Frequently Asked Questions | SAEO Open Innovation Challenge
  1. What is Innovation?

    Innovation is the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay.


    What is Open Innovation?

    Open Innovation is a cutting-edge business practice whereby companies and organisations acknowledge that they cannot employ all the smart people and experts to solve all their challenges or needs in-house. It is the process of going outside an organisation’s four walls to find or inspire new innovations, talents and technologies.


    Who is SANSA?

    SANSA was created to promote the use of space and strengthen cooperation in space-related activities while fostering research in space science, advancing scientific engineering through developing human capital, and supporting industrial development in space technologies


    What is Earth Observation Data?

    Earth observation is the gathering of information about planet Earth's physical, chemical and biological systems via remote sensing technologies supplemented by earth surveying techniques, encompassing the collection, analysis and presentation of data. Earth observation is used to monitor and assess the status of, and changes in, the natural environment and the built environment


    Who can take part in the Open Innovation Challenge?

    Private sector
    All private sector SMMEs currently involved in, or looking to enter the market by applying EOD applications

    Public sector
    All tertiary research institutes and universities seeking to access and apply EOD in research projects or for the development of novel technologies
    Any NGO looking to apply EOD to their operations


    What is a Challenge?

    A Challenge is a specific business problem defined by a solution seeker that articulates the problem, key specifications and the desired results of a potential solution. It is written into a concise and compelling 2-3 page document inviting potential solvers to respond with a proposal of their solution to the challenge.


    How is my submission/information protected?

    The information contained in your first submission is not confidential and not protected. You are therefore advised not to submit any information deemed to be confidential e.g. when first submitting/replying you might explain what your solution does and not how it does it. Simply put, you need to give enough details in your first submission for the challenge sponsor to approach you for more details. Before releasing any confidential information, both parties will sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in order to protect your intellectual property (IP) and going forward, all negotiations will be legally controlled and protected.


    Who can see my responses?

    Other users cannot see your response to a Challenge, Technology Offer or Needs. Only members of the evaluation team for a particular Challenge, publisher of the Technology Offer or Needs list,  can see your response.


    What do I do if I have further questions?

    If the questions relate to the website, contact the Webmaster but if it is related to a particular challenge, contact the Resource Team of that particular challenge. The helpdesk contact is indicated on the Technology Offer or Challenge brief.