GRSS Local YP Activity: Student Hackathon on Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Development (GTSD) – April 28-30, 2023

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In November 2022, the YP representatives at GRSS Global opened up a call for a new challenge called the “Best Local YP Activity of the Year” open to all IEEE GRSS chapters. IEEE GRSS Bangalore Section participated in the challenge and is one of the winners for the same. Our proposal was on conducting YP events pertaining to GTSD. For the same, we are organizing our first event which is a student hackathon for GTSD during April 28-30, 2023, as an online event (in-person event at IIIT Bangalore.)

This page contains both the call for team registration for the student hackathon and details of the event.

The call for the IEEE/GRSS students who are pursuing UG/PG/PhD/Post-docs/ research scholars in any discipline who are interested in recent advancements in remote sensing, GIS, Python coding and applying artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques for remote sensing applications! Grab the opportunity to be a part of the exclusive student hackathon on “Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Development”, stand a chance to win an incredible prize.

Objectives of the student hackathon

  • Capability building among students for Geosciences and Remote Sensing Applications
  • Python coding and Google earth engine (GEE) skill development among students for real time geospatial analysis involving societal challenges, solutions to climate change, urbanization, clean water etc.
  • Create awareness on sustainable development goals (SDGs)

About the student hackathon

The student hackathon will be a team event consisting of a minimum of 1 member or a maximum of 3 members. We encourage IEEE GRSS members to participate but the hackathon is open to all. Team members may belong to different disciplines/streams but have to be from the same institute. There are 5 research tracks in the student hackathon.

Research tracks

  1. Clean water and sanitation – water quality, integrated water management (SDG #6)
  2. Affordable clean energy – energy deficiency, renewable energy (SDG #7)
  3. Sustainable cities and infrastructure – urban sprawl detection/urbanization challenges using GIS and remote sensing (SDG #9 #11)
  4. Climate action – urban flood, forest fire, wind speed, drought, ecology and forest fragmentation (SDG #13)
  5. Disaster management applications and land utilization/planning (SDG #15)

Latest Update: Event Logistics & Results

  • Total number of participants registered: 64
  • Total number of teams (2/3 students) presented to jury: 13
  • Number of Tutorial sessions (by IEEE volunteers): 03 (Aman Jain, Santhosh M., and Rahisha Thottolil)
  • Jury members: Dr. Shilpa Suresh, Dr. Ujjwal Verma, Dr. Shyam Lal, Mr. Gurudatta K. N.
  • Expert lectures: 02 (Dr. Santosh LG and Mr. Pawan Muddu)
  • Prizes: 
    • 1st place  INR 6000/- Team 12-PyGeoAI — Pyare Lal, Aakash Singh
    • 2nd place INR 3000/- Team 28-TriGeo — Vineet Balkrishna Chavan, Suraj Ravasaheb Mane, Aniket K Sonawane
    • 3rd place INR 1500/- 26-GeoJerry — Hemant Kumar B, Auchithya Sajan

Registration logistics

Registration fees: NIL

Registration link:

Research team size: Student team comprising of minimum 1 and maximum 3 members.

Important Dates

  • Registration open: April 12, 2023
  • Last date for registration of research team: April 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm IST
  • Release of problem statement with dataset: April 28, 2023
  • Submission of research report result from each team: April 29, 2023 at 8:00 pm IST
  • Jury evaluation, expert lecture and announcement of winners of student hackathon: April 30, 2023

Note: Guidelines shall be circulated soon.

Hackathon schedule: Day-1 (Friday, April 28, 2023)

The program at IIIT Bangalore starts online at 9:30 AM and ends at 5 PM. Participants should bring have laptops and chargers for hands-on tutorials preparing them for the hackathon. Teams will receive topics and guidelines by the end of the day, with 24 hours to work on their hackathon thereafter. (Directions to IIIT Bangalore)

Certificate & Prizes

E- Certificate of participation will be given to each member of the research team.

In each track, the best research team will receive a Cash prize (as Amazon Vouchers) of INR. 6,000 (1st prize), 3,000 (2nd prize) and 1,500 (3rd prize) per team.

Contact us for any inquiries: with the subject “IEEE Hackathon GTSD – 2023”

Organizing Team

Dr. Chandan M C, National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, India (Email:

Aman Bagrecha, Blue Sky Analytics (Email:

Santhosh M, Blue Sky Analytics (Email:

Rahisha Thottolil, IIIT Bangalore, Bangalore, India (Email:

Vasala Saicharan, NITK Surathkal, Mangalore, India (Email:

Detailed event schedule is available in the flyer. The event poster has all the important details.