September 27 – October 1
SilvaTech Hackathon is a 3-day online event to test and build solutions for the forestry industry together with experts from Latvia’s State Forests (LVM) and a pool of international mentors. Participants can either work on solutions for challenges listed below or come with their own ideas that meet the criteria of the SilvaTech program. Both newly formed and already existing startup teams are welcome.
Developed prototypes and solutions will be presented at the Finals and the best ones will move further to the pre-accelerator phase of the SilvaTech program bringing them one step closer to co-innovation with Latvia’s State Forests, that manages 1.6M hectares of forest in Latvia, already using latest digital technologies.
We are looking for a solution to monitor more than 100 quarries in Latvia's territory where is poor network coverage and no electricity supply. This is needed to protect these territories from trespassing, potential theft or vandalism, as well as monitoring traffic (cargo accounting, license plate readings) and similar.
We are interested in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solutions to protect young stands from forest animals in areas with large animal population. Potential solutions can be sound, electromagnetic waves, or material that does not harm animals and the environment.
We are interested in feasible scanning or alternative technology solutions to assess the peat layer thickness. Peat layer thickness determines soil bearing capacity, growing conditions of trees, and other field specifics that are important for forest management planning.
We are looking for ways to eliminate or reduce manual weeding in nurseries. Potential solutions can include robotics, AI, laser, electric impulse, image recognition or other technologies. It can be installed on watering rods or any other acceptable solution to ensure autonomous operations in greenhouses and outside on the fields.
We are looking for solutions to decrease manual work and create a software solution for young tree stands surveying (height, number of trees and other parameters), operations planning, performance quality control, and drone data processing.
We are looking for ways to estimate forest canopy height via remote sensing solutions. A potential solution can be an algorithm that can determine forest compartment predominant mean height with at least 90% accuracy using remote sensing data.
We are looking for ways to monitor the location and quality of silviculture activity in real-time. The solution should include ability to specify a real person, time of productive work, as well as should be integrated with LVM information systems.
We are looking for solutions that help detect the planted seedlings in young stands, in order to support seedling care (i.e. grass cutting) automatization opportunities in the future. A potential solution can be a technology that can assign coordinates to seedlings in forest areas with 10-20cm precision.
We are looking for a feasible solution for a good internet connection in deep forests to solve data exchange, data logging and duplication, up-to-date information availability, and similar challenges. Potential solutions can look like an amplifier inside the car, mobile base station, drone with a 4G router and wifi, or even Starlink technologies.
Access will be given to MSTeams and Miro
09:00 Opening & Welcome session - Zoom
Teamwork and mentoring
17:00 Checkpoint #1 - Zoom
09:00 Checkpoint #2 - Zoom
Teamwork and mentoring
14:00 Pitch webinar
17:00 Checkpoint #3 - Zoom
09:00 Checkpoint #4 - Zoom
Teamwork and mentoring
14:00 - 17:00 Final pitching & Closing ceremony - Zoom
International teams or individuals with or without an idea can register for the hackathon. Participants will be able to put together their own teams or join already existing ones during September 27 and 28. Up to 20 teams formed during the hackathon and registration process will be allowed to participate in the hackathon. Preference will be given to those teams with solutions that solve proposed hackathon challenges or ideas that are well aligned with overall SilvaTech acceleration program topics.
We are especially looking for experts in:
Would you like to participate in the hackathon as a mentor? If you can provide knowledge and expertise in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Geospatial information technologies, Robotics, IT, and Business development, and are eager to help growing startups succeed, join us.
Yes, you can join another team and work together during the hackathon.
The hackathon will take place in English, however, within your team you can choose a different working language for your communication.
Latvia’s State Forests (LVM) is a digital-first forest management company operating by combining innovation and sustainable development. With cutting-edge technologies already being at the heart of LVM’s business, they are always on the lookout for new solutions that will help them bring their vision for a more sustainable future and more engaged communities to life.