Fishackathon 2018: Solutions to Protect Our Waters

On February 10-11, the U.S. Embassy, the University of Cádiz, International Campus of Excellence of the Sea, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment  (MAPAMA), with the collaboration  of the Spanish Oceanagraphic Institute, Santander Universities, Marine Instruments and IBM celebrated the global initiative “Fishackathon 2018.” Fishackathon is a worldwide competition launched by the Department of State in 2014 to create technological solutions to help solve problems related to fishing and, in this way, protect the oceans and marine life. This was the first year a city in Spain took part in the event, joining 65 other cities on 5 continents around the world.

During the event, teams competed against each other locally to develop a winning idea. In Cádiz, 45 participants made up of programmers, web designers, graphic designers, biologists, mathematicians, engineers and students worked tirelessly over the course of two days. Participants were divided into nine teams of up to five people and focused their efforts on challenges specifically relating to sustainability, market access and regulatory compliance. The winning team was a group formed by graduates of the Higher School of Engineering of the University of Cádiz. Their project, Smart Buoy, focused on the design and development of an automatic probe to collect information on different elements affecting environmental quality in freshwater. Their device works in real time, receiving and sending the data to a network where end users can perform data analysis. The group was awarded a 2,500 euros first prize, sponsored by Banco Santander. The group will now move forward to compete against the other winning teams from around the globe.

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