GAIA4ALL INDIGENOUS HACKATHON
“Gaia4All: Indigenous Hackathon for Global Early Warnings Systems" is an Indigenous-led innovation challenge committed to contribute to the overarching UN goal of providing effective early warning systems for storms, floods, droughts and heatwaves in all parts of the world by 2027. With climate change impacts escalating, timely early warnings have become a pressing need to safeguard lives and livelihoods.
This Indigenous challenge is guided by the principles of the "Indigenous Hackathon," fostering the co-creation of technological solutions that integrate scientific, local, and Indigenous knowledge. Our collective goal is to make early warnings universally accessible and embraced, particularly by Indigenous and underrepresented communities, empowering them to proactively mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events.
Join us in this audacious journey to strengthen global resilience, protecting lives and fostering sustainable futures. Lets create a world where early warning systems leave no community behind in the face of climate uncertainty.
📅 October 28
⏰ 15:30 - 16:00 CEST
Opening Ceremony (Challenges Revealed)
⏰ 16:00 CEST onwards
Hacking and Mentoring 🚀
📅 October 29
⏰ 20:30 CEST
WHAT’S AN INDIGENOUS HACKATHON?
It's a unique hackathon where Indigenous communities propose challenges solvable using Earth observation data and tools. Since 2012, Space4Innovation has been running these 24-48 hour events with global hackers to address Indigenous-led challenges.
WHAT TOOLS CAN I USE?
You're free to use any open-source programming language and solution. Simply share your final code on Github. Code quality won't be judged, so you can focus on creating culturally relevant and innovative applications.
WHAT FORMAT SHOULD THE FINAL SOLUTIONS BE IN?
Participants will be asked to provide a 2-minute YouTube video explaining their application, a brief written description of the solution, and sharing the code via GitHub. Further instructions will be provided during the hack.
HOW WILL THE JUDGING WORK?
Entries will be assessed by Indigenous leaders based on:
Societal Impact: Does it address the challenge effectively?
Originality: Is the idea novel and original?
Feasibility: Can it realistically be put into action?
Usability: Is the application user-friendly?
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Everyone is encouraged to join, from artists and designers to specialists in remote sensing. No prior programming, GIS, or remote sensing background is necessary. All are welcome!
IS THIS EVENT FREE?
Yes! Just remember to click on the "Join the Hacker Space" button below.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES FOR THE HACKATHON WINNERS? 🏆
🚀 Invitation as virtual Keynote Speakers at the "Indigenous-Led Climate Action: Democratizing Space Data for Planetary Wellbeing and Education" event at COP28 that will be held in the Greening Education Hub at COP28.
💙 20 Hours of Mentorship from Space4Innovation: Tailored guidance and mentorship to help develop your innovative projects.
🌍 Invitation as Keynote Speakers in the next GEO Indigenous Alliance Summit: A platform to showcase your project and contribute to important discussions in the field.
💎 Featured in the Geo Indigenous Alliance and Space4Innovation newsletter: An opportunity to share your insights and experiences with a wider audience.
🌱 Interviewed by the Geo Indigenous Alliance leadership and Space4Innovation: An opportunity to share your insights and experiences with an international audience.
OCTOBER 28 & 29
EARLY WARNING FOR ALL INDIGENOUS HACK
HACKATHON KICKOFF WELCOME CEREMONY
15:30-16:00 Europe - CEST
We'll begin with a heartfelt Indigenous opening prayer, honoring the deep connection to land and water. Following this sacred moment, the Indigenous challenges will be revealed. These challenges represent vital issues faced by Indigenous communities, offering opportunities for creative problem-solving.
NETWORKING & TEAM BULDING
16:00-16:30 Europe - CEST
This is where innovation thrives through collaboration. Engage with fellow participants, share ideas, and form teams that will tackle the Indigenous challenges ahead. Together, we'll harness diverse skills and perspectives to create meaningful solutions. Don't miss this opportunity to forge connections that will drive impactful change.
WORKSHOPS AND MENTORING
16:30-19:00 Europe - CEST
11:00-14:00 Europe - CEST
From 3:30 to 7:00 pm CEST, immerse yourself in a series of enriching workshops and mentoring sessions designed to hone your skills and empower your solutions. Dive deep into water remote sensing with Dr. Igor Ogashawara. Learn the art of crafting a compelling pitch from Art Director Alessandra Divizia, and master the skill of impactful storytelling with Allegra Villareal.
Whether you're an aspiring data scientist, an environmental enthusiast, or a creative mind, these workshops are designed to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to excel in the hackathon and beyond. Don't miss out on this chance to elevate your skills and drive innovation.
Workshop 1: Indigenous Hackathon 101: with Dr. Miroslawa Alunowska
Workshop 2: Using NASA data to monitor el Nino with NASA scientist Dr. Jorge Vazquez
Workshop 3: Monitoring Technologies of Water Quality with Dr. Igor Ogashawara.
Workshop 4: Learn the art of storytelling with Creative Writer, Allegra Villareal
Workshop 5: Book a time slot to refine your pitch with Creative Art Director, Alessandra Divizia
⏰ 17:00-18:00 CEST
SOLUTION DEVELOPMENT ENDS
19:00-20:00 Europe - CET
It's time to wrap up the Solution Development phase. Hackers, your dedication and creativity have shone through, and now it's time to put the finishing touches on your solutions. This marks the conclusion of a day filled with innovation and collaboration. Get ready to showcase your remarkable achievements and prepare for the final stage of this exciting hackathon journey.
20:00-20:30 Europe - CET
Each team will have the opportunity to present their projects, highlighting the impact and ingenuity behind their solutions. Get ready to be inspired by the innovative ideas and witness the power of collaboration in action. The stage is set for a memorable conclusion to this incredible hackathon event.