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A curated list of challenges, programs, funding opportunities, academic research and startups that have caught our eye.


The UP42 Airbus Sustainable Urban Planning Challenge aims to develop algorithms or methodologies
that use remote sensing to quantify critical issues emerging from the expansion of historic centres
toward modern suburbs.


  • The increasing number of structures that have an impact on non-renewable resources (water,
    vegetation, land)
  • The uneven distribution of green sites
  • Wasted spaces to be repurposed as green or residential areas

We encourage you to consider other use cases that better leverage the most diverse data available on
the UP42 platform.

During the submission phase, you’ll get access to the following:

  • Industry-leading geospatial data
  • Cloud infrastructure
  • Off-the-shelf algorithms

Winners may become official UP42 partners and get their solutions included in our global marketplace.

ESA Copernicus Frontier Tech Challenge

ESA seeks entries that can demonstrate state-of-the-art technologies in EO, such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, DLT/blockchain, AR/VR/XR, mobile technology, Cybersec and Future of Cloud (hybrid/edge computing, confidential computing, and federated/decentralised computing) for Digital Copernicus. These enable the development of new products and services and address opportunities resulting from the European digital transformation.

Evaluation Criteria
Successful applicants will have identified a promising (possibly not fully developed) frontier technology to be applied to new or yet-to-be-developed products or applications using Copernicus data, or have developed a unique value proposition of frontier technology for Copernicus but not yet created a market-ready product.

Necessary teamwork and skill set and their credibility in selected frontier technology domains. Team composition and demonstrated technical competence balance of EO and other tech domains to achieve desired innovation impact.

Solution Description
Clarity and applicability of the solution to the specific problem to be solved. Relevant market analysis.

Technical Feasibility
Is the solution technically sound and implementable at scale? Is the engineering approach credible?

Digital Copernicus
Potential of the solution to advance Digital Copernicus agenda in upstream, midstream or downstream segment (convergence of EO and other emerging digital technology domains). Successful identification of appropriate research questions, technology development directions and challenges, anticipated R&D steps and results. Ability to open growth opportunities in new domains and market potential.

Frontier Technology Innovation
Relevance and use of frontier technologies. Potential to deliver “breakthrough” innovation introducing new technologies. Potential to improve current products or services. Specific relevance to new technology trends, new user needs or behaviours, while leveraging new business models.

How to Apply
You want to fast-track your business and/or innovation based on EO? With help from the largest EO community and ecosystem, you are able to take it to the next level and win your share of a total prize pool of more than EUR 500,000.

BMDV Digital Transport & Mobility Challenge

Transport and mobility need to become future-proof, intelligent and sustainable. We are looking for:

  • innovative ideas to make traffic safer for everyone (e.g. traffic management, autonomous driving, barrier-free routing)
  • creative solutions for sustainable mobility (e.g. sharing solutions, disruption management, apps to combine different modes of transport),
  • climate-friendly freight and logistic solutions (e.g. optimised traffic routes, monitoring and reduction of emissions),
  • new concepts to monitor transport infrastructure (e.g. monitoring of bridges, roads and tracks, early warning systems).

Do you have more ideas? Don’t hesitate to submit them!

Your submitted solutions can target any mode of transportation to solve challenges at a local, national or international level. The concepts should demonstrate the added value of Copernicus data and services. Participants are encouraged to use Copernicus data along with additional data sources such as traffic information, or other mobility-related data. With the mCLOUD, the BMDV provides an access point to open data in the field of transportation in Germany.

BayWa Smart Farming Challenge

As the global population continues to grow every year, so too does the demand for agricultural products. To continue feeding the world without damaging the environment is one of the greatest challenges faced by society, and can only be achieved by increasing the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production. BayWa invites submissions that look to tackle this challenge by combining satellite data with other data sources in an innovative and commercially viable way.

BayWa is particularly interested in new ideas that combine satellite data and artificial intelligence/ machine learning. Furthermore, BayWa is looking for new ideas that support the following application fields:

  • Pasture Management
  • Early Crop Disease Identification in Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Yield Prediction in Horticulture

Do you have a Smart Farming idea that doesn’t fit the above? BayWa encourages you to enter it as well!

DLR Environment, Energy & Health Challenge

n the light of global change, pandemics as well as climate change a sustainable management of our planets resources is more important than ever. DLR is looking for innovative solutions to achieve this goal. Areas of particular interest to DLR are:

  • Environmental Management: Identifying environmental issues and managing natural resources
  • Sustainable Resource Management: Monitoring and improving the use of natural resources, as well as generation, distribution, or consumption of energy
  • Health Promotion: Identifying, monitoring and / or providing solutions to foster human health or mitigating epidemic impacts.

Besides using Earth observation satellite data from Copernicus and DLR missions, participants are encouraged to supplement their ideas with other sources of data, such as information generated by crowd-sourcing, social media or in-situ measurements. Solutions should support professionals working in these areas, inform the public, or empower public authorities to take action and solve issues on a local, national, or global scale.

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