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Africa Earth Observation Challenge 2021 opens for submissions

Press Release 16 Aug 2021 - 14:59 SAST

Africa Earth Observation Challenge 2021 opens for submissions

Press Release 16 Aug 2021 - 14:59 SAST

Information from Africa Earth Observation

The Africa Earth Observation (AEO) Challenge 2021 opens for entries today from businesses across the African continent who can make submissions demonstrating a clear application of Earth observation data.

The annual open innovation challenge has been inviting novel space technology applications since 2016, with the aim to identify promising early-stage businesses and develop them into companies

This year’s focus is “Driving geospatial readiness across the African continent through African talent”. Business-ready African innovators and entrepreneurs are invited to submit novel business ideas. Finalists will be selected to enter a two-week business development programme, preparing them for their pitches to a panel of judges and other industry players afterwards.

The three winning submissions will win a combination of prizes, including:

  1. Access to earth observation data packages from Maxar:
    • 1st place: $10,000
    • 2nd place: $5000
    • 3rd place: $5000
  2. Amazon Web Services Activate credits:
    • 1st place: $5,000
    • 2nd place: $3,000
    • 3rd place: $2,000
  3. Four-month incubation and virtual mentorship worth up to $24 000, including mentorship and support from the GEN Space, Digital Earth Africa and Amazon Web Services.

Enter the challenge by visiting: https://eochallenge.africa/enter/