Satellite Applications Catapult Hosts #AppsInSpace Hackathon

5th June 2013

The ‘#AppsInSpace' Hackathon event is taking place over the weekend of 8-9 June 2013, hosted at the Electron Building, on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. The event is open to anyone who would like to participate – including software developers, engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students and entrepreneurs – and who has a passion to help make a difference to our world.

The Satellite Applications Catapult is one of a network of UK technology and innovation centres of excellence, established by the Technology Strategy Board to support UK industry and become a world-class centre for the development and commercial exploitation of space and satellite-based products, services and applications. The Catapult initiative is strongly supported by UK Government and was set up to help businesses take innovative ideas through to commercialisation.

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said, "The two-day ‘technology development' event is part of a series of activities to help generate innovative ideas and solutions in response to challenges set by the Catapult and its partners. Hackathons offer an innovation platform to enable people to collaborate to solve challenges using space technologies and exploit the benefits of both space and other markets sectors, such as transport, healthcare, natural resources, etc."

Stuart continued, "We have been extremely encouraged by the interest and support from both the space and research communities. We are delighted that NERC, the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre, Inmarsat, UK Space Agency and Technology Strategy Board have all sponsored the event, and some have also provided additional challenges. More importantly, we are very excited about the potential solutions that evolve from these events – a great example is the Weathersafe Coffee* application which was previously developed to provide early warning climate information for farmers in Rwanda. We are all excited about the potential business opportunities and solutions that will be generated this weekend and then working with some of the delegates in the near future."

*About WeatherSafe Coffee
WeatherSafe is a remote information and management tool for agri-food supply chain stakeholders, which provides early warnings and suggestions based on climate, weather, Earth Observation (EO) and plant pathology (pest) data, aimed at improving agriculture management practices and environmental risk response time. This helps agriculture decision-making and investment planning, improves crops and final products quality, yield and profit throughout the entire value chain, from the farmer to the end-user.