ADRIATHON is a hackathon organised by the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF), on behalf of the EIT Raw Materials Regional Center ADRIA Hub, in cooperation with:
ADRIATHON is designed as a competition in a digital environment, with an objective to develop innovative and efficient solutions for the activation of the Waste Exchange Market run by the Croatian Chamber of Economy, thus supporting the strategic objectives of Croatia set in the national Waste Management Plan (2017 – 2022), but also the EIT Raw Materials Strategy (2021- 2027).
The objectives of the Waste Exchange Market operation are as follows:
The application is submitted by August 20th 2021.
EIT RawMaterials Regional Center ADRIA is dedicated to the implementation of the EIT RawMaterials strategy, therefore aiming to increase the sustainability of exploitation and consumption of raw materials, focusing also on the development of the secondary market of raw materials.
According to the data available in the Waste Management Plan of the Republic of Croatia for the period 2017-2022, one of the largest waste producers in the Republic of Croatia is the construction sector. Although the share of waste generated in the construction sector is estimated at 17%, it is noted that the data on recorded quantities for construction waste are of unsatisfactory quality. Namely, as stated in the Report on Construction Waste Management in 2019 (MINGOR), the quantities of construction waste reported by the waste producers make only about 30% of the actual amount generated.
The largest share in construction waste is soil, stone and dredging waste (45.5%) and mixed construction and demolition waste (19.1%). They are followed by concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics (16.1%), metals and their alloys (13.0%) and other types of waste represented by less than 7%.
Mineral non-hazardous construction waste (not including excavations) has great potential for reuse and recycling, and accounts for 40.3% of total construction waste generated in 2019.
At the same time, according to the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98 / EU), the target recovery rate for construction waste by 2020 should have been 70% of the mass of this type of waste. According to the calculation method determined by Commission Decision 2011/753 / EU (which covers only the selected types of construction waste), the recovery rate of construction waste in the Republic of Croatia for 2019 is 67%. The data on the recovery rate cannot be considered completely reliable, since part of the construction waste is not recorded in the system.
The general goal of organising ADRIATHON is to prolong the life cycle of the mineral raw materials by increasing the recovery rate of construction waste in the Republic of Croatia, with the following specific goals:
As the goals of ADRIATHON are fully aligned with those of the establishment and operation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce's Waste Exchange, the development, visibility, and activation of the Waste Exchange are in the focus of the EIT ADRIA Regional Center and this hackathon.
The access link with technical instructions will be timely delivered to the registered participants. The official language of the ADRIATHON is English.
Shortly before the competition, there will be three introductory webinars for the registered participants, on September 1st, September 8th and September 14th, 2021.
Participants are expected to offer solutions focused on the goals of ADRIATHON, and specifically on one or more of the following:
The two-day event should result in a developed Proof of Concept (PoC) for each team, or each idea, which will then be presented to the Evaluation and Selection Committee of ADRIATHON. A detailed set of instructions for the participants can be found here.
In addition to the personal and professional benefits, gaining new knowledge and establishing business contacts, ADRIATHON participants can expect:
The criteria for the evaluation and selection of ideas can be found in the Instructions for the participants of Adriathon.
The application is submitted by August 20th via an online form on the ADRIATHON website. Individuals or teams can apply. Registered individuals will be organized into teams by the organizers, of which they will be notified in advance. A detailed set of instructions for the participants can be found here.
ADRIATHON is organized as a multi-day event consisting of:
NOTE: Registered participants are expected to participate in all webinars. The recordings of the individual parts, as well as presentations, will be available on the ADRIATHON website immediately after the webinar is held.
NOTE: Registered participants are expected to participate in all webinars. The recordings of the individual parts, as well as presentations, will be delivered to the registered hackathon participants after the webinar is held.
NOTE: Only the attendees of this webinar will be able to participate in the competition.
The targeted number of the ADRIATHON participants is 28, organized in interdisciplinary times of four people. Given the nature of the challenges posed, the aim is to include experts, researchers and students from the technical and social sciences, who will initially apply as a team or as individuals.
The targeted structure of the ADRIATHON participants is:
Participants should ensure their availability in September, during the duration of ADRIATHON competition, as well as on the dates of preparatory webinars.
Vječislav Bohanek was born in 1978 and in 2013 he obtained his PhD in mining engineering at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering. As an associate professor he teaches the following courses: Blasting, Drilling, Surface Mining and Tunnels, and Underground Chambers. He participated in several research projects under different funding programmes. He is also a quality manager at the Laboratory for testing of explosives and the Laboratory for the Calibration of Equipment for Monitoring Blasting Effect on the Environment and a member of many national and international research and professional organisations.
Mr Bohanek will act as a jury member evaluating the developed PoCs.
