Ocean Hackathon 2020 in Mexico has Blockchain as protagonist to solve marine challenges

The fifth edition of the Ocean Hackathon 2020 will include Blockchain technology as a tool to solve marine challenges. It will be held from 9 to 11 October.

The fifth edition of the Ocean Hackathon will take place from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2020, simultaneously in several cities. In this edition in Mexico, the Bitcoin Bank technology is the protagonist, with the purpose of solving marine challenges.

The Ocean Hackathon is an event in which several teams access digital databases related to the sea for 48 hours without interruption, in order to solve a challenge through the development of a pilot demonstrator or a proof of concept.

The Ocean Hackathon challenges are based on the use of digital data provided by suppliers: nautical maps, satellite images, photos, seabed data, legal aspects, maritime safety, location of wrecks, buoys, tides, meteorology, biology, ecology, etc.

It aims to make available a variety of sea-related digital data for a 2-day continuous challenge in order to produce results corresponding to the challenges selected in the framework of the call for challenges.

Objectives of the Ocean Hackathon challenges

One of the objectives of the Ocean Hackathon’s challenges is to make cultural heritage more accessible, while generating and sharing knowledge, and also to improve the management of marine resources, to facilitate access to the sea, to imagine new modes of governance of the sea.

For this event, people will be able to join in by presenting a challenge that will take place during the event in the city of your choice from 9 to 11 October 2020.

At the end of the weekend, a team will be chosen to participate in the international launch competition at the end of 2020 in Brest and can win one of the prizes offered by their ambassadors.

What is a challenge?

An Ocean Hackathon challenge corresponds to a simple idea, a problem faced by anyone who enjoys or lives from the sea that push required for a project to develop.

The owners of the challenge look for team members in: The digital area: In programming, machine learning, big data, data processing, augmented reality, 3D, GIS.

Also, in the field of Sea, maritime, science: Like fishing, oceanography, specialist in coasts, geography, meteorology, satellite images, port professions, sea routes, blockchain, naval architecture, urbanism.

They also include spaces for the Web and graphics, Mediation, FabLab, business models among others.

Who can participate?

Participation in Ocean Hackathon is open to everyone, both entrepreneurs, students, researchers, associations, companies, users, or job seekers, etc.

The participants are then natural or legal persons, with a minimum age of 18 years, civilly responsible, and previously registered and pre-selected through the website. In this sense, the participant must, at the time of registration, specify whether he is participating in a personal capacity or on behalf of a legal entity (company, association, group, etc.).


At the end of the event the projects of the different teams will be presented to a local jury in each host city and later in front of a jury composed of Ocean Hackathon Ambassadors, during the final scheduled for the end of 2020 in the city of Brest (date to be confirmed).

The evaluation will also be based on the development of a demonstrator or proof of concept, the use of digital data, the elaboration of a reflection on the use of the proposed solution (and even an outline of a business model for projects with an economic vocation) and the innovative nature of the project.

Each team will have a few minutes to present its contribution in a session open to the public and to the local jury on Sunday 11 October in the afternoon; as well as to the jury of the final for the winning teams. The prizes will be awarded to the participants who make up the teams at the end of the local and national competitions. The local jury will also take the time to have an exchange with the teams and therefore make qualitative comments on each project. They will also be able to suggest possible development plans.