EOVation Masters

Do you have an idea how to use Earth observation data?
Would you like to see your vision becoming a reality?

Do not hesitate and join EOVation MASTERS competition!

  • Complete the registration and assign yourself to the category you are interest in!
  • Try to focus on one of the stated challenges or come up with your own challenge.
  • Keep in mind that following your registration, you can contact the organiser jana.smotkova@czechinvest.org for consulting.
  • Don’t forget! The deadline for submitting your proposals is 18 February 2018

2 CATEGORIES OF COMPETITION:

Category A Business plan
Category B Project Idea
WHAT YOU CAN WIN IN CATEGORY A…
  • 2,000 €
  • Business development consultation
  • Preparation of the winner for entry into ESA BIC Prague in the form of consulting and assistance with preparing the registration form
  • Sponsorship prizes
WHAT YOU CAN WIN IN CATEGORY B…
  • 500 €
  • Internship at ESA BIC Prague
  • Consultative support for assistance with verifying the technological concept
  • Possibility to present at IAC Bremen
  • Sponsorship prizes

FOR APPLICATION TEMPLATES, RULES AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPETITION CLICK HERE

THE EOVATION EVENT IS ORGANIZED BY ESA BIC PRAGUE AND INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY CZECHINVEST WITHIN THE DATA ANALYTICS PLATFORM FOR RESILIENCE PROJECT

Category A Business plan

ARE YOU... ?

  • Over the age of 18?
  • Alone or do you have a team of 2 to 5 people?
  • young professionals, inventors, innovators, employees of academic or industrial organizations or just enthusiasts?

COMPETE!

Send us a business plan focused on how to use EO data in the intended product or service and how to succeed on the market!

KEEP IN MIND EVALUATION CRITERIA …

Don’t forget! First and foremost, your proposal must use Earth Observation data!

35% The innovative and original nature of the project
(product, service, incremental, radical and architectural, technological and organisational, business model, social innovation)
30% The validity of the economic model to generate income
(maturity of supply and demand, reliability analysis, etc.)
20% The expected benefits of the project
(relevance of the project to major social issues related to the climate change etc.) in particular in terms of creation of services and employment.
15% Viability of EO data usage concept

Category B Project Idea

ARE YOU... ?

  • Over the age of 18?

COMPETE!

Send us a concept in form of a scientific article, seminar paper, bachelor’s thesis, dissertation or technical study focused on how to use EO data in products, technologies.

KEEP IN MIND EVALUATION CRITERIA …

Don’t forget! First and foremost, your proposal must use Earth Observation data!

