About the challenge

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What is the 2019 NZ aerospace challenge?

 

Agritech is a $4.6B global industry. New Zealand’s Agriculture industry is world renown for food production but currently has very little share of the overall agritech market. With global warming and increasing world population, it is imperative to find alternative ways of sustainable farming methods to increase production while minimizing its impact on the environment.

 

A major concern today is the water pollution resulting from agricultural activities, including effluents, fertilizers, and pesticides.

There are also issues involving soil health, leaching, soil erosion, sediments, and runoff from logging. Innovation and new technologies that could be developed as a result of the Challenge would have long term implications for NZ.

Today’s exponential technologies from space based remote sensing to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies have revolutionized the agritech sector. It is the goal of the Challenge to leverage these technologies to find new and innovative solutions to current NZ agriculture Challenges today.

Why enter the NZ Space Challenge?

Space has been known as the final frontier for some time. With the rise of the technological revolution and innovation it is now more accessible to leverage for challenges back on Earth. Likewise developments in UAV technologies are opening up possibilities for use of automated, AI enabled, and efficient solutions to different industries.

By entering the NZ Aerospace Challenge, you will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of the technological wave which is upon us.

New Zealanders are pioneers. Interested to get in as a first adopter/inventor into the aerospace race? This is your chance.

 
 
 

The ten finalists will receive:

  • Access to co-working space (at least three months) and start-up advisory support

  • All applicants will be invited to join the SpaceBase collaborative online platform

The overall winner of the New Zealand Aerospace Challenge will receive:

  • A cash prize of $50,000

  • Support to commercialise your idea or business start-up establishment

  • Support from industry and Challenge partners.

  • A minimum of six months free access to a co-working space in Christchurch to further develop and maximise your ideas for commercial potential

 

Judging Criteria

All applications will be judged according to the following six criteria (10 points each):

  • Use of Space and UAV Technology — Leverage space/UAV technology to solve problem

  • Technical Feasibility, Safety and Rigor — Based on scientific principles and method.

  • Innovative Solution — Novel and new idea

  • Market Viability — Clear business case or plan for execution. Plan is easy to implement, adopt and scale.

  • Environmental Impact — Maximum positive impact and benefit to society at scale

  • Prototype — Practical demonstration of solution to the Challenge

Applicants will receive additional points for the following four criteria (2 points each):

  • Evidence of impact within 3 years

  • Collaboration with multiple stakeholders

  • Creative integration (from other technologies, etc.)

  • Team composition for execution

Requirement — Applicants must adhere to NZ regulations for UAV operations.

 
 
 

Sustainable agritech

 
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Agritech is a $4.6B global industry. New Zealand’s Agriculture industry is world renowned for food production but currently has very little share of the overall agritech market. With global warming and increasing world population, it is imperative to find alternative ways of sustainable farming methods to increase production while minimizing its impact on the environment. Innovation and new technologies that could be developed as a result of the Challenge would have long term implications for NZ.

 

Today’s exponential technologies from space based remote sensing to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies have revolutionized the agritech sector.

It is the goal of the Challenge to leverage these technologies to find new and innovative solutions to current NZ agriculture Challenges today.

 
 

Agricultural pollution detection and control

 
 
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A major concern today is water pollution resulting from agricultural activities, including effluents, fertilizers, and pesticides. There are also issues involving soil health, leaching, soil erosion, sediments, and runoff from logging. Today, monitoring agricultural pollution s labour intensive and provides limited data.

 

Some research programs today are using satellite imagery or use a combination of remote sensing wavelength bands to detect different kinds of pollution.

There is also potential for hyperspectral sensors to detect pollution. These sensors are being flown on aircraft, with some experiments on UAVs, as well as being prepared for spacecraft. Opportunities for leveraging both satellite and UAV data and sensors to improve detection of agricultural pollution is the focus of this challenge.

 
 

prequalification ends 15 april 2019

 
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