14:00 to 16:00 GMT: Mentoring
  • 16:00 GMT: Asynchronous work


  • 14:00 to 16:00 GMT -Conference
  • 16:00 GMT - Asynchronous Work
  • 14:00 to 16:00 GMT: Mentoring
  • 16:00 GMT: Asynchronous work
  • Asynchronous work


  • 14:00 to 16:00 GMT: Mentoring
  • 16:00 GMT: Asynchronous work




14:00 to 16:00 GMT
  • Juries present the winners
  • Presentation winning groups (webinar)
  • Closing remarks
    • Luis Eliecer Cadenas (RedCLARA)
    • RedIRIS
    • GEANT
    • European Comission
    • Copernicus


During March 21st and 22nd, 2023, RedCLARA with the support of GÉANT, carried out the first Ideathon as a Copernicus innovation challenge between Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.

The result we sought with the Ideathon was to pose a creative and innovative response to the following general problems: 

  • Processing: the large amount of data produced by the Copernicus Program requires specific strategies for processing the data. What kind of processing strategies, computational infrastructure and/or computational paradigm can be used to make that processing more efficient and faster?
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): How and with what techniques can AI reduce processing times and help find patterns that are useful for effective decision making.
  • Data access: What type of data architecture or cloud can contribute to faster and more efficient data access.
  • Distribution: How to efficiently get information to decision makers who need it.



The results we obtained with this successful innovation activity are the following:

  • 82 registered participants
  • 17 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, 2 countries from Europe
  • 8 working groups
  • 8 concept notes produced
  • 4 winning concept notes
  • 3 speakers
  • 7 judges
  • 4 mentors

For further information, please visite BELLA Ideathon: Copernicus innovation challenge


BELLA II receives funding from the European Union through the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), under agreement number 438-964 with DG-INTPA, signed in December 2022. The implementation period of BELLA II is 48 months.


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