A global competition that sees teams tackling ocean-themed challenges is coming to Plymouth for the first time this November.

The Ocean Hackathon, coordinated by the Campus mondial de la mer, will be hosted in Britain’s Ocean City from Friday, 17 November until Sunday, 19 November.

The Plymouth event will be the first time the competition has ever been hosted in the UK, the city is one of 16 places worldwide to host the Ocean Hackathon in 2023 thanks to the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, the University of Plymouth as well as support from the Arts Institute and the Marine Institute.

The competition will see teams tackle ocean-themed challenges and develop new ideas and prototypes to solve those issues using marine data.

For this non-stop, 48-hour event during, teams form around ocean challenges and develop a prototype based on marine data available from local, national and international providers.

The event weekend culminates in the selection of the top local team, who will then compete at the Grand Finale in Brest, France in December 2023 and could win one of the prizes donated by the Ocean Hackathon Ambassadors.

The Plymouth challenges that will be developed during the event include:

  • CoastSNAP – An image rectification and classification tool
  • Sea-ing Differently: So Near Yet So Far Away, Connecting Children to the Sea
  • Plank-tonnes of fun; gamifying plankton data to increase ocean literacy in non-scientific communities
  • From sargassum seaweed to sustainable ship building

You can check out the full details of the challenges and register for the events at the Ocean Hackathon website.