Catapult to host new #Inventorthon challenge

The Satellite Applications Catapult will be running its latest Inventorthon – a high energy “hackathon”-style event – in Harwell on 28-29 June 2014, as part of the Catapult’s continued drive to encourage the generation of new ideas, solutions and technologies, utilising space data and technologies

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“This latest Inventorthon is part of our ongoing series of hackathons which provide an innovation platform for people to collaborate to solve challenges using space technologies"

(PRWEB UK) 5 June 2014

The Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent innovation and technology company, will be running its latest Inventorthon – a high energy “hackathon”-style event – in Harwell on 28-29 June 2014 as part of the Catapult’s continued drive to encourage the generation of new ideas, solutions and technologies, utilising space data and technologies.

The two-day technology development event will provide participants with access to the latest space data and intellectual property to then build technical solutions to a challenge, or join forces with others to develop a winning idea.

Inventorthon is open to anyone who would like to participate – including software developers, engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, and students – and who has a passion to help make a difference to our world.
The challenges include:

  •     Asset Tracking of Individual Shipments
  •     Ground Truthing of Earth Observation Data
  •     Monitoring environmental changes in the Yangtze River basin
  •     Visualisation of Satellite Capabilities Challenge
  •     Illicit Production and Transportation of Cocaine in Latin America
  •     How to transform your smartphone into a space equipment
  •     Applications of Authenticated GNSS
  •     Crowd sourcing of GNSS data

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “This latest Inventorthon is part of our ongoing series of hackathons which provide an innovation platform for people to collaborate to solve challenges using space technologies. Previous events have generated some fantastic ideas which exploit the benefits of satellite applications in other markets sectors. One of our great successes is the Weathersafe Coffee application which was developed to provide early warning climate information for Rwandan farmers. This is trialling now and planned to roll out later this year.”

Stuart continued, “This next Inventorthon has some really interesting challenges on offer and along with the broad mix of participants, we are confident it will generate some exciting ideas which the Catapult can help develop into solid business solutions in the near future.”

If you are interested in taking part, then simply register by visiting our dedicated inventorthon website at http://www.inventorthon.com.

For further information, please contact Karen Rogers
Karen(dot)rogers(at)sa(dot)catapult(dot)org(dot)uk | +44 (0) 1235 567999

About the Satellite Applications Catapult
Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd is one of a network of UK technology and innovation companies established by the Technology Strategy Board, which aim to drive economic growth through the commercialisation of research. The vision of the Satellite Applications Catapult is to support UK industry through the acceleration of the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market predicted by 2030. It aims to achieve this by exploiting the innovation-potential in the UK industrial and academic communities, by being a focal point where small and medium enterprises, large industry and end users can work together with researchers to challenge barriers, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to commercial reality.

About the Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information, please visit http://www.innovateuk.org.


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