Join the Ocean Hackathon in San Francisco – Call for participants is now open!

Join the Ocean Hackathon in San Francisco – Call for participants is now open!

The Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States of France in San Francisco is working jointly with the Sustainable Ocean Alliance to organize the 1st edition of the 48h Ocean Hackathon the bay from November 5th to 7th 2021! Our goal? To bring out innovative projects on the ocean’s greatest challenges using data science!

Join the +1000 participants from 16 different cities worldwide and have the chance to represent San Francisco during the grand finale in France!


More about the Ocean Hackathon®

Ocean Hackathon is a 48-hour challenge that aims to address the ocean’s greatest challenges by enhancing the value of marine and maritime data through innovation. This hackathon is an initiative from the Campus Mondial de la Mer in France, which encourages sharing, the use of new digital technologies, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Since it was first launched in 2016, Ocean Hackathon has brought together a new community around the ocean and digital environments. In 2021, the Ocean Hackathon® has been endorsed as a Decade Activity by the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. This year, the 6th edition of the 48h Ocean Hackathon will be hosted in 16 cities around the world from November 5th to 7th with one goal: leverage innovation for the sustainability of our oceans.

In San Francisco, this local edition of the Hackathon is organized by the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy, with the help of the SOA – Sustainable Ocean Alliance, a San Francisco-based NGO that is accelerating solutions for the ocean. We also have the support of the French Consulate and Bank of the West. 

In San Francisco’s local edition, we receive 8 challenges created by experts from NASA and Stanford – to name a few. Our challenges aim to enhance human/ocean harmony, fight ocean pollution, and map ocean circulation: 

  • Downscaling Oceanographic Data
  • Integration of Environmental Data to Autonomous Navigation Systems
  • Mapping of regional/global distributions of blue carbon resources
  • Automated mapping of beach cleanup effort
  • Real-time monitoring of ocean circulation
  • Harnessing the Power of the Ocean with Prefabricated Coastal Communities 
  • Ocean Noise Pollution
  • Solutions to capture plastic pollution️

Whether you are a computer scientist, an oceanographer or an advocate of healthy oceans wanting to support the ocean-impact space, we want to hear from you! 

From students to experienced gurus, everyone is welcome to participate! 

🚀 REGISTER | Participation form – Deadline: October 30th
🗓 SAVE THE DATE | November 5-7, 2021
📢 MORE INFO | Website and Presentation Deck
👋🏼 STAY TUNED & SHARE | Linkedin Event



Héloïse Pajot, deputy attaché for Science and Technology in San Francisco, [email protected]

Participants, coaches, mentors? I would love to hear from you! Please do not hesitate to reach out for further information.