Planet "See Change, Change the World" Challenge

Planet is looking for new solutions that help save our planet by fostering EO data and derived products which promote the European Green Deal.

The Challenge

Planet’s Challenge is looking for creative solutions that use Planet and Copernicus data to address objectives of the European Green Deal. Below are examples of the topics of interest for the challenge.

Biodiversity, i.a.

  • Detecting negative deforestation trends
  • Understanding the impact of heat and drought stress on ecosystems
  • Providing solutions to link biodiversity to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including for sustainable tourism

Sustainable food systems, i.a.

  • Ensuring more sustainable food systems that guarantee nutritious, affordable, and safe food with minimum use of pesticides and fertilisers and minimal greenhouse gas emissions
  • Addressing carbon sequestration in agriculture
  • Providing urban farming solutions
  • Proposing sustainable fishing solutions

Please don’t limit yourself to these use cases!

Rewards 2021

Free Planet Data for Non-Commercial Purposes
Six months of free access to Planet’s data with a value of 125k EUR over chosen areas for PlanetScope and SkySat imagery products (for R&D/technical evaluation purposes only). The winner can choose between the split of the Monitoring, Basemaps and Archive data required.
Technical Coaching
Six months of technical coaching from Planet.
Business Coaching
Six months of business coaching from Planet.
Trip to Planet’s Explore Conference in San Francisco
Fully paid (flights, hotel, conference fee) trip for two to Planet’s customer conference in 2022, including the world class opportunity to present and network with thought leaders in the geospatial industry.*

*In case a physical conference is not possible to be organized due to global pandemic, the winner will get a spot to present during the virtual event.

Satellite Data
Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by COM).

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2021

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2021 Overall Winner

Evaluation Criteria

The Planet Challenge is looking for commercially feasible solutions with a high potential impact and a strong technical underpinning.

It is highly recommended that participants use Planet data in a trial before submitting a proposal:

Climate and Environmental Impact

Does the solution contribute to solving climate and environmental challenges, specifically contributing to the European Green Deal?

Creativity and Innovation

Does the solution solve a new problem or in an innovative way, with application of Planet data?

Commercial Viability

Does the solution present a viable business model that considers the cost of operations and Planet imagery?

Planet and Copernicus Connection

Does the solution use both Planet data and Copernicus data to create added value?

About Planet

Founded​ ​in​ ​2010​ ​by​ ​a​ ​team​ ​of​ ​ex-NASA​ ​scientists, ​Planet​ ​is​ ​driven​ ​by​ ​a​ ​mission​ ​to​ ​image​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​Earth every​ ​day ​and​ ​make​ ​Earth’s​ ​changes​ ​visible, ​​accessible​, ​and​ ​actionable. Planet​ ​started​ ​as​ ​a​ ​small​ ​team​ ​of​ ​physicists, ​aerospace​ ​and​ ​mechanical​ ​engineers​ ​in​ ​a​ ​garage, ​using​ ​the cubesat​ ​form-factor​ ​to​ ​inform​ ​the​ ​first​ ​designs​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Dove​ ​satellite. ​Just​ eight ​years​ ​after​ ​their​ ​first​ ​satellite entered​ ​space, ​Planet​ ​now​ ​operates​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​constellation​ ​of​ ​Earth observation​ ​satellites. Their​ ​satellites​ ​are​ ​collecting​ ​a​ ​radical​ ​new​ ​data​ ​set​ ​with​ ​endless,​ ​real-world​ ​applications.​ ​Whether​ ​one is measuring​ ​agricultural​ ​yields,​ ​monitoring​ ​natural​ ​resources,​ ​or​ ​aiding​ ​first​ ​responders​ ​after​ ​natural​ ​disasters, Planet’s​ ​data​ ​is​ ​here​ ​to​ ​lend​ ​businesses​ ​and​ ​humanitarian​ ​organisations​ ​a​ ​helping​ ​hand.​ ​Planet​ ​believes​ ​timely global​ ​imagery​ ​will​ ​empower​ ​informed,​ ​deliberate,​ ​and​ ​meaningful​ ​stewardship​ ​of​ ​our​ ​planet.


Planet Labs GmbH

Dr Agnieszka Łukaszczyk
Senior Director – European Affairs
+32 498 562 814

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