Ocean Hackathon® Cape Town
48 hours to decode the oceans

The Global Ocean Hackathon® is a 48-hour non-stop event which gathers young data science, IT development, business administration and marine science talents to develop innovative ocean-impact solutions.
Date: December 2nd-4th
Venue: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Format: Hybrid

Since 2016, the annual Ocean Hackathon®️ gathers cities across the Globe which forms multidisciplinary local teams of young talents to develop innovative solutions in response to local ocean-focused challenges and leveraging on ocean and coastal data.  As the first African city to enter this Global Competition in 2021, we expect 40 participants this year for the Ocean Hackathon®️ Cape Town to tackle 4 local challenges aimed at:

  • Preventing Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing in South African waters
  • Improving the efficiency of salvage at sea
  • Facilitating collaboration between small-scale fishermen and Marine Protected Areas’ managers
  • Speeding up the designing process of sustainable coastal infrastructures

2022 Cape Town Challenges

Machine learning based on high-frequency radar signals to identify vessels engaged in illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing.

An interactive data application framework for lagrangian position estimates, enabling more accurate decision support for rescuers looking for persons or objects lost at sea.

An alert system demarcating and identifying no-fishing zones and subsequently informing small fishermen vessels when they are in the vicinity.

A system to source and collate environmental, geotechnical and infrastructure data to inform optimisation of SharkSafe Barrier installation.

Contribute to shaping the future of the Ocean Data sector in Africa

Join as a Hackathon team member

Are you, or do you know someone passionate about impact, with skills ranging from data science, project management, web development, to marine sciences, infrastructure engineering and UX design…?

Register now for a chance to not only collaborate with other innovation savvy individuals on building impactful solutions for Ocean but also a chance to fly to France and represent Cape Town at the international Grand Finale at the beginning of 2023, not to mention CASH PRIZES! (T&C’s)

Join as a coach

Are you an expert in data management, IT Development, Programming, Marine Sciences, Maritime Law, Pitching..?

You can help the teams with your expertise by providing tutorials, best practice documents, and supporting them with both the development and pitching of their solutions throughout the competition.

Apply to be in this year’s team of Data Coaches by filling in this form (it will take less than 5 minutes!).

2022 African Chapter supported by: