Welcome to the Geospatial Hackathon

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) will host a geospatial hack event at Hacettepe University


The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. The Society operates without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, nationality, or political philosophy.


Hacettepe University, one of the renowned universities of Turkey for the last 50 years, has the only Geomatics Engineering Dept. of Ankara, and some of its members are affiliated with the ISPRS. This hackathon is a joint event of ISPRS V/3 & V/4.


Citizen Science is one of the emerging areas in which geospatial technologies has much to offer. This hackathon aims to link these two domains by gathering people working on relevant disciplines.

Citizen Science
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    Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists, often on a voluntarily basis. The range of activities involving citizen science range from environmental monitoring to archelogy to art science. At the core of these many application domains lie geospatial technologies. This hackathon aims to bring people working on geospatial technologies who would like to contribute to citizen science. The tentative topics include, but not limited to,

    • Open source geospatial technologies
    • Nature conservation
    • Science tools, technologies and applications in citizen science
    • Citizen science and disaster management
    • Air/Light/Water pollution
    • Integrating citizen science into K12
    • Gamification
    • Data, metadata, quality and visualisation of citizen science data


What is a hackathon?
Hackathon is a time-restricted event in which software developers and designers come together to develop a software within a specific domain. It could be considered as a networking event, an educational experience or a competition. In this geospatial hackathon we consider it to be a networking event and an provide an educational experience.

What is this "geospatial" hackathon about?
This Geospatial Hackathon is about integrating geospatial technologies with citizen science. Its all about networking, getting to know the latest geospatial technologies, trying to "build" a geospatial solution, and have a joyful two days! Therefore, this hackathon is not a competition.

Why the hackathon will be on 22-23 September 2017 at Hacettepe Teknokent?
Geospatial Week ,organised by ISPRS, will be held at Wuhan, China between 18-22 September aiming to promote international cooperation in GIScience. We wanted to humbly contribute to this event by conciding the first day of this hackathon.

Hacettepe University holds the only Geomatics Engineering Dept. of Ankara, Turkey; and Hacettepe Teknokent hosts several notable cooperations heavily involved with geospatial technologies. These two reasons make Hacettepe Teknokent a viable place for this hackathon.

Who can participate?
Anyone who has an interest in learning and developing geospatial technologies can participate.

How can I participate?
Please fill in this form ! And yes, there is no participation fee! However, if you register we would expect your attendance and likewise we do not expect those who have not registered.

How many people will there be?
We are expecting approximately 75 participants. If more people register than this number, we might need to eliminate some of them depending on the answers to their registration form.

When are the deadlines?
The deadline for registration and project proposals is September, 19th. We are planning to announce the proposed projects to ease the team formation.

Can we join as a team?
Of course!

What about the code ownership?
We are aware of the importance of IP rights and the organisers of this hackathon will not possess any right in any of the developed projects. Even though we would surely be happy to see the outcome of the work on Github, this is solely the participants' decision. Consequently, its up to the teams to decide the code ownership.

Will my transportation and accommodation costs be covered?
We are afraid not!

What are the rules?
The only rule is to not distract/disturb other participants.

What should I bring with me?
Your identity card and a laptop.


The venue consists of four main rooms :
- Meeting hall (where all the hacking & networking will take place)
- Room A & Room B (where the workshops will take place)
- Conference Hall (bottom-up talks. Please feel free to introduce your research, projects, emerging technologies etc. -almost like an unconference- )

You may kindly find the information about the speaker and the content of the workshop by clicking on the relevant part of the image.

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You can find us at the Dept. of Geomatic Engineering at Hacettepe University in Ankara.

The entrance to Hacettepe Teknokent is via Hacettepe University.

icon 1 Hacettepe Teknokent, Üniversiteler Mahallesi, Ankara

icon 3www.geomatik.hacettepe.edu.tr

icon 3hacettepegeohack@gmail.com

Our sponsors provide monetary support to the hackathon.
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Our partners actively contribute to the hackathon.
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