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GMES and Africa launches the continental Incubation Challenge 2021 for marine and coastal applications

Press Release 9 Aug - 13:02 SAST

GMES and Africa launches the continental Incubation Challenge 2021 for marine and coastal applications

Press Release 9 Aug - 13:02 SAST

Information from GMES and Africa

The GMES and Africa Incubation Challenge 2021 competition targets teams or individuals with a keen interest in building sustainable environmental solutions using artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and big data that could impact the marine and coastal spaces.

The challenge is open to citizens of any African country or anyone residing in any African country, and aims to develop innovation in the maritime and coastal domain as well as building partnerships with startups and enthusiasts.

Applying teams or individuals are invited to focus their solutions on domains such as big data in ocean observation, biodiversity and conservation, insitu environmental measurements, marine pollution monitoring, aquaculture development, fisheries management and small vessel monitoring, safe inland water transport and navigation, and safety at sea. Applicants can also propose innovative solutions that are not captured above but are equally relevant to marine and coastal areas in Africa.

The challenge runs from 9 August until 5 November 2021, and takes place in four main phases:

  • application and selection period
  • virtual training stage
  • Bootcamp stage (in-person) to be held in Ghana
  • awards ceremony

The winning teams will earn among others cash prizes of $5000, $4000 and $3000 for the first, second and third places respectively. Additionally, products developed by the winning team will be showcased at the continental level under the auspices of the African Union Commission.

More info on the challenge is available here, or contact the organisers: innovation@gmesafrica.org