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Space for Planet Earth Challenge: Application Kick-off Event

May 18, 2023 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Join us during Tech Week 2023 as we kick-off the opening of the application period for proposals to this year’s space challenge. Learn about methane’s impact on climate change, and how to participate in the space Challenge as an applicant, mentor, evaluator, or sponsor. RSVP here.

The goal of the Space for Planet Earth 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 including the Philippines.

The Challenge

Using satellite data, in combination with other data sources, help develop scientific methods to identify target areas of methane emissions on Earth.

Apply and you could win up to NZ$25,000 in cash and mentorship support to further your research. The Challenge is open to individuals and teams living in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands (including the Philippines).

Proposals for a chance to participate in the online research incubator that starts in October 2023 will be open from 18 May – 31 August 2023. Teams in the incubator will submit their final applications for the Challenge by 25 February 2024 for a chance to be short-listed for the finals. Three finalists will be invited to compete for the grand prize awards for each category.

Preliminary Programme

5:00 – 5:30PM   Registration
5:30 – 6:45PM   Info Sessions (Edmund Hillary Fellowship, NZ Space Agency, Tepuna ha  Atea Space Institute, SpaceBase and more)
6:45 – 7:30PM   Networking Reception
7:30PM            End

In this Challenge kick-off event, listen to problem area and space technology experts talk about the challenges in monitoring methane emissions globally today, and how satellite data and analysis could help us understand how to solve this critical climate change problem. Learn about the requirements and process for participating in the competition. A full schedule of the event agenda will be posted shortly.

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