40% Scientific content and detail
how well has the entry described the particular approach in scientific detail, providing justification and logic for their submission
40% Originality
how original or innovative is the submitted content relative to ideas and approaches published or proposed in the past
10% Description of concept
how well has the entry described the concept in narrative format, includes readability and whether narrative is clear and concise with the text being well organized
10% Market potential
what applications author envisions and how it can succeed on the market
  • EO for water-management revitalisation   learn more…
    • • Subject 1: Use of EO data for designing natural watercourse revitalisation
    • • Subject 2: Evaluation of the success of revitalisation or, more precisely, changes in the water balance in the region using OE data
    • • Data sources: High-resolution optical data, aerial photographs or photographs from drones, old maps with the original route of the watercourse, digital terrain model, information on land cover (e.g. Riparian Zones: http://land.copernicus.eu/local/riparian-zones/land-cover-land-use-lclu-image/view).
    • • Annotation: With the gradually increasing encroachment of humans into unpopulated areas, straightening of watercourses occurred in the past in the case of both large rivers and smaller streams. The consequence of this was severe interference in the landscape and its water system, which results in ever decreasing water retention in the given region. Old maps showing the original watercourse flow prior to straightening are often used to determine the route of a newly revitalised watercourse. The objective of the work will be to determine whether OE data can in some manner contribute to revitalisation. Which landscape parameters can be monitored using OE data, and could such data be helpful with respect to this issue? For example, geological and vegetation ratios, DMT – incline, soil moisture, etc. Would it be possible in some cases to reconstruct the original watercourse on the basis of satellite images?
  • OE and restoration of damaged forest cover   learn more…
    • • Subject 1: Assessment of the restoration of forest cover in mountainous areas where forests were extensively damaged by acid rain in the past
    • • Tope 2: Assessment of the restoration of forest cover in mountainous areas where forests were extensively damaged by bark beetles
    • • Data sources: Examine whether data from the Sentinel 2 / Landsat satellites would suffice for this purpose, or whether data with better spatial resolution would be more appropriate. A longer temporal range of images will be necessary.
    • • Annotation: In the area of the Jizera and Ore Mountains, extensive air pollution occurred due to industrial development in the second half of the 20th century. A consequence of this was acid rain, which had a significant negative impact on the forests of the Ore and Jizera Mountains. Bark beetles caused similar damage in the Šumava Mountains, resulting in expansive stands of dead spruce trees. Gradual restoration of the forests occurred in both cases. Satellite images could be helpful in these areas with respect to the following questions: How extensive was the damage to the forests at the time of these disasters? How quickly and in which areas would it be easiest to restore the forest cover? Using satellite data, is it possible to select areas that are more susceptible than others to such disasters?
  • Mapping of wind-damaged forest cover using satellite data   learn more…
    • • Subject: Assessment of the negative impacts of forest disasters using OE data.
    • • Data sources: Examine whether data from the Sentinel 2 / Landsat satellite would suffice for this purpose, or whether data with better spatial resolution would be more appropriate (e.g. WorldView 2).
    • • Annotation: Using satellite images, map the extent of damage to forest cover caused by gale-force winds; windstorm Kyrill in 2007 can serve as an example in the Czech Republic. Formulate a classification process that can be used repeatedly and that can aid, for example, foresters in liquidating damage in the worst-affected or inaccessible areas.
  • Radar data and floods   learn more…
    • • Subject: Monitoring of the course and consequences of floods using radar data
    • • Data sources: Consider whether and to what degree of detail data from Sentinel 1 will suffice (especially Strip Map mode, which acquires images on request with spatial resolution of 5 x 5 metres) and when data with more detailed spatial resolution are necessary.
    • • Annotation: In comparison with optical images, a major advantage of satellite radar images is the ability to “see” through clouds; therefore, image acquisition does not depend on the weather or on the time of day. This capability can be essential during periods of strong rains preceding flooding. The objective of the work is to design a process for formulating a flood mask from radar images, in the ideal case using data with high temporal resolution, in order to see how the size of the area affected by flooding changes. Using radar data, could it also be possible to detect changes that flooding left on the landscape, e.g. mud deposits or higher soil moisture?
  • Comparison of Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2 data for a selected area   learn more…
    • • Subject: Comparison of the suitability of Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2 satellite data for the selected subject, e.g. for monitoring vegetation stress
    • • Data sources: Landsat 8, Sentinel 2
    • • Annotation: Satellites from the Landsat family have been providing images for several decades; the latest such satellite, Landsat 8, has been in operation since 2013. Sentinel 2, in orbit since 2015, does not provide such a long temporal range. However, unlike Landsat, it offers better spatial and temporal resolution, especially above Europe, as well as better spectral resolution in the so-called “red edge” area used most frequently for various analyses in the area of vegetation. Can data from Sentinel 2 be used for the same application as in the case of Landsat, and does its better resolution provide more detailed information? Can the data be combined so that both the long temporal range of Landsat and the better resolution of Sentinel 2 can be used?

