GAIA - Predicting Plant and Crop Diseases with EO Data

GAIA, provides farmers with an app enabling them to identify risks early on and obtain crop yield predictions. The app collects all the relevant measurements from satellite data and, as an added option, in-situ sensors, in order to match areas of interest with possible diseases. The climate-smart crop solution is focused on the delivery of agricultural risk management products derived from seasonal climate forecasts, resulting from satellite data. Detailed knowledge of exact field conditions will aid farmers save water and many other kinds of resources.

After winning the Space App Camp ESRIN 2015 and participating in the Space App Camp Barcelona 2016, the team has recently founded their company GAIA Solutions Ltd. and it partnered with the Health and Environmental Management Society (HEMS) in Nepal to use real data to train their machine learning algorithm. GAIA is continuously working on enhancing the smart learning algorithm to enable the best service possible to its clients.

As this excellent example shows, there are multiple application possibilities for the combination of EO data with innovative approaches to make the process of satellite data analysis more efficient and smarter. Do you have a pioneering idea based on the combination of EO data and other data sources? Then have a close look at the BMVI Earth Observation Challenge for Digital Transport Applications of this year's Copernicus Masters.

The BMVI Earth Observation Challenge for Digital Transport Applications
Have you ever thought about how to exploit EO data by combining it with other geo-data sources and how that idea provides innovation for transport and logistics? Then take a close look at this Challenge. Earth observation and its produced big data have great potential of creating pioneering services and products. Submit your idea to win fantastic prizes and make your idea a future high-flyer in the area of transport and logistics.

Astrosat End-to-End EO Challenge
This Challenge is in search of new applications for Earth observation services that are based on the use of custom sensors on the ISS in tandem with the datasets Copernicus provides. Solutions that aim to support disaster aid or the economic advancement of end users in developing countries in Asia are specifically in favour. The winner will be awarded a bespoke support package prize valued at EUR 8,000 that includes business and technical assistance that will help bring the product closer to market and will get the opportunity to potentially partner with Astrosat in further developing their service to sell to select existing end user clients.

Astrosat will use the information of the submission's input to determine what kind of sensor you need and get it placed onboard Teledyne Brown's MUSES platform on the International Space Station!

In association with engineering giant Teledyne Brown, Astrosat is asking contenders in the prestigious Copernicus Masters to design a new Earth observation suite of sensors which can be placed on-board Teledyne Brown's Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) platform on the International Space Station (ISS).

Do you have an idea for a holistic solution based on the combination of sensors and Copernicus data? Then turn it into reality and register for the Copernicus Masters today, before the submission ends on 18 July 2016.

Copernicus Masters
Take your chance to write your own chapter of the Copernicus Masters success story. Geared towards entrants from all over the world, the sixth edition of the biggest international competition in the commercial use of Earth observation data is on the hunt for outstanding ideas, applications, and business concepts that use such information in everyday life. Renowned partners are sponsoring prizes in seven topic-specific challenges. Along with cash prizes, the winners will receive access to a leading international network, corresponding data, startup funding, and other support valued at more than EUR 600,000 in total. Furthermore, the Top 40 of the competition will enter the unique Copernicus Accelerator programme to boost their ideas to the next level. The submission phase is scheduled to end on 18 July 2016 at


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