Marija Đuroković works as a head of the Laboratory for Binders and Ecology and Head of the Scientific Research Council. During her cereer, she gained practical experience in the production and quality control of cement and other construction products. She shows special interest in applied scientific research and experimental development of new construction products with modified properties and reduced environmental impact. She frequently publishes in scientific and professional journals and participates in scientific and professional conferences. For many years, she has been acting as the President of the Technical Committee 74 for Cement and Lime at the Croatian Standards Institute.
Ms Đuroković will act as a jury member evaluating the developed PoCs.
Petra Grgasović holds a master's degree in architecture and has also completed a postgraduate interdisciplinary study of eco-engineering at the University of Zagreb, with a focus on sustainability of building construction and the life cycle of construction products. She has been working as a member of EIT RC ADRIA HUB team since 2019, after accumulating experience from both private and public sector. During her career she contributed to various projects, taking over different roles (manager, administrator, lead expert, evaluator etc.). During ADRIATHON, you can turn to Petra if you have any questions related to organisation and/or implementation of the event.
Hrvoje Jerković was born in 1976 in Zagreb. He acquired his doctoral degree in the field of applied computing in 2012, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and has worked as a head of various departments for management and implementation of information systems in the business environment. As a researcher and lecturer at Algebra College, he holds the course in Disruptive technologies. Mr Jerković has completed several certified programs in the areas of machine and deep learning. He focuses on project management and implemantation in the field of data and information science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and their application in business, society and industry.
Mr Jerković will act as a jury member evaluating the developed PoCs.
Željka Korica has a degree in agronomy and works as an external associate on the Register of Environmental Pollution in the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. She also works on quality control of the waste-related data reported to the Environmental Pollution Register database, on the database administration and other tasks within in the Department of Water, Chemicals, Industrial and Integrated Pollution and Other Sectoral Pressures in the Service for Waste and Sectoral Pressures.
Ms Korica will participate as a lecturer during the second webinar.
Zdravko Kunić is an experienced technology expert, entrepreneur and data scientist. He is an expert in databases, decision support systems, computer modeling, information visualization and professional microelectronics. He has designed specialized information systems and databases in the field of insurance, telecommunications, public administration, meteorology, culture and traffic management, and led a number of development projects in the field of information technology and industrial electronics.
Mr Kunić will give a lecture in the third webinar.
Laila Gumhalter Malić holds a master's degree in Bioprocess Engineering from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. She is a senior advisor in the Waste Department at the Institute of Environment and Nature within the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. She works on waste statistics for specific types of waste, including data collection, processing, and analysis, and the preparation of reports on the implementation of EU directives. She participates in the administration and development of the application "Electronic Register of Waste Generation and Flow - e-ONTO" as a part of the waste management information system.
Ms Gumhalter Malić will participate as a lecturer during the second webinar.
Alenka Mauko Pranjić acts as a Head of Department for Materials at the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute. She mainly works on sustainability of secondary raw material-based construction materials and construction works, including recycling od different waste flows, remediation, circular business modelling and environmental assessments. She is skilled in the microstructural analysis of geological materials, including 3D analysis. Since 2008 she has been a project coordinator of several international and national research projects and contributes as an evaluator of H2020 proposals and a reviewer for different national and international journals.
Ms Mauko Pranjić will give a lecture in the second webinar but will also act as a jury member evaluating the developed PoCs.
Nina Štirmer is a full professor, Vice dean for science and Head of Materials Technology Chair at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb. She participated in the realization of numerous international and national scientific and research projects related to the application of recycled and secondary materials in cement composites and management of construction and demolition waste. She published more than 180 papers in journals and proceedings of international and national conferences.
Prof. Štirmer will give a lecture in the first webinar but will also act as a jury member evaluating the developed PoCs.
Dejan Vapski is a Master of Technical Sciences in Mechanical Engineering. He has been working within the Knauf Group for more than 30 years, currently as a plant manager of the Knin factory in Croatia, a position for which he has all the necessary knowledge applied in operational and strategic management. The plant is developed according to Knauf standards relevant for all Knauf factories around the world, which also includes areas related to waste management.
Mr Vapski will participate as a lecturer during the second webinar, but also as a jury member evaluating the developed PoCs.
Dijana Varlec holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb. She is a senior expert advisor in Industry and Sustainable development Sector in Croatian Chamber of Economy. She works on topics related to waste management, especially as a member of various committees and working groups during process of new legislation preparation and is actively involved in preparation of position papers for legislation on EU level. She works on preparation of waste management sector economic trends analysis and is involved in advocating process before competent authorities, like upgrade of existing waste management system. She is also involved in promotion of green transformation process of businesses in line with sustainability requirements. Ms Varlec will act as a lecturer and a jury member evaluating the developed PoCs.