SINReM students win Copernicus Hackathon

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Two of our SINReM students won the Sustainable Development Goals Copernicus Hackathon. SINReM is the international MSc programme, driven by CAPTURE researchers. As part of the four-headed ExaMine team, SINReM students Mridul Pareek (India) and Antonio Mires Valdez (Peru) received the winning check for the solution their team put forward for the challenge ‘Raw materials in a circular economy’. 4 other SINReM students also participated: Daniel Sandoval, Debabrata Ghosh, Liz Mariana Lobo and Anastasia Yuandy.

In the framework of the G-stic 2019 event (VITO’s annual international conference), the hackaton was organized by Copernicus - the EU’s Earth Observation programme. The aim was for participants to develop new software solutions based on Copernicus Earth Observation (EO) data for one of three societal challenges: ‘Healthy lives for all’, ‘Nutritious food for all’ and ‘Raw materials in a circular economy’.

In this last category, ‘Raw materials in a circular economy, “we created a software that uses satellite open data from Copernicus to track acid mine drainage (AMD) and give a detailed risk map to be used as a decision support system for environmental monitoring companies” , Antonio Valdez of the winning team explains. “Our software can be used to track AMD and give a detailed risk map to be used as a decision support system. Further on, this application can be used by environmental consultancy companies in order to optimize their monitoring strategy. Being the winners of the hackathon, we have been given an opportunity to take our idea forward with the Copernicus Accelerator to develop our prototype into true business model. At the same time, we have applied to PARSEC accelerator program supported by the European Union to further develop our vision.”