The list below consists of mainly external events, relevant for EU4OceanObs and involving the participation of the EU action coordinators of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative and/or G7 Future of the Seas & Oceans Initiative.

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The #OceanChallenge4Africa hackathon will take place fully online from 8 to 10 April 2022, bringing together participants to find solutions to address challenges in coastal and marine environments in Africa. Teams will be invited to create innovative and impact-driven ocean solutions using marine earth-observation data, to contribute to the sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources in Africa.

The coastal and marine environments in Africa expand over 35,000 kilometers of coastline in 38 countries on the continent and deliver numerous ecosystem services, among which food provisioning, climate regulation, cultural benefits, tourism, shipping, to name just a few. While the ocean holds a vital role in the lives of many African communities and offers many opportunities, it is also threatened by climate change and increasing pressures derived from human activities, affecting the health and resilience of marine environments and biodiversity.

To find solutions, the Copernicus Marine Service and Mercator Ocean International have launched the #OceanChallenge4Africa, a one-of-a-kind 48-hour journey to create transformative and impact-driven ocean science solutions which will participate in achieving a sustainable ocean and improve livelihoods for coastal communities in Africa.

Who can participate?

We invite business visionaries, marketing wizards, project managers, educators, web/app developers, UX/UI designers, entrepreneurs, product/service developers, marine and coastal field experts and students, environmentalists, data scientists, meteorologists, oceanographers, marine biologists, and other interested individuals with the desire to contribute to the development of new and change-making products and services with their knowledge and skills.

Key dates

Rewatch all the pre-events via this link.