Utilize Satellite Data for World Peace, Health, Education and a Sustainable Earth

Deliver brilliant innovative solutions for world peace, health, ecology, education and sustainability in the spirit of the ESA and NASA mottos ‘for the benefit of all.’
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World Challenge is an opportunity for students, academia and industry to deliver brilliant innovative solutions for world peace, health, ecology, education and sustainability.

Data Intelligence:
Incorporate satellite data or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) data to map buildings, terrain, vegetation analyses (i.e., NDVI), road status, optimum transportation and more. Find the data or generate the data, your web app for a more livable world can help us all! Think global, act local! You are entirely free to come up with exciting ways for data access, analysis and visualization.


  • Expense paid trip for top six (6) project team (two (2) person per team for teams outside Europe, three (3) persons per team for teams from Europe) and accommondation in Hotel Clarion Helsinki, the highest hotel in Finland
  • 6.000€ cash awards for top projects
  • E2MS challenge prize 3000$ + 2 team members of the winning team will be awarded with a trip to the annual conference where E2MS was born (FiRe in Utah, Oct. 9-12, 2018)
  • World Challenge jackets and T-Shirts
  • Crystal Bull Award to top teams
  • ESA logo t-shirts to qualifying teams
  • UN Certificate of recognition
  • ESA Certificates (look great framed and mounted on your wall!)
  • The winner of the challenge will be invited by ESA to present his work and discover a world of new opportunities during the Earth Observation Φ-week event in Frascati (Rome), Italy, in November 2018. The award includes a free trip (from Europe) and 5 days hotel accommodation for one person.
  • Send your cubesat design into orbit (with Space Nation Labs), value 40k€
  • Resume gold!


  • ESA
  • United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN OICT)
  • UN Food and Agriculture Association, FAO
  • Internationally recognized GIS experts
  • European Commission Joint Research Center, JRC
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (
  • Meteorological Environmental Earth Observation (

A full list of resources can be found via


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Who can create a challenge?

  • If you want to publish a challenge on the Open Ecosystem Network and get support from the community to solve your problems, you first need to be registered on the platform. Then you need to contact the Open Ecosystem Network administrator in the Community section. They will create the challenge for you. Search for “admin” in the Community section, and click on “Nokia Admin” to contact and ask for your challenge to be created.


How do I submit an answer/proposal?

  • To contribute to a challenge, first open the challenge page, and then click on the "start proposal" button on the right-hand-side. A new page will appear with different text fields to fill in and attachments to include. You can also link to an existing project you have previously created on the platform. Once you have finished, click on submit.
  • If you save as draft, your submission will not be completed and will not be submitted to the challenge owner.


What happens once I submit?

  • Once you have submitted your proposal, your ‘Challenge Submission Form’ becomes accessible by the creator or the challenge, who can see and edit your proposal. Through the challenge page, only the owner of the challenge can see the different proposals submitted against his/her challenge. It is up to the challenge owner to inform participants about decisions and potential next steps.
  • To note, when you save a submission as draft, it is not submitted to the challenge owner.


Who can see my proposal?

  • The owner of the challenge, the submission review committee, and the Open Ecosystem Network Administrator team are the only ones who can see your proposed ideas and solutions to the challenge.


What happens if my proposal is successful?

  • For each challenge, submission review and selection process is different and the responsibility of the challenge owner. If your project is selected, the owner of the challenge will come back to you with further guidance on the next steps.


What happens if it is unsuccessful?

  • For each challenge, submission review and selection process is different and the responsibility of the challenge owner. If your project is not shortlisted, the owner of the challenge will inform you using the messaging features of Open Ecosystem Network. Your proposed ideas will then be removed/deleted from challenge submissions.