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Submission Deadline: 31 January 2022, 11:59pm

Space for Planet Earth Challenge

Leveraging space technologies to address climate change


Congratulations to the 12 teams invited to the Space for Planet Earth Virtual Research Incubator!


High School Level:  Coral Health

Space Kiwis           Auckland Grammar School, Auckland, NZ

Rowdy Rocketeers           Camberwell Grammar School, Camberwell, Australia

Cashmere Space Club           Cashmere High School, Christchurch, NZ

Christ’s College           Christ’s College, Christchurch, NZ

Not Basic           Newlands College, Wellington NZ

Sub 56           Selwyn College, Kohimarama, NZ


University/Startup Level: Carbon Sequestration

GEOTeS PNG           Lae, Papua New Guinea

Geospatial Biomass Inference Model (GeoBIM) for tropical carbon sequestration measurement

Lidar Team           Brisbane, Australia

Estimating Aboveground Biomass with Quantitative Structure Models and Multi-sensor fusion 

Lynker Analytics           Wellington NZ

Modelling rainforest biomass and carbon sequestration in the Solomon Islands 

Earthbanc           Melbourne, Australia

Scaling Earthbanc's NCS carbon & finance marketplace with AI-driven MRV technology and 0% loans

The HEAL Initiative  Auckland, NZ

Spatiotemporal measurement of carbon sequestration through artificial neural networks and NDVI carbon dioxide flux models for cyclic climate change mitigation.

Yadrava na Vanua (Environment Watch)          Suva, Fiji

PSIDS IPCC tier one carbon stock inventory (forestry and mangroves)


For more information on the teams descriptions, go to the incubator page.

We thank our Phase 1 Evaluators for their time and support!



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 a chance to compete in the final demo and pitch session on 18 Feb 2022 is now open.  Three finalists will be invited to compete for the grand prize awards.  Teams need not be part of the incubator programme to submit a full application. Apply now.


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

Incubator/Mentorship Programme: 15 Nov 2021 – 31 Jan 2022 (currently ongoing)

Full Application Deadline: 31 Jan 2022 
Applicants need not be in the incubator to apply.

Finalist Announcement: by 10 Feb 2022

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

Final Pitch and Awards Event: 18 Feb 2022  Turanga Library, Christchurch, New Zealand and Online

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