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Scotland’s Blue Growth Data Challenge – Opens today!

Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA), The Data Lab & the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) launched Scotland’s Blue Growth Data Challenge – an open innovation competition which aims to harness creative thinking & data science to undertake analysis and design new data products for the benefit of our local and global marine environment, communities & economy.

Orkney is home to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). This is the world’s only accredited centre offering full scale, grid-connected test facilities for developers of wave and tidal energy devices. This year, EMEC are making their datasets openly available for anyone to explore for the first time ever!

Scotland’s Blue Growth Data Challenge aims to inspire ingenuity and excellence in applying data science to EMEC’s open data with data from any other accessible data sets including those from the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications.

Anyone can take part

If you are studying, working with or researching data or the marine environment and you believe that you can creatively work with open data to create a useful output, please get involved and take part in the Blue Growth Data Challenge!

What you can win

Your team will be crowned the ‘Winners of Scotland’s Blue Growth Data Challenge’ and will receive a package of support to help further develop your idea.

The winning team will be invited to Orkney for a three-night stay*. They will visit EMEC and their various sites and this will include an opportunity to meet with the EMEC team to further explore their idea. Meetings will also be arranged with other local agencies as appropriate.

Other prizes include free tickets to DataFest 2019 and an opportunity to collaborate with SoXSA and develop your idea to full commercialisation. SoXSA will also help unlock funding from the European Space Agency.

Get involved and register to be a participant now!

For a chance to speak to a panel of experts sign up for our Q&A webinar.

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*This trip would be for up to a maximum of five people from the winning team for a maximum of three nights. Reasonable costs for travel from within Scotland will be provided.

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