Please note registration for this event is now closed. Thank you to everyone that applied. We had an over-subscription factor of 2.1, so lots of interest from a broad range of backgrounds.

We are entering a new era of astronomy with the massive radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), coming online in next five years. The SKA will generate around 160 TB (1012 bytes) of data per second, which is more than 5 times the current global internet traffic.

Such an immense data rate presents unparalleled challenges to astronomical and information technology communities in terms of data storage, transport, exploration, and accessibility. We need to solve these data challenges so astronomers can translate this data into groundbreaking science on topics such as the Universe's evolution, the formation of the very first galaxies, and the search for extraterrestrial life.

Current radio astronomy is also pushing the limits of our technology. A precursor to the SKA, the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope, produces 300 TB of data per month. Currently there is over 25 PB of data in distributed storage. A data volume comparable to the storage required by data intensive technology giants such as Google.

Enormous LOFAR data rate is already presenting interesting challenges such as science platforms used by scientists, access to super-computers with >1 petaflops of processing power, movement of data, and development of different machine learning algorithms to investigate the data. Confronting and surmounting such challenges can result in incredible scientific returns.

Our vision is to empower astronomers with a platform where they can move, reduce and rapidly sift through millions of celestial objects and find brilliant outliers without ever worrying about where and how the data are located and stored. These are significant challenges, whose solutions will impact rest of the information technology community.

In this hackathon we aspire to bring together expertise in areas such as data engineering, data mining, cloud, machine learning, and data visualisation etc. from both astronomy and coding community. Together we can find innovative solutions to interesting astronomical data issues using LOFAR data as a test bed. Will you accept the challenge?



Yan Grange ASTRON
Bart Scheers CWI
Robert lyon University of Manchester
Auke Klazema ASTRON
Maxwell Xu Cai Leiden Observatory
Sophie Ashcroft MCR Codes / Full Stack of Pancakes
David Hendriks Anton Pannekoek Instituut
Marcel Haas DSW Zorgverzekeraar
Casper Koomen blau lab
Marco Nawijn Colosso Applied Research & Engineering
Zheng Meyer-Zhao ASTRON
Sjoerd Timmer Radboud RadioLab
Herman Kloosterman ITZZP
Demian Arancibia Chilean Economic Development Agency, Economy Ministry
Alex Clarke JBCA
Jelle Mes Leiden University
Therese Cantwell University of Manchester
Harro Verkouter Joint Institute for VLBI - ERIC
Herbert Kruitbosch RUG
Antonio D'Isanto Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies
Anne Archibald Anton Pannekoek Institute
Pedro Beirao Orikami
Sarrvesh S Sridhar ASTRON
Micheal Wise ASTRON
Glen Rees Bebr
Liam Connor ASTRON / University of Amsterdam
Joeri van Leeuwen ASTRON / U. Amsterdam
Hein Veenhof CGI
Wietze Albers University of Groningen
Gema Parreño Piqueras ESTAM
Cess Bassa ASTRON
Matthieu Marseille THALES
Alice Héliou THALES
Mattia Mancini ASTRON
Joe Callingham ASTRON
Amruta Jaodand ASTRON


Program for Day 1

Time Agenda Location
09:00-09:30 Register/coffee Central hall 2012 (ground floor)
09:30-10:30 Intro to the Hackathon. Introduction by head of the ASTRON astronomy group M. Wise, and SKA representative R. Lyon. Auditorium
10:30-11:15 Coffee break/collaboration building Central hall 2012 (ground floor)
11:15-12:30 Quick pitches for potential projects (6 teams. So, about 10 mins each) Auditorium
12:30-13:30 Lunch Central hall 2012 (ground floor)
13:30-16:00 Hackathon Session I Hooghoudt and Muller room
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 Day review/Informal work Time/Close Auditorium
19:00- Dinner Bospub

Program for Day 2

Time Agenda Location
08:30-09:30 Update from Day 1 achievements. Stress on current issues being faced Auditorium
09:30-12:00 Hackathon Session II Hooghoudt and Muller room
12:00-13:00 Lunch Central hall 2012 (ground floor)
13:00-16:00 Hackathon Session III Hooghoudt and Muller room
16:00-17:00 Wrap-up with developments made Auditorium
17:00-18:30 Borrel Central hall 2012 (ground floor) If nice weather: roof terrace.



The hackathon would be held at ASTRON's main headquarters located in Lhee, near Dwingeloo, the Netherlands.


Drive/Bike - Different routes to access ASTRON are detailed here. Note that the scheduled shuttle bus will see you arrive too late for the start of the Hackathon on Monday.
Taxi - If you prefer a taxi from Hoogeveen railway station to ASTRON, please send us an email. A taxi costs Eur 31,00 per ride, so it is advisable to share. Taxis are not always available at the station so we suggest pre-booking with the secretaries of ASTRON.


Many participants have reserved their accommodation at Fletcher hotel De Borken. ASTRON will be supplying all participants with a free night accommodation. Therefore, you will be requested to pay for your total number of nights minus one. The Fletcher hotel will deduct one night from the bill, so no further action required if you are staying at the Fletcher hotel.

Participants who have booked accommodation elsewhere, you will have to fill out an expense claim (available here) for one night's accommodation. Clearly fill out your bank details or make a separate sheet for this. Send the expense claim by email and attach the receipt.

In addition to the one free night accommodation, coffee, tea and lunches on both days will be supplied, as well as a dinner on Monday 23 April. All other costs are at your own (institute) expenses.

Dinner Monday 23 April 19:00 hrs

Venue: De Bospub, Bosrand 18, 7991 PD Lhee.
De Bospub is close to ASTRON and Fletcher hotel De Borken (in between).
Directions to the venue from ASTRON can be found here.
Menu: pannenkoeken buffet.



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