Applications are now open for the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge 2020 by Copernicus Masters. BayWa is looking for innovative solutions that use new technologies, ideas, and products to support sustainable agriculture and horticulture.
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.
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!
- Cash Prize of 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-organizations networks.
- Access to field trials in multiple countries (if eligible).
- Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by EC).
- Additional Prize: Extra EUR 10,000 Cash Prize if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2020 Overall Winner.
The challenge is open to innovative solutions that use new technologies, ideas, and products to support sustainable agriculture and horticulture. The applicants can be from anywhere around the world.
Submissions to the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:
- Innovation: 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?
Interested candidates can register online for the challenge by clicking here. The last date to apply is June 30, 2020.
For further details, click here.
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