NCI will host a GEOHACK event in conjunction with the Ministerial Geo Summit taking place in Canberra that week.


Students and youth will be mentored and guided by representatives from Indigenous communities, Earth observation experts from the fields of Geosciences, Space and Satellite, as well Open Data Cubes to co-create solutions to the challenges identified by the communities.


(G)EOHack19 will take place remotely and on site at Australia’s National Computer Infrastructure (NCI) on 2 and 3 November 2019 during GEO Week 2019.


The project strategy will build on the successful GEOSS HACK 2018 competition. As our first hackathon co-designed with the European Space Agency (ESA), it identified real community needs for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will use a format successfully triailed at the Arctic Citizen Science hack at Iliasagvik college, in Utqiagvik, Alaska in 2014.

The primary goals of this project are to:

  • Promote the use of open EO data among indigenous youth, for example Sentinel data from EC, ESA's 3rd Party Missions, ESA's Earth Explorers (e.g. Cryosat, Swarm, Aeolus, Smos);
  • Enhance local capacity among indigenous communities to support local efforts towards building resilience;
  • Explore innovative uses of combined data products (both from space and in situ sources), notably looking at Open Data Cubes;
  • Provide the GEO community with novel and innovative approaches to utilizing EO data to solve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a local scale;
  • Build a community of ‘hackers’ that the GEO community can work with for future challenges;
  • Build a community of new data providers among indigenous youth, that could feed in situ data to the GEO Knowledge Hub;
  • Explore how the new proposed applications and combined data products could also feed into the GEOSS Platform;
  • Understand barriers to the access and use of EO data among the non-scientific community;
  • Understand the current challenges in integrating EO data with local/traditional knowledge;
  • Increase cross-cultural communication among local communities, scientists and data providers; and 
  • Maintain and strengthen indigenous/local culture through the use of EO data.