AGILE Workshop – Digital Earth: What the hack?

On June 3, 2014, we organised a pre-conference one-day workshop titled Digital Earth: What the hack? in Castellon de La Plana, under the auspices of the International Society of Digital Earth ( and 7th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science – Connecting a Digital Europe through Location and Place (

Hackathons and mapathons are revolutionising societally-relevant software development and geographic information co-creation around the globe. Hackathon (example) and mapathon (example) events succeed if they are well prepared. Good preparation includes a well-defined focus, securing data sets, making choices for programming language and operating system and formulating well-researched challenges to be addressed in the events.

We chose “smart cities” as the workshop focus because we felt the need for something concrete around which to wrap our brains. The workshop consisted of presentations in the morning session and a world-café with detailed discussions and debate in the afternoon session.

The outcome of the workshop will be compiled in a state-of-the-art (white paper) on hackathons.

Follow our next steps, find our report and follow-up publications on our workshop website:

1. Sven Schade, JRC- European Commission
2. Davina Jackson, D_city and Richard Simpson, Metabola (Video presentation)
3. Chris Parker, Ordnance Survey – GeoVation Programme
4. Linda See, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
5. Paola Llobet (Director of Innovation, City Valencia)

Other Participants and organisers
6. Stefan Winter (U Melbourne, Australia)
7. Miguel Angel Esbri (ATOS, Spain)
8. Julian Delgodo (IGN, Spain)
9. Rob Lemmens, University of Twente – ITC, The Netherlands
10. Florian Hillen, University of Osnabrück, Germany
11. Christine Richter, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12. Bernhard Höfle, University of Heidelberg, Germany
13. Yola Georgiadou, University of Twente – ITC, , The Netherlands



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