(1) The ISPRS SC Summer School and Hackathon

this summer school will focus mainly on training participants with state-of-the-art technology through  3 days of intensive lectures and practical sessions, promoting collaboration through break-out sessions and a 2-day hackathon, and communicating science through presentations and will deliver concepts and tools that are related to the summer school theme. The design of the summer school program is as follows and will run for 5 days during 6-10 August 2018 :

  • Lectures and Practical Sessions

Lectures on topics relevant to space and geo-informatics applications will be delivered by prominent professors and experts in the field and will be accompanied by practical sessions. Practical sessions are not limited to learning through computers, but may also include group exercises that will challenge participants in thinking about real world problems and boost their presentation skills.

  • Break-Out Sessions

In this summer school, the social events will be replaced by break-out sessions, which will encourage participants to work in groups and with one another for brainstorming ideas for the hackathon. This is also the allotted time for the participants to conceptualize their ideas for their proposed application.

  • Industry Visit and Demonstration

Industry experts will also be invited in the summer school and a company visit will be conducted along with a technical demonstration of the latest technologies in remote sensing, photogrammetry, and other spatial information sciences. Students and young professionals are the future users of technology and this will be a great advantage for the industry to showcase their equipment, services, and/or software to participants coming from different universities and organizations.

  • Presentation of Concepts

Each group will be given 10 minutes to present the background of their proposal, objectives, significance, methodology/workflow, target users and other computational specifications.

  • Hackathon

The last 2 days of the summer school will be the hackathon. The type of hackathon will be decided depending on the theme and the potential applications that may be developed. The last session on the second day will be a short demonstration of the hackathon outputs.

One of the potential themes for the summer school is the contributions of remote sensing and geo-informatics to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many developing countries are facing issues in the economic, social and environmental aspects, which the SDGs are trying to address through its 17 goals and 169 targets.