Past Submissions | SAEO Open Innovation Challenge

Past SAEO Open Innovation Challenge Submissions

Since 2015, four successful challenges have been run sourcing novel uses for earth observation data in South Africa. The explicit purpose of these challenges was to drive entrepreneurial activity in South Africa and promote awareness of the value of Earth Observation to a broader community for applications. These projects led to:

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    77 proposals being received for uses ranging from industries such as gaming to mining and beyond
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    An estimated 300 000 people that gained exposure to the South African space industry
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    Dozens of network relationships that were forged, both locally and internationally

2018 Submissions

The Earth Observation Scientists

The research study on crop epidemiology aims to examine the utility of integrating Sentinel-1A SAR and Sentinel-2B MSI data to more accurately and effectively map the spatial-temporal changes of intercropping, in this case study, potato crops, in the South African environment, which has never been done before.

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Centre for Geographical Information (CGA)

CGA has developed an Earth observation method for monitoring how much water is being used by irrigation. They now intend to automate the methodology so that the procedure is operationalized. The intention is to develop a geospatial online platform and/or app through which authorities can view which areas are actively being irrigated and how much water is used. The idea is that the map will be updated on a monthly interval.

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Gemini GIS & Environmental Services (GGES)

GGES aims to develop an interactive application acting as a decision-making tool that will show variations, and project crop yields. Their solution will enable the farmer access to fast, accurate and efficient plant stress identification. They will use image processing and machine learning to develop classifiers that can automatically evaluate stress severity from image data. This project is a cross-cutting tool that will inform, amongst others, decision-making in Agricultural and Infrastructural sectors.

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