Take part

Eligibility

The competition is open to all students and young people below the age of 32 at the time of the registration (Born after 07th September 1986) who are citizens of, or resident in any of the following countries:

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Topic

The aim of the prize is to promote the use of the European implementations of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Earth Observation (EO) in agriculture. We’re looking for new ideas and innovations, particularly those relying upon European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), the forthcoming GALILEO system, or Copernicus.  Entries can be from individuals or teams, and be about any type of agriculture. Entries must therefore clearly demonstrate how the use of GNSS EO is either ...

a) already realizing significant benefits to users or
b) could enable new innovative services in the near future.

Particular attention should be paid to the additional value offered by EGNOS in providing a free-to-air higher accuracy augmentation to Global Positioning System (GPS) and the new European Galileo satellite service started at the end of 2016. Note also that EGNOS extended eastwards towards Central Europe during 2012. Galileo will provide global coverage.

Copyright and publicity

The purpose of the competition is to serve as a conduit for ideas and sharing best practice, rather than attempting to commercialise ideas. For this reason, winning entries will be made available for public viewing.

To the extent that you own any intellectual property rights in the idea included in your entry, those rights will remain your property. You must also clearly state in your entry if the development of your idea requires access to any third party’s intellectual property.

By entering the competition, you grant to the organisers a non-exclusive irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and feature your winning idea in all media throughout the world in relation to the competition.

You agree that if your entry is awarded a prize you will participate in related publicity and grant the use of your name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the competition, without additional compensation.

The prize

The winning team/individual will receive a cheque for €5,000, payable to the nominated beneficiary on the entry form. Second and third placed teams/individuals will receive cheques for €3,000 and €1,000 respectively.

Each shortlisted team will receive an expenses paid trip to Marseille (France) to compete in the final stage of the competition. The results will be announced during a Space Solutions Conference. The organisers will endeavour to fast track the payments, but it is likely to take several months from the award announcement.

Judging the competition

  • An independent panel of judges will assess the competition entries and select the winners

  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • The deadline for receiving entries for the competition is final. No entries received after the given date will be considered.

  • The GSA does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries due to the Internet or postal service. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

  • No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.

  • You agree that under no circumstances will the Farming by Satellite Prize, or any of its organisers, sponsors or partners, be liable to you for any cost, expense, loss or other claim of any kind arising directly or indirectly out of your entry to or otherwise in connection with this prize.

  • This competition is not open to employees or contractors of the GSA, any person directly or indirectly involved in the GSA, Helios Technology Ltd or the running of the competition, or their direct family members.

  • The GSA reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

  • Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.

  • This competition is administered by Helios Technology Ltd on behalf of the GSA.