Satellite data has an abundant role in agriculture sector making it sustainable and more productive. Space technology not only helps in weather forecasting but also plays a crucial role in farm water management, crop fertilisation and helping farmers calculate optimal routes for autonomous tractor to maximize efficiency and reduce waste. For precision farming activities satellites provide soil information as well that can help to improve yields, stability and crop management.
Looking at such abundance of applications, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have opened Farming by Satellite Prize 2020. The 5th edition of this competition is designed to encourage young professionals, farmers and students in Europe and Africa. This completion aims to create new, sustainable and environmental friendly agriculture solutions using Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo.
Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, says “It is clear that we need to make food production much more sustainable and lessen its impact on the environment and climate. Satellite data, technology and innovation can support this change, which is why partnering with this initiative aligns well with the EEA’s commitment to protecting our nature, climate and human health,”
How to participate
Farmers, academics and professionals, below the age of 32 at the time of the submission deadline can participate in Farming by Satellite Prize 2020. Individuals or teams of up to four members are invited to register online until 15 June 2020. All team members must be a citizen or resident of a European or African country. Full eligibility criteria can be found on the Farming by Satellite Prize website at www.farmingbysatellite.eu/take-part/rules.
Here, each team can nominate a leader to register their team and idea on the application platform. Once registered, teams can start on their applications and return to the platform to keep working on their ideas until the deadline of 15 June. All applications will then be evaluated, and the top finalists will be selected to continue to the deep dive phase. This next phase will see teams submit a pitch deck to compete for the chance to travel to the live pitch and award ceremony event.
A total prize pool of €10,000 is up for grabs in 2020 with prizes distributed among the top three European applicants as well as the best idea submitted to the Special Africa Prize. The winner will be given €5,000, and second and third will receive €3,000 and €1,000 respectively. There is a special Africa Prize of €1,000.
“Who would have thought that Galileo and Copernicus would have convinced the young farmers to become tech savvy entrepreneurs bringing innovation gained by Space data to improve quality of life. We need young farmers to be innovative to develop a competitive and yet sustainable agriculture. Of course, they take advantage of what is available thanks to Space technologies and our objective with this competition is to support them to reach the best possible solution,” said Pascal Claudel, Acting Executive Director.
The 2020 edition of the Farming by Satellite Prize is supported by the GSA, the European Environment Agency and CLAAS. As one initiating partner, the GSA is the agency of the European Union managing Europe’s satellite navigation systems, EGNOS and Galileo. Another initiating partner, the EEA is an agency of the European Union that provides independent information on the environment to decision makers and the public and industry. Industry partner CLAAS, is a manufacturer of agricultural engineering equipment.
Combine your knowledge and creativity and share your ideas using European satellite technologies to improve agriculture and reduce environmental impact. Apply today: www.farmingbysatellite.eu