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EMODnet Open Sea Lab – still open also for EMODnet partner organisations!


We still have about a few places available for interested persons to participate in the first EMODnet Open Sea Lab (www.opensealab.eu): an intense three day marine open data bootcamp / training / competition in November (15-17) in city of Antwerp’s StartUp village. The bootcamp is free to attend but requires application before 23/10/2017! http://www.opensealab.eu/applications. Perhaps some of your colleagues at your institute/organisation or within your network would be interested in participating. Please send on this information indicating they should apply soon if interested!

The bootcamp

While there is a competitive element, the main purpose is to bring people together with various backgrounds (marine science, engineering, software developers, programmers, data experts, creative souls, entrepreneurs, problem solvers, …) and various levels of experience from students to senior level experts from universities, institutes, start-up companies, big industry – to share knowledge and  ideas / to receive training from experts to develop those ideas towards solutions/applications or new information services for end)users. The main aim is collaborate and share to show to power of (marine) open data.   

The challenge for those who participate will be to develop creative innovative solutions for society, science and business using open marine data – focus is on solutions for (i) environmental monitoring/management; (ii) blue growth sectors; and (iii) public services. This is much more than a hackathon, though if participants just want to come and ‘hack’, they are welcome to do that. However for those who want to learn new skills or improve old ones the bootcamp has a lot on offer, including:

 ·         expert technical coaching throughout, with marine data experts and developers on stand-by

·         expert-led workshops in open data, data visualisation, business modelling, user testing and more  http://www.opensealab.eu/workshops

·         awards including data licences from data camp, a great opportunity for a student team to work on their creation at Summer of code, and visibility at European Maritime Day http://www.opensealab.eu/awards

·         inspiring speakers, networking and social activities throughout the 3-day event.

Interested applicants can apply as an individual or as a team of 4-5. Individuals can be matched to work in teams with support from the organisers. The first day will also involve an ideation session, so it’s not necessary to already have an idea in mind – though that is also welcome. We loosely define the challenges areas, but we are open to all ideas.

There is no charge for registration. Coffees, lunches and social activities are provided and all workshops are free to participants.

This really is a unique opportunity to come together with experts, to brainstorm and learn new skills and meet like-minded and not-so-like-minded people in a great setting.

The full programme can be found here http://www.opensealab.eu/Bootcamp and interested parties are invited to apply here http://www.opensealab.eu/applications - preferably before October 23rd.

The following link sums up what’s on offer http://www.opensealab.eu/sites/opensealab.eu/files/public/logos/Why%20join%20the%20OSL.html.

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