Gagnaþon focuses on finding solutions to environmental issues by using Icelandic open data.

Datathon for the Environment is open to everyone. It will take place through August 12th - 19th. It's purpose is to increase the utilization and visibility of open data in accordance with the Innovation Policy for Iceland.

Participants are invited to process the data of the various organizations to find solutions to the environmental issues that we are facing in this day and age by using Icelandic open data.

The hackathon will both be online and onsite!

See our more detailed participant guide-book.

Timeline:

But why?

Encourage innovation
Increase data visibility
Find solutions for the environment
Strengthen networks

Participants will compete in teams developing a solution that fits all of the requirements in one of three categories.

 

Panel of judges’ criteria:

Is the solution innovative/original?
How about the usability / feasibility of the solution?
Is it a solution that will benefit the environment?
Does it create value for the future?
Will the concept be developed beyond the Datathon?

 

 

View full rules

Prizes

$9,991 in prizes

Best data project

750.000 Isk prize will be awarded to the winner of The best data project

Improved solution

450.000 Isk prize will be awarded to the winner of Improved solution

Best idea

200.000 Isk prize will be awarded to the winner of Best idea

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Who can participate?

Anyone who wants and is interested can participate in Datathon for the environment.

Where can I watch opening and prize award ceremonies?

You can watch the opening ceremony onsite at University of Iceland but they will also be live streamed on Facebook and other media (TBA)

Requirements

WHAT DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE?

Participants need to register by filling out the registration form on hakkathon.island.is to participate. Communications between participants, mentors, jury and organizers will take place on platforms such as Slack, Zoom, DevPost and Facebook.

For the project result each team will need to confirm their team, challenge and dataset before 8PM August 16th and finally fill out a written solution + submit a video presentation on DevPost before 12PM on August 19th.

 

Where can I watch opening and prize award ceremonies?

You can watch the opening ceremony at University of Iceland but they will also be live streamed on Facebook and Vísir.is.

Judges

Guolin Fang

Guolin Fang
Entrepreneur

Vífill Harðarson

Vífill Harðarson
International Representative, Young Environmentalists

Katrín Jónsdóttir

Katrín Jónsdóttir
Project Manager, Innovation Center Iceland

Hlynur Hallgrímsson

Hlynur Hallgrímsson
Senior Data Scientist, City of Reykjavík

Magnús Þór Torfason

Magnús Þór Torfason
School of Social Sciences, University of Iceland

Auður Önnu Magnúsdóttir

Auður Önnu Magnúsdóttir
Icelandic Environment Association

Hafsteinn Einarsson

Hafsteinn Einarsson
Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Iceland

Sigrún Ágústsdóttir

Sigrún Ágústsdóttir
Director General, Environment Agency

Karl Friðriksson

Karl Friðriksson
Managing Director, Iceland Innovation Center

Judging Criteria

  • Best data project - ISK 750.000
    Criteria: Direct connection to the data sets available Code submitted Guidelines: More than one of the data sets available is used in the solution
  • Improved solution - ISK 450.000
    Criteria: Direct connection to the data sets available Code submitted Improvement of/ add-on to an existing solution Guidelines: More than one of the data sets available is used in the solution
  • Best idea - ISK 200.000
    Guidelines: More than one of the data sets available is used in the solution

themes

  • DevOps
  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • Social Good