Pre-Hack Webinar: Kvarkensat Innovation Challenge 2022 on Sustainable Forestry

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Spruce bark beetle in front of a semi-dead forest. In the background a blue and yellow map. Illustration.
Hackaton themes soil moisture, spruce bark beetles, forest ground damage and forest value chain.

To get familiar with the hackathon, meet the partners and participate in Q&A-session join our webinar on 15 February at 2 PM (time in Helsinki).

Link to the join the webinar here.



Names of the speakers

Webinar Kick-off: Opening words

14:00- 14:05


Kvarken Space Economy project introduction


Heidi Kuusniemi

Theme 1: The need for more timely estimations of soil moisture + Q&A

14:10- 14:40

Anneli Ågren, Aura Salmivaara, Kendall Rutledge

Theme 2: Changes in species habitats: prevent damage caused by spruce bark beetles + Q&A

14:40- 15:10

Johan Fransson, Markus Melin

Theme 3: How to reduce damage to forest ground caused by forest machines + Q&A

15:10- 15:40

Kari Väätainen

Theme 4: New digital concepts for forestry value chain + Q&A

15: 40- 16:10

Ville Kankaanhuhta

For all the themes: Forestry TEP Platform introduction - optional platform available for utilization in the challenge

16:10- 16:30

Renne Tergujeff

Who can apply

The hackathon is open to students, start-ups and researchers in teams of 3-5 persons. Relevant expertise to participate include: Space and satellite data, machine learning and neural networks, computer science, positioning systems, automation, image processing/recognition, engineering, logistics, business and communications and forestry.

The three best proposals across all of the themes will be awarded with a cash prize and possible continuation / acceleration within start-ups and innovation programs.

  • Date: 18.03. - 20.3.2022
  • Where: Online
  • Application deadline: Deadline: 10.03.

Apply here:

Acceptance based on submission, the best submissions may be approved early. Read more about themes and how to apply.


Time: 2022-02-15 13:00 - 15:30
City: online
Organiser: Kvarkensat