Cassini Hackathon Bulgaria

24 March, 19:00 CET–
26 March, 17:00 CET

Central Military Club, Sofia


Join the Hackathon in Sofia!

Can you create solutions using space technology to help strengthen Europe’s security? The 5th CASSINI Hackathon is open for entries. 

Be inspired by experts, learn to access data from Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo, and connect with a team to build your solution. There are three challenges on the theme of defence and security: 

  1. Enabling cross-terrain mobility
  2. Making the seas more secure
  3. Protecting our critical infrastructure
Get involved
Get involved

The vision of our Bulgarian organiser is to strengthen links between science and business, supporting the use of space data in a wide range of industries. This edition of the Hackathon offers participants access to experts from the Centre for National Security and Defence Research, and more.

Join us in Sofia between Friday 24th and Sunday 26th of March. All you need is an interest in space technology – and the motivation to develop a winning idea. There are local and international prizes for the best teams… giving the winners the support they need to launch their ventures!


1st Prize:

      > 2000 EUR 

      > 2000 EUR voucher for cloud resources by Mundi

      > 3 months of mentoring

      2nd Prize:

             > 1000 EUR 

             > 1000 EUR voucher for cloud resources by Mundi

             > 3 months of mentoring

             3rd Prize:

                    > 500 EUR 

                    > 500 EUR voucher for cloud resources by Mundi

                    > 3 months of mentoring


Special Prizes:

> Subjects awards Pool of 2000 EUR for all teams

> Adventure awards for selected teams

> LLcloud standard subscription plan for 6 months for the team with the best solution on the Critical Infrastructure challenge

 ... and others to come!




The top 3 teams across all hackathons will be awarded an additional 100 hours of expert mentoring.


1st place - ExpLORA

2nd place - Air Force Academy

3rd place - Thermopylae

Big Ideas Campaign Bulgaria

Prepare for the hackathon, get inspired, meet the members of your team, Q&A, and much more!

March 9 Thursday
18:00 CET

Critical infrastructure

March 14 Tuesday
18:00 CET

Business coaching and Matchmaking

March 20 Monday
18:00 CET

Pre-hackathon preparations

Meet our experts

Interest in the space sector is soaring – and you’ll get an inside perspective from our expert panel!



Mentor for Challenge #1: Lieutenant colonel Dr. Ilian Khutov
Director of the Directorate "Development of Armament, Equipment, Assets and Materials" at the Bulgarian Defense Institute
Mentor for Challenge #2: Professor Yantsislav Yanakiev
Professor at the Bulgarian Defense Institute
Mentor for Challenge #3: Colonel Engineer Hristo Anastasov
Director of the Directorate "Military Standardization, Quality, and Certification" at the Bulgarian Defense Institute
Prof. Eng. Todor Djamiikov
Optical-electronic sensors&EO expert, Prof. at the Technical university of Sofia
Ventsislav Polimenov
Developer, AI&ML Specialist, PhD at the Institute of Mathematics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Ivelin Ivanov
EO& GIS, Copernicus Applications, Cloud Support Expert
Katya Dimitrova
Copernicus Applications, EO & GIS
Kamen Iliev
EO, Business management, technology transfer
Martin Sofroniev
Atos Bulgaria
Pepa Petrova
Atos Bulgaria
About the organisers

The Risk Space Transfer – Technology Transfer Office (RST-TTO) was created in 2012 as a joint venture of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences: the Space Research and Technology Institute and the Center for National Security and Defence Research.

Their mission is simple: RST-TTO aims to increase awareness of Earth Observation technologies and support data-based solutions in sectors including security, environmental protection, urban and regional planning, transport, and climate change. To achieve this, the organisation is working to strengthen links between the science and business communities in Bulgaria – promoting EU space initiatives and programmes.

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn about the thriving space-tech industry in Bulgaria – and develop your own solution with a team of professionals. Register now!


This hackathon is supported by the following sponsors and partners:


Bulgarian Defense Institute "Professor Tsvetan Lazarov"

Under the auspices of

Ministry of Innovation and Growth of the Republic of Bulgaria


Center for National Security and Defence Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Supported by

Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria

Supported by

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


Sofia Security Forum




GIS - Transfer Center


Digital Lights

General sponsor

ATOS Bulgaria