The SatelLife Competition, now in its third year, is looking for innovative proposals that have the potential to use data collected from space to benefit our economy, health or the environment.
Ideas from previous year’s competition included:
- a wristband that uses satellite location data and communications services to identify the locations of swimmers and surfers in the sea
- a tool that would map change in urban areas using satellites and algorithms, identifying where building is taking place and potential sites for development.
- An app to provide information on coastal flood risks.
- Software that uses satellites and drones to help people in isolated areas who cannot access basic health care such as vaccines, birth control or medicine
Ieuan Higgs, 21, a student at the University of Reading, who has been offered a job in the space sector when he graduates since winning last year, said: "Entering the SatelLife Competition allowed me to develop my critical thinking and problem-solving skills in an interesting, challenging way.
This has certainly helped me to push forwards on my way towards finishing university and provided me with the confidence to pursue my interests as I prepare to launch an exciting career."
The competition, which is open to those aged 11 to 22 and split into three age groups, aims to support the development of science, data handling and technological skills. There are two overall prizes of £7,500 for the best individual and best team. A further seven entries from across the age categories will win £5,000, making a total prize fund of £50,000.
The judging panel will be made up of experts including representatives from the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell and industry.
Entries can be as teams or individuals and all prize winners will be able to pitch their idea to a panel of ‘dragons’ from the space sector who will offer more prizes. Over the last two years the competition winners have been offered further funding, patent advice and invitations to discuss job opportunities as well as introductions to the other relevant experts for further help.
The competition closes on 3 March 2019. Visit the SatelLife Competition entry page for more information and to apply - and best of luck!