DigitalGlobe’s GBDX for Sustainability Challenge




DigitalGlobe and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are launching the GBDX for Sustainability Challenge to foster innovative, geospatial big data projects to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Projects can focus on any area related to the SDGs, whether its disaster response, food security, poverty elimination, ending malaria, you name it. Successful applicants will propose ideas that use DigitalGlobe’s GBDX platform and very high resolution satellite imagery to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

DigitalGlobe has opened up its geospatial big data platform, GBDX, and 100+ petabyte image library to accelerate innovation in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN has named 17 goals that will help boost sustainable development worldwide. We need passionate participants who can leverage our platform and imagery for geospatial projects supporting work in disaster response, food security, poverty elimination, ending malaria, to name a few.

Propose your ideas and how you would leverage GBDX and high-resolution satellite imagery to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. All projects are expected to share any outputs from the challenge.

How to get started:

  • Fill out the form below in the link to receive challenge details and your submission application.
  • Check your email for your submission application – be sure to provide all specified information in order to qualify for participation.
  • The deadline for submissions is 5pm EST, January 12th, 2018. GBDX access will be awarded to the top teams.
  • Winning teams will be notified no later than February 1st. Any individual(s) and/or organization(s) are eligible to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

Successful submissions will be determined by the following criteria:

  • Does this contribute to open derivatives and/or open algorithms?
  • Does this directly support the SDGs?
  • Is this an innovative use of machine learning and high resolution imagery?
  • Does the team have the necessary skills and expertise to successfully deliver on their idea within two months?

Successful submissions will be granted access to DigitalGlobe’s geospatial big data platform, GBDX, for two months. At the end of those two months, projects will be judged by the criteria above and winners will be announced on April 16th.

How to Submit your Idea

Teams should submit concept notes as pdfs and answer the following questions. To be eligible for the challenge, teams must address each of the questions. GBDX access will be awarded to the top teams who will be notified no later than February 1st. Any individual(s) and/or organization(s) are eligible to apply. Concept notes should clearly address the areas outlined below and should be emailed to Rhiannan Price at rhiannan.price@digitalglobe.com no later than 5pm EST on January 12th.

Concept Notes should include the following:

  • Project Name/Title
  • Participating Organizations/Individuals
  • Describe your project in one sentence (30 words)
  • Describe how your project will use GBDX and very high resolution satellite imagery in an innovative way (150 words)
  • What outputs will you deliver at the end of the project (data layers, algorithms, etc)? (150 words)
  • Describe how your project aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (150 words)
  • Describe your team’s technical and domain expertise to successfully implement your project idea (150 words)

Important Dates

  • Challenge Launch: November 30th
  • Submission Deadline: January 12th by 5pm EST
  • Accepted Submissions Announced & GBDX Access Provided: February 1st
  • GBDX Project Submission Deadline: April 2nd by 5 pm EST
  • Final Winners Announced: April 16th

To Register and read more: http://explore.digitalglobe.com/GBDX-for-Sustainability-Challenge.html

Source: DigitalGlobe



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