Earth observation challenge seeks mining solutions

October 14th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The South African Earth Observation (SAEO) Open Innovation Challenge is now open for entries. This year’s challenge is geared towards finding ideas that assist in advancing the societal and commercial competitiveness of the South African mining industry, while considering the improvement of its environmental impact.

This challenge is hosted by satellite data provider DigitalGlobe, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), RIIS, Minerals Council SA and Unicorn. Participants have from 6 September to 31 October 2019 to come up with a suitable and innovative submission.

The winning team will receive R100 000 grant funding to develop innovation or further research; access to pitching for possible seed investment ranging from $50 000 – $5-million; as well as access to unique multi-spectrum satellite imagery databases. Here are some past submissions to look at for inspiration:

This is the fifth such earth observation challenge held in SA since 2015. The purpose of these challenges was to drive entrepreneurial activity in the country and promote awareness of the value of earth observation to a broader community for applications.

More info is available at

Contact RIIS, Tel 012 012-5015,

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