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Overview of the prize

Farming by Satellite is an EU initiative by the European GNSS Agency in cooperation with the European Environment Agency and is managed by Helios.

The aim of the competition is to promote the use of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Earth Observation (EO) in agriculture and its benefits to farmers, consumers, food security and geo-traceability, remote sensing technologies, sustainable land management, and the environment. Individuals or teams can contribute new ideas and innovations, particularly those relying upon European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), the forthcoming European Galileo system and Copernicus. Entries can be about any type of agriculture in any part of Europe. You don’t need to be a satellite specialist to take part and you don’t have to be a farmer. However, the idea you come up with must apply to agriculture, food production or land use; and it must use satellite services to provide benefits.

The competition is open to all students and young people below the age of 32 at the time of the registration deadline who are European citizens or are resident in one of the eligible European countries.

Additionally, entries from African countries (either independent or with partners from the eligible European countries) will be accepted for the 2016/2017 Prize.

The prize is open to all entries until 15th December, 17:00 CET. The winner will be announced in January 2017 and presented at the International Green Week Berlin 23rd January 2017.

The first prize is €5,000, second €3,000 and third €1,000. There is an additional €4,000 special prize for entries by or for farmers, horticulturalists and consumers on the African continent.