Space for Planet Earth Challenge

Leveraging space technologies to address climate change

Deadline for Proposals to Participate in the Challenge Incubator Programme is 31 October 2021. Apply Now!

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The goal of the Challenge is to use space technologies to find new and innovative solutions to address climate change issues in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.


Apply and you could win up to NZ$30,000 in cash, mentorship support, and data vouchers to further your research.  The Challenge is open to individuals and teams living in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.  


Applications for proposals to participate in the Challenge incubator programme for university students or startups, and high school students is open between 2 August – 31 October, 2021.  

Participation in the Challenge incubator programme includes webinar sessions on the problem areas, technology, and tools for leveraging satellite data to address climate change issues.  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.

A short proposal of the idea should include:

  • Background of the applicant or team members 
  • General technical approach
  • Specific aspect of problem being addressed
  • Projected plan and schedule
  • Specific request for technical support (satellite data, or other)

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The Challenge 


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.

Challenge Timeline

Application for Proposals: Deadline 31 October 2021

Challenge Online Info Sessions and Q&A:

11 August 2021, 7:30 GMT+12 - Watch the Video

7 September 2021, 7:30 GMT+12 - Watch the Video

5 October 2021, 7:30 GMT+12

Onsite Briefings

Wellington, Victoria University, 23 August, 5-6pm*** Watch the Video

Incubator Application Deadline : 31 October 2021.  Teams invited to the incubator will be announced by 12 November 2021.

Incubator/Mentorship Programme: 15 Nov 2021 – 31 Jan 2022

Qualified Teams will be invited to participate through online webinars and data training sessions

Full Application Deadline: 31 Jan 2022

Finalist Announcement: by 10 Feb 2022

3 Finalists from each category will be selected and invited to demo and pitch for the Grand Prize

Tech Demon and Pitch: 18 Feb 2022  Turanga, Christchurch, New Zealand

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