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GOES-R Hackathon - Use geostationary satellite data to address environmental challenges  NOAA-CESSRST Sept 24-26, 2021

    GOES-R Hackathon Inspires Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges

    A GOES-R 3D printing app won top prize at the hackathon.
    A GOES-R 3D printing app won top prize at the hackathon.

    The GOES-R Program conducted its first-ever hackathon from Sept. 24-26, 2021. During this virtual event, teams of college students collaborated to develop interdisciplinary solutions to contemporary environmental issues using GOES-R Series satellite data. The teams had 48 hours to complete one of five challenges and submit a video presentation. A team of NOAA scientists judged the submissions on creativity and out-of-the-box innovative solutions, feasibility, and thoughtful use of GOES-R products and/or synthesis with external data sources. The first-place team developed an app to allow users to use GOES-R satellite data to 3D print images of storms, hurricanes and other natural phenomena.

    Winning submission video

    App tutorial video

    2021 GOES-R Hackathon

Promo video:

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Goes-R Hackathon - HACK THE EARTH

WHO Can Attend?

Undergraduate students of any academic major from NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (CESSRST) institutions are eligible to participate. These include:

  • City College of New York
  • Hampton University
  • San Diego State University
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
  • University of Texas, El Paso

Students with experience or interest in NOAA activities, meteorology or other Earth sciences, satellite remote sensing, computer science, graphic design, communications, or emergency management are encouraged to apply. However, students from all educational backgrounds are welcome to participate in the hackathon.

Teams

We will be accepting a limited number of teams, on a first come, first served basis. Teams should ideally be composed of 3-6 students. Students who register without team members will be matched with other students.

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Why Participate?

  • Expand remote sensing knowledge base and technical skillset.
  • Network with NOAA and NASA professionals and learn about careers in the industry.
  • Apply theoretical material to real-world problems.
  • Gain recognition for great ideas, leadership and teamwork.
  • Build your resume.

Why Participate

  • Expand remote sensing knowledge base and technical skillset

  • Network with NOAA and NASA professionals and learn about careers in the industry

  • Apply theoretical material to real-world problems

  • Gain recognition for great ideas, leadership and teamwork

  • Bolster resume
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Key Info

  • Event Schedule>

    Timeline of events. Dates are subject to change.

  • Training Sessions>

    There will be five training sessions. Each will consist of a 40-minute pre-recorded video followed by live Q&A. Details below.

  • Event Calendar>

    Interactive Google Calendar.

Event schedule

    September 8, 2021: Registration closes


    September 10, 2021: Acceptance emails will be sent out to teams. Date subject to change if all available slots are filled before September 8.


    September 13, 2021: Pre-orientation session


    September 14-16, 2021: Teams will have introductory meetings with their mentors


    September 17 and 20-23, 2021: Live training sessions reviewing remote sensing science, GOES-R data products and applications, and cloud computing


    September 24, 2021: Opening Ceremony


    September 24-26, 2021: Hackathon competition will begin at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday and last until 5 p.m. EDT on Sunday. Teams will work asynchronously, meet with their mentors, and receive feedback from subject-matter experts to develop their ideas into a final project.


    September 27-30, 2021: Judging period


    October 1, 2021: Closing/Award Ceremony



Training Sessions

There will be five training sessions. Each will consist of a 40-minute pre-recorded video followed by live Q&A.

  • Radiation and reflectance
  • Sensor types
  • Orbital types
  • GOES-R Series satellites
  • ABI and GLM instruments
  • ABI geographic coverage and scan modes
  • Level 1b, Level 2, and Level 3 products
  • Calibration and Validation
  • GEO-XO preview
  • GOES-R ground system
  • Data visualization
  • NWS Forecasting
  • Current applications
  • Retrieving GOES-R products from AWS
  • Processing data in Python within a JupyterHub environment
  • Illustrate simple RGB visualizations in Jupyter Notebooks
  • Retrieving GOES-R products from GCP
  • Processing data in using Google Earth Engine (GEE)
  • Using JavaScript to visualize imagery in Code Editor environment



GOES-R Hackathon Calendar

Questions or comments about the GOES-R Hackathon? Contact us at goesr.hackathon@noaa.gov