BU to participate in global Ocean Hackathon

Teams from Bournemouth University are to compete in a global Ocean Hackathon to provide solutions for issues affecting our seas.

The Hackathon, in its eighth year, gives teams from 16 global locations the opportunity to ‘hack’ solutions to local issues affecting the oceans.

Working alongside local business partners, students; academics; and local organisations create teams to compete on the best solutions, drawing on local data and issues. The winning teams from each location will come together in Brest for the Grand Finale.

Alongside Bournemouth, teams from locations like Kuala Lumpur, Cherbourg, Rimouski and Mexico City will join together over the same 48-hour period to provide data-based solutions to environmental issues.

Professor Rick Stafford, a marine biologist based at Bournemouth University, is a part of the organising team. He said, “These hackathons are a chance to bring together a multidisciplinary team of experts, organisations and students to solve real-world issues that are affecting our oceans. We have the opportunity to work on issues that affect our own location and provide innovative solutions to the problems we are seeing – we’re looking forward to getting to work.”

The Hackathon takes place between 17-19 November, with a Call for Challenges currently open for local businesses and organisations to propose challenges that could be worked on during the Hackathon.

The call for challenges closes on 30 June, with an opportunity to hear more about the Hackathon, and how to get involved, taking place on Thursday 25 May at 5.30pm in BU’s Bournemouth Gateway Building.

To get involved, and hear more about the work, book a place via Eventbrite. For more information visit www.ocean-hackathon.fr.

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