Oceanthon 2021

Ocean&Climate Edition

24th to 26th September 2021


Oceanthon 2021 is the second edition of the digital hackathon entirely dedicated to innovation in the marine domain

The Challenge

The main theme of Oceanthon 2021 is “Ocean&Climate“, and participants will compete to address the increasingly important challenge related to the climate crisis, with the aim of finding interdisciplinary solutions to face global change effects on society and the environment. 

The future to come is uncertain, and full of challenges, but scientists have acknowledged that a healthy ocean is a great ally to fight this climate global crisis. It is imperative to maintain the quality of marine ecosystems and restore those which have been degraded.

As UNESCO, we are convinced that the ocean represents a great opportunity to tackle the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Many innovative solutions and pilot projects have already demonstrated that it is possible to restore marine biodiversity, to preserve the ecological functions and services of the marine ecosystems, and to implement ocean-based solutions for climate change adaptation and for increasing resilience. 

Source: UNESCO http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/ioc-oceans/focus-areas/the-ocean-in-cop21/ocean-and-climate-platform/

Take part in the competition

This second edition is dedicated to the Mediterranean area, and for this reason the call is open to both individuals and trained teams from all Mediterranean coastal states

The initiative is addressed to students, the scientific community, the world of developers, designers, artists, engineers, experts in communication, social sciences and business who are ready to use their skills and entrepreneurial spirit and join forces to develop ideas that can respond to present and future challenges while promoting a greater knowledge of the ocean, its protection and the sustainable use of marine resources.

In this “Ocean&Climate” hackathon, we are looking for new, unconventional and avant-garde solutions to address ocean and climate challenges.

Read carefully the Oceanthon 2021 Call to know more!

There are a few ways in which you can participate in the Oceanthon 2021:


You can build a team and submit your innovative idea, or apply as an individual (you will have time to create a team or join an existing one later on!)

Apply as Participant

Mentor or Nanny

If you are an expert and you like the idea of supervising the teams’ work, helping them throughout the Oceanthon to achieve success with their projects, you can apply as a Mentor or a Nanny, which requires a different time commitment during the event.

Apply as Mentor or Nanny

Send us your application until September 10th
extended until the 23th of September

Download and Share

Download the official Oceanthon Media Kit: you will find ready-to-use images, videos, and social media content that you can share with your friends, peers, and colleagues on your social media profile to spread the word about the competition, and to communicate your involvement in the Oceanthon 2021.

Download Media Kit

*The second edition of the Oceanthon is organized by the Project Office of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Culture in Europe and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), with the support of Hack for Italy. 


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