Earth observation challenge searches for novel applications

August 27th, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has launched the South Africa Earth Observation Challenge 2018 in partnership with satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe, RIIS and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) on 31 July 2018.

The competition challenges South African-based individuals and organisations to come with up novel earth observation applications to address urban resilience, water sustainability and security, and food security – all of which touch on themes of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Finalists stand to win 90-day subscription access to the DigitalGlobe’s GBDX Platform and data (a 100 Petabyte library of high-resolution, multispectral imagery of the last 18 years), as well as pre-built machine learning and remote sensing algorithms. Selected participants will also receive guidance and coaching sessions from the competition partners who specialise in business incubation.

Submissions are judged on the prototype pitch, the ease of implementation, quality and relevance, commercial viability and scalability, and originality. Individuals and organisations outside the earth observation community are encouraged to enter, as the organisers believe there to be a need for different skills to address the challenges.

The competition has four stages: submissions are due by 30 September 2018; these will be reviewed by 5 October 2018 to select participants to proceed to the business case development phase taking place between 8 October and 4 November 2018. This will be followed by the final pitch event, held in a World Café format, and final awards event during which the five winning projects will be announced.

Registrations and submissions can be done online. More information is available at

Contact SA Earth Observation Challenge,

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