Impacto Chile Hackathon

Hack for a sustainable future

3-5 September | Online

Calling for global innovators to help Chile achieve Sustainable Development Goals, especially in the key areas of Air Quality, Sustainable Agriculture and more!

Impacto Chile Hackathon is an open innovation competition, organized collaboratively by Finland and Chile. The best solutions from the Hackathon will be awarded a trip to Finland worth €10 000, visiting the space observation centers in the Arctic Circle or in Helsinki.


Empowering the innovation community of Chile to co-create innovative sustainable solutions.

Impacto Chile Hackathon is open for all innovative solutions that can address key challenges and accelerate Chile’s progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Hackathon also highlights 2 key areas: Air Quality and Agriculture & Forestry. Urban and industrial air pollution also endangers human health and environments, which should be monitored and addressed properly with Chile’s future development. Forestry and fruit, vegetables and wine production have always been key sectors in the Chilean economy. 

The Hackathon encourages all participants to utilize Copernicus Satellite Data as a great tool to tackle the challenge domains. More about the challenge below.

The Hackathon will be organized online from 3-5 September

Best solutions will be awarded:

Trip to Lapland, Finland

The best teams are taken to Finland, Helsinki or Lapland on an expense-paid trip visiting the space observation center in the Arctic Circle.

Visibility in Chile and Finland

Showcase your solutions to decision makers in Chile and get visibility to various media outlets and digital channels in Chile and Finland

Chile is the leader in Latin America on progress towards Sustainable Development Goals. The country ranked 28th out of 193 UN members (Sustainable Development Report 2020 by Cambridge) making big steps forward especially in reducing poverty (Goal 1), improving quality education (Goal 4) and providing cleaner water and sanitation (Goal 6).


Major challenges still remain for many areas and we need to accelerate the process to be on track to achieving the 2030 Agenda. We’re calling for you, innovators, to drive further improvements in Sustainable Development, focusing on the three key challenges of Chile: air quality, sustainable agriculture & forestry and mining.


Air Quality

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Air Quality

Santiago and many regions in South Chile have a major issue with high concentrations of PM2.5, a micro-pollutant that can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. The PM2.5 level can go as high as 3 times the accepted level by WHO in Santiago (IQAir, 2021). Some areas are also troubled by Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) and PM10.  In the last decade, Chile and Finland have collaborated to design, operate and modernize the air quality network in the area with more than 60 stations (2012). Air quality monitoring has enabled the authorities to understand the severity and source of the pollution and drive new policies.  Chilean Ministry of Environment and Finnish Meteorological Institute will present you with a huge set of satellite and air monitoring data to build solutions that can reduce PM2.5, SO2 and PM10 levels in the following sectors:
  • Transportation sector: how to monitor and reduce air pollutants from light, medium and heavy vehicles? How to improve the energy efficiency in transportation to reduce air pollution?
  • Industrial sector: the production and consumption of energy also produces a lot of gas waste that is disposed into the air. How can we reduce emission from power plants and transition to more renewable energy?
  • Individual consumption: the main source of heating for many households is still from burning wood, emitting massive amounts of pollution with low efficiency. 
Come up with innovative ideas, concepts and solutions to reduce air pollutants and improve the health of Chilean citizens. We provide you with an air monitoring dataset that can power your solution.

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Agriculture & Forestry

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Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry

More sustainable practices of agriculture and forestry are crucial to ensure food security (Goal 2 – Zero Hunger) and promote economic growth (Goal 8) while protecting the ecosystem (Goal 15 – Life on Land).  Using Copernicus Satellite Data, FIA and CIREN are looking for solutions in the following areas:
  • Water management: Water shortage has always been the major threat to food security in Chile. With satellite data, we can:
    • Monitor freshwater quality
    • Estimate soil moisture to prevent unnecessary irrigation
    • Measure irrigation efficiency
    • Calculate the rate of evapotranspiration that can predict drought
  • Snow cover monitoring
  • Monitor crop health using various parameters observable in satellite multispectral data
  • Monitor and reduce emission from agriculture, especially from fermentation process, cultivation, energy usage and agricultural waste
  • Effectivize land-use
  • Prevent and manage forest fire with satellite data
  • Monitor forest coverage and ensure forest health for sustainable wood harvesting

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Mining represents 10-30% of Chile’s GDP and its activity has a strong impact in almost all regions in Chile directly or indirectly. Mining industry faces many challenges, be these in logistics, exploration of new mines, monitoring of mine tailings, mine slope stability, water pollution, etc. These challenges in territory management and environmental impacts need to be tackled with appropriate information and decision support systems for the investors, the public organizations and the community at large.  We call for your solutions to:
  • Utilize Copernicus Earth Observation Data to detect new mines
  • Monitor environmental impact of mines with Copernicus
  • Upgrade the logistics systems for the mining industry, reducing costs and improving delivery efficiency

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All teams are encouraged to use Copernicus Satellite Data for their solutions. Teams can also use external data sources that they find to support their development.

Chile Smartmet Server Github

Copernicus Satellite Data

Copernicus Satellite Library

15 best teams whose ideas contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be select to the Hackathon from all domains.


Registration deadline

  • 23 August 2021
23 August 2021
24 August 2021

Announcement of selected teams

  • 24 August 2021


  • 3-5 September 2021
Friday, September 3rd, 2021
  • 15.00 Opening session
  • 16:00 Meet the Mentors and Checkpoint 1
  • 17.30 Hacking and mentoring commences...
Saturday, September 4th, 2021
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Community Yoga
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Checkpoint 2
  • 14:00 - 14:45 Pitching training
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Checkpoint 3
Sunday, September 5th, 2021
  • 09:00 Pitch Submission Deadline
  • 10.30 - 11.00 Jury Briefing
  • 11.00 - 12.45 Pitch streaming & Q&A
  • 13.00 - 14.00 Jury Deliberation
  • 14.00 - 15.00 Announcement of winners and closing
3-5 September 2021

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