  • Merging of Sentinel 2 and Sentinel 3 data for thermal surface analysis   learn more…
    • • Subject: Merging of Sentinel 2 and Sentinel 3 data for obtaining information on surface temperature in high resolution
    • • Data source: Sentinel 2, Sentinel 3
    • • Annotation: The Sentinel 2 satellite is frequently compared with the Landsat satellite due to their similar spatial and spectral resolution. Unlike Landsat, however, Sentinel 2 does not have a channel in the thermal band. Conversely, Sentinel 3 does have this, in far lower resolution – 1 km. Can these data be combined, thus gaining from them information on surface temperature in higher resolution?
  • Monitoring of wetland communities   learn more…
    • • Subject: Monitoring of wetlands and bogs
    • • Data source: Sentinel 2
    • • Annotation: Bogs are often protected areas due to the range of endangered species found in them and they are usually difficult to access. It is possible to obtain necessary information about these communities from satellite images – e.g. information on bog soil moisture over the course of a year and on individual plant communities. Are climatic changes apparent in this ecosystem, e.g. increased aridity or extreme precipitation?
  • Monitoring of droughts using satellite data   learn more…
    • • Subject: Index for monitoring droughts on the territory of the Czech Republic
    • • Data sources: Landsat, Sentinel 2, Sentinel 3, hydrometeorological data
    • • Annotation: In recent years, increasingly frequent droughts have been a significant phenomenon also in the Czech Republic, primarily in warmer areas, such as southern Moravia. The task would be to select the most suitable index for monitoring droughts in the conditions of the Czech Republic using satellite images and to create a longer temporal range on which the phenomenon of droughts can be effectively observable.
  • Mapping of the dynamics of rainforest destruction   learn more…
    • • Subject: Mapping of the dynamics of rainforest destruction using radar data
    • • Data source: Sentinel 1 and possibly other radar data
    • • Annotation: Large amounts of wood are cut and extracted from tropical rainforests on our planet every day. Furthermore, according to experts in this area, the rate of deforestation is still accelerating. The task would be to use radar images, which unlike optical data are not influenced by cloud cover, to detect deforestation in tropical areas and, on the basis of a formulated temporal range, determine how rapidly deforestation is occurring and whether the rate of deforestation is continuing to increase.
  • Other possible subjects   learn more…
    • • thermal analyses, e.g. the impact of changes in land cover on the thermal balance of the landscape

SPECIAL CHALLENGE – applicable only for Category B

Brno CubeSat

Can City of Brno launch its own satellite? Can the satellite be used to monitor climate changes in Brno and to propose new solutions how to increase the quality of living in the city?

A CubeSat (U-class spacecraft) is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that is made up of multiples of 10×10×10 cm cubic units. CubeSats have a mass of no more than 1.33 kilograms per unit, and often use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components for their electronics and structure.

Build your proof-of-concept! There are no limits!

YOU CAN WIN …

  • 10,000 CZK
  • VIP entrance tickets for SPACE EVENT and meeting with astronauts on 7th March 2018 in the planetarium
  • Support with the implememntation of the Brno CubeSat project
KEEP IN MIND EVALUATION CRITERIA …

  • Technical feasibility of the project
  • Contribution to the City of Brno
  • Demonstration of interest to realize the project
CONTACT

PARTNERS OF SPECIAL CHALLENGE ARE:

  • 18 February 2018
  • Deadline for submitting proposals

  • End of February 2018
  • Evaluation of proposals, decisions on awarding of prizes, contacting of winners

  • March 2018
  • Announcement of the results during Czech Space Week

You have the possibility to engage in the competition at any time during the three-month period beginning on 27 November and ending on 18 February 2018. During this period, you can prepare your proposals in one of two forms – category A or category B.

2 events will take place during the competition period:
- EO Training Workshop – specialised training focused on processing satellite data
- Date with mentors – meeting of registered participants with experts, where it will be possible to consult the preparation of the competing proposals

ESA BIC mentors

Follow this link: EOvation Masters - registration

Registration is not binding, but rather serves for an overview of the number of prepared competing proposals.