TellusHow2Hack — Tellus South West hackathon

Tellus SW map

The Tellus South West project was a collaborative, environmental survey and research project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and carried out by a partnership comprised of:

The project gathered a large amount of scientific data that we want to benefit the local economy and businesses as well as the environment in the south west of England. In order to maximise the impact of the data collected, we are holding a "hackathon" called TellusHow2Hack, in collaboration with CSM, to support start-ups and SMEs develop new commercial applications with our data.

TellusHow2Hack will support the south-west region's entrepreneurs, start-ups and local businesses to experiment with our geo-environmental data from Tellus South West. We want to help start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises identify new business opportunities that will help grow the economy in the south-west of England; it could be for sustainable use of natural resources, mapping heritage and environmental assets or maybe assisting with improving the quality of water and soil.

Interested? Sign up here!

What's a hackathon?

The hackathon will be a two-day event where groups will come together to prototype and develop new business propositions using the Tellus South West data with help from the BGS data experts. Participants typically form groups of about two to five individuals (but you can opt to come on your own and join a group) who then work with data analysts and experts from the BGS in order to try out their new business ideas.

What could you use our data for?

Here are some ides...

  • Integration of Tellus data with other datasets to speed up planning applications
  • Linking geographic information system (GIS) layers with world heritage sites — for example, Cornwall Wildlife Trust data layers to develop apps for leisure/ tourist use such as walking or cycling routes.
  • Improve conservation of archaeological sites.
  • Improve infrastructure and asset management through a better understanding of where the ground may be more corrosive or subsidence more likely.
  • Better flood management using green infrastructure more effectively.
  • Assessment of resources and opportunities for mineral development in the south west of England.
  • Investigate low carbon energy opportunities such as deep geothermal energy.
  • Create derived datasets that can be used to support government policy decisions in economic and sustainable development, social infrastructure, environment and human health.
  • Understand where villages and transport routes are confined to deep valleys that are prone to flooding in order to improve the resilience of local communities.
  • Understand where bridges critical to local community resilience may be at risk from natural hazards.

Event details

The hack takes place at the University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ, 18–19 September 2017

Food and drink will be provided throughout the two days, funded by the Environmental Growth for Business (EG4B) project which has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014–2020.


For more informatiom please contact Enquiries or see this flyer.

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