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SINReM students win Sustainable Development Goals Copernicus Hackathon

Two of our SINReM students won the Sustainable Development Goals Copernicus Hackathon. As part of the four-headed ExaMine team, SINReM students Mridul Pareek (India) and Antonio Mires Valdez (Peru) won the first prize with the solution their team put forward for the challenge ‘Raw materials in a circular economy’. Four other SINReM students also participated: Daniel Sandoval, Debabrata Ghosh, Liz Mariana Lobo and Anastasia Yuandy.

In the framework of the Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference (G-stic 2019), the hackathon was organised by Copernicus – the EU’s Earth Observation programme. The aim for participants was to develop new software solutions based on Copernicus Earth Observation (EO) data for one of three societal challenges: ‘Healthy lives for all’, ‘Nutritious food for all’ and ‘Raw materials in a circular economy’.

In this last category, Raw materials in a circular economy, “We created a software that uses satellite open data from Copernicus to track acid mine drainage (AMD) and give a detailed risk map to be used as a decision support system for environmental monitoring companies” , Antonio Valdez of the winning team explains. “Our software can be used to track AMD and give a detailed risk map to be used as a decision support system. Further on, this application can be used by environmental consultancy companies in order to optimise their monitoring strategy. Being the winners of the hackathon, we have been given an opportunity to take our idea forward with the Copernicus Accelerator to develop our prototype into true business model. At the same time, we have applied to PARSEC accelerator programme supported by the European Union to further develop our vision.”