Athens Green Hackathon 2012

Service Type/Sector: Training - Organisation & hosting of a creative Green Hackathon in Athens during December 2012

Client: European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) ICT Labs

Client profile: EIT ICT Labs is one of the first three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) selected by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) to accelerate innovation in Europe EIT ICT Labs’ mission is to drive European leadership in ICT innovation for economic growth and quality of life. Since 2010, EIT ICT Labs has consistently brought together researchers, academics and business people. By linking education, research and business, EIT ICT Labs empowers ICT top talents for the future and brings ICT innovations to life. EIT ICT Labs’ partners represent global companies, leading research centres, and top ranked universities in the field of ICT.




The Athens Green Hackathon2012, was unique in relation to the green hackathons already organized, in the sense that it included a specific process for the elaboration of the applications/hacks that were produced. This process was problem-driven and its basic steps are described below.

1. Hacking equation set forth in the beginning (Data + Need = Hack)

2. Rapid talks from invited Data Users and Data Owners of environmental data sets

3. Interview with invited experts/users within the groups of participating hackers

4. Data collection & analysis

5. Brainstorming on specific solutions to the hacking equation set forth

6. Selection of hacks that solve the equation and will be moved forward

Steps 1 to 6 lasted for one full day, with the participants having vivid discussion with data users and owners but also amongst them. In this way, Agro-Know moved away from a typical hackathon where participants usually come with their minds fixed on a hack they would like to try, paying little or no attention to the input from the real communities that will benefit from their hacks.

The hacks were products of the two-and-a-half day hackathon that were conceived, planned and developed through the course of the hackathon as the participants reported that although they came with some idea of what they would like to do, after hearing from the communities working on the environment they had to completely change their approach towards their hack ideas.

The rapid speakers selected for the Athens Green Hackathon 2012, were inspired individuals with deep knowledge of their domain and a special communication ability that allows them to inspire and motivate their audience. They were carefully selected as to represent:

  • The educational aspect around environmental topics on a school level (S. Sotiriou),
  • Practical knowledge and hands-on experience of nature itself (D. Kitsikopoulos),
  • Public awareness and political views on the environmental problems (T. Anagnostopoulos),
  • Technical experience and expertise on computer science usage for educational purposes (S. Dietze),
  • Experience on rich environmental data sets but also deep knowledge of the technical issues around them (S. Athanasiou, S. Kozanis)