The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is looking for new ideas to use satellite technologies to improve agriculture and reduce environmental impact and launched the 4th edition of the Farming by Satellite Prize. The winner gets € 5,000.
Dr Andrew Speedy, Chair of Judges, said: “We’re looking for new ideas and innovations, particularly those relying upon Europe’s satellite navigation services EGNOS, Galileo and the European Earth Observation programme, Copernicus. What’s different this year is that students and young professionals are invited to complete their projects in the summer vacation. We’re anticipating submissions featuring hot topics like Big Data, augmented reality, farming 4.0, artificial intelligence and more!”
The Farming by satellite competition ran for the first time in 2012 with previous finalists including young people from Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Topics have ranged from geo-referenced online data platforms, swarm technologies, precision seed planting robots, crop type detection and evaluation systems, and a new forecasting system for rice production. The aim of the prize is to promote Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Earth Observation services in agriculture. The competition is an initiative of the European GNSS Agency and the European Environment Agency and is sponsored by Claas.
Full details on the competition are available at the Farming by Satellite website. Registration is simple and should be completed before the deadline of 30 June 2018, but early registrations will be able to take advantage of support events. Final submissions must be received by 7 September 2018.
The winner gets € 5,000, 2nd place € 3,000 and 3rd place € 1,000 and an expenses-paid trip to Marseille (France) to participate in the final stage of the competition, and the Award Ceremony. A group of expert judges will review every idea.