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 Finalists

Discover the TOP 3 submissions to the Planet Challenge below. Please note, that finalists are presented in an alphabetically order of their submission title.

Carbon Made Simple: EO-Based Soil Carbon Quantification

Team: Stefan Gönner, Julian Kremers
Climate change is the defining challenge of our era, and nature-based climate solutions (NCS) can play a great role in tackling it. Seqana is an EO-powered analytics platform that helps relieve the burden of monitoring, reporting, and verifying (MRV) forms of NCS like regenerative agriculture and regenerative greenland management. This SaaS platform utilises Sentinel- 1 and -2 datasets along with commercial datasets from Planet to create regional soil carbon monitoring algorithms. These algorithms help farmers and NCS developers perform MRV processes at one-tenth of the cost of traditional methods. By freeing up human and financial capital, Seqana will help resolve the MRV bottleneck and democratise carbon markets around the world.

NetCarbon – Agriculture for a Better Planet

Team: Basile Goussard, Adrien Mazeau, Jean-Baptiste Pillet
Carbon sequestration is one of the cornerstones of the fight against climate change. While the plant-soil ecosystem is already absorbing almost 33% of the CO2 in the atmosphere, there is still room for improvement. NetCarbon aims to increase the carbon sequestration of the plant-soil ecosystem from the atmosphere in order to tackle global warming. The platform offers farmers a free solution for measuring and monetising the sequestered carbon on their agricultural land. The CO2 absorbed by plants is measured using Sentinel-2 and PlanetScope data and algorithms in a manner compliant with carbon measurement certification standards. The carbon sequestered by farmers can be sold to public and private sector companies working towards sustainability and carbon neutrality, which will lead to more sustainable agriculture and a better planet for all.

Rewarding Smallholder Coffee Farmers for Storing Carbon

Team: Sander Reuderink, Noura Hanna, Lodewijk van der Meer

If humanity wants to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and thereby secure our continued wellbeing on this planet, companies need to take action and not only rely on countries and governments to do the job. Six of the 10 largest global coffee brands have already committed to significantly reducing their carbon footprint. Meanwhile, almost 50% of the small-scale coffee farmers in the world live below the poverty line, with nearly 25% living off less than a dollar a day. Carble’s goal is to ensure that the coffee sector benefits everyone along the supply chain without putting excess stress on our planet.
Carble uses EO data to help global coffee brands reduce their carbon footprint by rewarding coffee farmers for storing carbon in agroforestry farms in a measurable, scalable, and cost-effective way. This means that companies can achieve their goals in both climate protection and poverty reduction by making one single investment. By 2030, Carble aims to generate USD 1 billion in extra income for one million small-scale coffee farmers.

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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

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