Marine Data Challenge

Mercator Ocean International, the implementor of the Copernicus Marine Service, in partnership with the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece announces the Marine Data Challenge event to encourage innovative solutions to some of the most important global challenges related to the blue economy. This event will take place in the period of July – to December 2022 with the first kick-off introduction event on July 12th happening online.

The Marine Data Challenge

This event is designed to bring together organizations that face challenges in the marine environment with a problem-solving network that can develop innovative and sustainable solutions using their expertise and the Copernicus Marine Service open data. The focus will be on four topics of the blue economy:


  • Aquaculture & Fisheries,
  • Maritime navigation (for both passengers and goods),
  • Renewable energies, and
  • Coastal Management (including coastal planning, tourism, and coastal activities).


Participating teams (i.e. problem solvers) will compete to develop solutions for challenges crafted by problem setters. The teams will get guidance and coaching from Copernicus Marine Service experts as well as an opportunity to acquire business contracts and expand their network.



‘We are looking to connect the brightest minds to generate the most ground-breaking and impactful solutions for the ocean and blue economy.’

Feedback on OceanChallenge4Africa

Considering the previous experience of Mercator Ocean International running hackathons (i.e. The OceanChallenge4Africa taking place in April 2022), we acknowledge that multidisciplinary teams bring the greatest contributions to the development of solutions.

This #OceanChallenge4Africa hackathon used the data from the Copernicus Marine Service, EMODnet and EUMETSAT to foster the development of transformative ocean science solutions to build a thriving blue economy and promote a sustainable ocean in Africa.

Out of the 94 ideas submitted and 850 registrations received, about 200 participants attended the hackathon, working in the 35 selected teams. They were supported by more than 20 mentors of various expertise throughout the 48 hours journey. The best teams were awarded cash prizes, visibility through Copernicus EU, and opportunities to develop their idea further at incubators and acceleration programs. We hope this event will gain similar success! You can find more information about Marine Data Challenge and its agenda on the event website.



Copernicus Marine Service

The Copernicus Marine Service is the marine component of the Copernicus Programme of the European Union. It is funded by the European Commission and implemented by Mercator Ocean International, a centre for global ocean analysis and forecasting.

Mercator Ocean International is a non-profit organisation, in the process of becoming an intergovernmental organisation, providing ocean science-based services of general interest focused on the conservation and the sustainable use of the ocean and marine resources. It is owned by ten major players in the field of operational oceanography: CNR, CNRS, Ifremer, IRD, Météo-France, SHOM, CMCC, MetOffice, NERSC, and Puertos del Estado.


The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) is a global organization of dedicated professionals with local chapters, affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through MIT Technology Review.

We are open to all participants of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The vision of the MITEF is to build a better world by accelerating the creation and growth of world-class technology companies.

MITEF Greece was established in 2013 by a group of entrepreneurs, investors, and business professionals. Our goal is to help Greece become an international technology hub. Our mission is to support tech entrepreneurs to grow their business skills and network through a series of carefully designed workshops and intensive mentoring. We are supported by leading organizations in Greece and abroad


Contacts press:

Mercator Ocean International:

Veronique Abadie,

Marketing Manager


MITEF Greece:

Vaia Loukoutou

Project leader DMH

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