PhilSA invites hackers to join 2021 Galileo Hackathon

Published October 23, 2021, 2:10 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

(Photo from the Philippine Space Agency)

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) is inviting Filipino hackers to join the Galileo Hackathon by to be held virtually from Nov. 12 to 14.

The ideation hackathon is open to all Filipinos of legal-age, the agency said, adding that each team must be composed of five members.

For this year’s edition, teams must choose to solve one of the four challenges: emergency applications, environmental challenges, maritime applications, and tourism and cultural heritage.

“Hackers must propose a sustainable and impactful solution to the challenge they chose using positioning technologies such as the Galileo – the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS),” said PhilSA.

Interested participants can either choose to join the hackathon in the Philippines organized by PhilSA, the Galileo Hackathon in Thailand locally organized by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), or the Open ASEAN Hackathon for all Southeast Asian countries.

PhilSA said the virtual hackathon will take place in Taikai, a virtual hackaton platform, where hackers can network, form teams, access tools and resources, and be mentored by industry experts.

The virtual hackathon will run from Nov. 12 to 14. Entries must be submitted on Nov. 14 at for judging.

The top three Philippine teams will receive cash prizes, while all hackers will receive a certificate of participation. is funded by Horizon 2020, a research and innovation program by the European Union (EU).

The hackathon is endorsed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), through the Committee on Science, Technology, and Innovation (COSTI).