BayWa Smart Farming Challenge

BayWa is looking for innovative solutions that use new technologies, ideas and products to support sustainable agriculture and horticulture.


Stay tuned! One of these finalists will become the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge winner!

ClearSky Vision: Upto date cloudless optical satellite imageary
One of the main obstacles in satellite imagery is the presence of clouds, which limits the capability to make observations and ultimately to take optimal decisions – especially in missions with long revisit times. Moreover, since cloudless conditions depend on the seasons and are not spread evenly throughout the year, periods of low or no data availability can extend for a significant amount of time.
ClearSky Vision addresses these problems by integrating data from various missions (Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, and more) and using a novel neural network architecture to predict urban and landscape changes underneath cloud cover. This will allow for more consistent and frequent retrieval of parameters and indices that are crucial to improved time-series analysis and anomaly detection, with particular benefits for new and existing solutions in the farming sector.

Morten Fjord Pedersen

Create a Custom AI Model for Agriculture
Customisation is key when creating monitoring and predictive solutions for agriculture because each region has a different climate and soil, which affects the way crops grow. Until now, customising solutions was complex, human expertise was necessary, and few companies could afford it. The advancements in AI and big data now allow for a new way to create these solutions with an unprecedented level of customisation.
The SpaceSense platform enables customers to create monitoring and predictive solutions based on AI and satellite imagery, and to customise them for their own regions. The solution performs this process in hours instead of months and without the need for experts. Furthermore, it can be integrated into existing software via an API. Based on a mix of satellite data (Sentinel-1 and -2) and ground information, this platform will offer crop health monitoring solutions, yield and prescription maps, irrigation management solutions, and more.

Sami Yacoubi

The Challenge

As the global population continues to grow every year, so too does the demand for agricultural products. To continue feeding the world without damaging the environment is one of the greatest challenges faced by society, and can only be achieved by increasing the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production. BayWa invites submissions that look to tackle this challenge by combining satellite data with other data sources in an innovative and commercially viable way.
BayWa is particularly interested in new ideas that combine satellite data and Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning. Furthermore, BayWa is looking for new ideas that support the following application fields:

• Pasture Management
• Early Crop Disease Identification in Agriculture and Horticulture
• Yield Prediction in Horticulture

Do you have a Smart Farming idea that doesn’t fit the above? BayWa encourages you to enter it as well!

Prizes 2020


EUR 5,000


Mentoring package from BayWa, FarmFacts and Vista, including support with scientific and commercial expertise, developing a go-to-market strategy, and identifying sales channels


Access to BayWa sales platforms and customers through NEXT Farming


Access to BayWa agri-business and agri-organsation networks


Access to field trails in multiple countries (if eligible)

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 EC)
Extra EUR 10,000 Cash Prize if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2020 Overall Winner
Additional Prize


Submissions to the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:


Does the solution demonstrate a new/novel approach to Smart Farming?

Earth observation

Does the solution use Earth observation data to bring added-value to end-users?

Technical Feasibility

Can the technical element of the solution be used in a commercial context?

Commercial Viability

Does the solution have real market potential?

About BayWa

BayWa is a group with worldwide operations in the core competencies of trading, logistics and supplementary services in its three operating segments Agriculture, Energy and Building Materials and the Innovation & Digitalisation development segment. Digital Farming is geared towards the development and marketing of digital solutions for agriculture. Such solutions are opening up entirely new opportunities for the agricultural sector. As a shareholder of Vista GmbH, BayWa offers attractive satellite and model-based solutions for agricultural purposes. Together with the subsidiary FarmFacts and its high degree of acceptance and experience as a systems service provider, BayWa can already offer a wide range of innovative services today. The head office of the parent company, which was founded in 1923, is located in Munich. Its international activities focus on Europe as well as on the US and New Zealand.


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