Athens, October 31st, 2019
The first phase of the first Hackquake was completed on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the premises of Ellinogermaniki Agogi. The participating teachers had the opportunity to attend an extremely interesting presentation by Dr. Houliaras, from the Institute of Geodynamics, during which the basic concepts of earthquakes were understood and the importance of early warning in emergencies was also highlighted.
Continuing, Mr. Spiros Athanasiou, the Infrastructure coordinator of Hellenic Data Service (Helix
project), guided the participating teachers through the basic structures of HELIX
in detail and worked together in the area that hosts open data from the school seismograph network that EA with the Institute of Geodynamics have developed in 5 countries. Data, which can be exploited in a variety of ways by the learning community, but on the Hackquake Day participants observed how this data through the Python programming language could develop an early warning system.
After brainstorming and developing an extremely creative discussion, organizers and participants renewed their appointment for the second phase of Hackquake, where teachers will come back this time with their students to work on computers and manage to develop an early warning system. Participants will work as teams and the best team will win a school seismograph.