The Farming by Satellite Prize rewards young innovators exploring the use of satellite technologies to improve agriculture and reduce environmental impact. Applications for the 2020 Prize open 16 March.
Kicking off its 5th edition, the Farming by Satellite Prize is designed to encourage young professionals, farmers and students in Europe and Africa to create new, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions using Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo. 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. Returning this year, the Special Africa Prize encourages young Africans to seek satellite-based solutions for their agricultural needs.
How does it work?
Each team nominates 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. Two phases, live pitching, and €10k up for grabs.
Who can participate?
Individuals or teams of up to four people are invited to register online between 16 March and 15 June 2020. All team members must be under the age of 32 by the submission deadline and be a citizen or resident of a European or African country. All applicants must be at least of 18 years of age by the date of application submission deadline.
For the Special Africa Prize, at least one applicant must be a citizen of or a resident in an African country and other applicants in a team application must be citizens of or residents in an African country or one of the Member States of European Union.
All applicants (i.e. individual applicants or each team member of teams of applicants) are required to submit a copy of a personal ID document (ID card, Passport) to confirm only their first name, last name, nationality, and age (date of birth). The photographs, as well as any other personal data (except for the aforementioned four) included in such ID documents must be concealed by each applicant so that they are not at all visible in the submitted copy. If such non-mandatory personal data are visible, it is implied that the applicant has given its consent to their processing
Full eligibility criteria can be found on the Farming by Satellite Prize website at www.farmingbysatellite.eu
1st place – €5,000
2nd place – €3,000
3rd place – €1,000
Special Africa Prize – €1,000
And an expenses-paid trip to participate in the final stage of the competition, and the Award Ceremony. A group of expert judges will review every idea.
Event Date (estimated)
1 Announcement of Contest 16 March 2020
2 Deadline Open Call (First Phase) 15 June 2020
3 Announcement of the results of Open Call (First Phase) 30 June 2020
4 Deadline Deep Dive Phase (Second Phase) 30 September 2020
5 Announcement of the Deep Dive results 16 October 2020
6 Final step – Live Pitches & Awards Ceremony November-December 2020
For more information, visit the Satellite Prize website