Space for Planet Earth Challenge–Leveraging Space Data to Address Climate Change.

Student competitions and scholarships

Posted: 13 October 2021
Notice reference #: 1HAQTX

The goal of the Challenge competition is to use space technologies to find new and innovative solutions to address climate change issues in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. The two topic areas are Carbon Sequestration and Coral Health.

Submit your proposal, and you could win up to NZ$30,000 in cash, mentorship support, and satellite data to further your research or project.

Applications for proposals are open to university/startups and high school students who are residents of New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. 

Deadline to participate in the Space for Planet Earth Challenge Research Incubator Programme is 31 October 2021. 

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Participation in the Challenge incubator programme includes webinar sessions on the problem areas, technology and tools for leveraging satellite data. It includes seminars on design thinking, rapid prototyping, user validation, and pitch coaching.  Teams will leverage Planet data and platform, as well as technical expertise from climate and space experts.  Advisors and Mentors will help teams develop their solutions.

The Challenge Problem Areas

University/Startup Level: Carbon Sequestration

Using satellite data, in combination with other data sources, help develop verifiable methods to measure carbon sequestration on land and in coastal areas.

High School Level: Coral Health

Help improve the monitoring of coral health changes due to climate change using satellite technology.


Further information

Contact: Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom

 (022) 402 1936