Rules of Participation

Please read the full set of rules in our Terms & Conditions. We have summarised the most important ones for you below:

Timing and Duration

The Copernicus Jupyter Notebook competition will take place online from April 25, 2022, to September 4, 2022.


Participants from Europe and beyond can participate in the notebook competition. You must be over 18, or of legal age in your jurisdiction, in order to participate.

Individuals or Small Teams

You can either enter individually or as a small team. If you work with a team then you need to appoint a team leader. This team leader will be the main contact point between the organisers and the team. All teams can include up to a maximum of five team members.

The submitted notebooks will be made available to help others work with Copernicus data on WEkEO.

Creating and Submitting a Jupyter Notebook

For this competition, you will have access to the Copernicus data and information on the WEkEO platform, and we would like you to create a Python-based Jupyter notebook that showcases the use of Copernicus data.

Other open-source datasets can be used for the development of your solution but there must be some use of Copernicus data available on WEkEO.

The final submission of your Jupyter notebook must be made by September 4, 2022 (4:59 PM CEST) on the submission platform, and each valid submission must consist of:

  • A link to a Jupyter notebook or the notebook (.ipynb) itself, the link can be to your own personal Git repository or Google drive or similar.
  • Include any relevant information needed to run the notebook (e.g. an environment file for additional libraries required).
  • Also, submit a pdf version of the notebook with any outputs displayed.

Moreover, keep in mind the following when working on your notebook:

  • Fresh notebooks only. To ensure a level field for all contestants, the notebook must use code created or reworked by the team, during the competition period (Apr – Jul).
  • Participants are encouraged to register as a user on and develop their notebooks in the WEkEO JupyterLab environment using the existing libraries that are available. If additional libraries are required, we ask participants to add an environment file.
  • Notebooks should show an intuitive end-to-end workflow including showing how to access the relevant data (via WEkEO and any other relevant APIs for additional data), followed by any analysis/visualisation.
  • You are permitted to use publicly available or openly licensed APIs, SDKs, frameworks and other software libraries for your project, provided details are supplied so the judging team can run the notebooks.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the prizes, the following criteria need to be fulfilled:

  • Notebooks should use the recommended template available on the WEkEO Github, and provide descriptive elements in markdown as well as code (see existing examples on the WEkEO JupyterLab).
  • Notebooks should work on the WEkEO JupyterLab platform (within current resource specifications and using existing or additional compatible libraries described in an environment file). Additional libraries used should be compatible with an MIT licence (e.g. BSD, Apache 2, L-GPL).
  • The notebook needs to make use of Copernicus data and information but is not limited to them.
  • Notebooks should use the WEkEO HDA API (ideally via the client provided –, which is pre-installed in the WEkEO JupyterLab).
  • External datasets may be used, but need to be open source and accessible via an API (this access should be demonstrated in the notebook).
  • The final submission also needs to be open source i.e. shareable under an MIT licence.

Notebook Evaluation

The evaluation of the solutions submitted will be performed by a team of objective judges from the organising team, as well as external parties who have no connection to the competition participants.

Judging criteria

All submissions will be evaluated and scored by the Jury on five common criteria:

  • Documentation and style of the code (20% weighting in scoring);
  • Contribution to Open Science (20% weighting in scoring);
    • Applicability to a wider community
    • Addressing barriers to access and use
  • Level of creativity and originality (20% weighting in scoring).
  • Feasibility and veracity of the solution (20% weighting in scoring);
    • Assess whether the developed solution is feasible/technically/scientifically correct.

In addition, for each track, specific criteria will be used to evaluate the notebook (20% weighting in scoring).

  • Track A: Utilise the broad range of Copernicus data
    • Use of a combination of Copernicus datasets
    • Added-value of data fusion over single data use
    • Appropriate pre-processing
  • Track B: Visualise changes to our environment
    • Correctness of scientific presentation of information
    • Understandability for non-experts
    • The best visual technique for the type of data represented
  • Track C: Innovate with Artificial Intelligence
    • Added value of ML/AI
    • Use of models developed and trained during the competition
    • Scalability of the solution
  • Track D: Bring awareness to challenges on planet Earth
    • Understandability for non-experts
    • The potential impact of the story
    • Compelling visualisation of the data

Competition Netiquette

The Jupyter Notebook Competition is a project that encourages the data science community to come together to explore key issues, exchange ideas and collaborate to develop and share content, information and best practices for the creation of an open-science resource.

  • Everyone is welcome. We welcome all participants regardless of race, creed, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical appearance, body size, disability, or marital status.
  • Be nice to each other. We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, creed, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical appearance, body size, disability, or marital status. We do not tolerate harassment on our platforms in any form.
  • Use your time and energy to innovate for good, not to make the world a worse place. Activities promoting or related to alcohol, tobacco, religion, politics, intolerance, violence, firearms, pornography, obscenity, gambling, or illegal drugs are explicitly excluded from the competition. Just don’t. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate on our platforms.

Failure to obey will result in the removal of the member’s account and/or associated content.

We reserve the right to change these competition rules and guidelines at any time, without prior notice.