Submissions opening soon for 2024.

Complete the form below and we will send you a link with the submission form to complete in order to enter the 2022 Earth Observation Challenge.

The Africa Earth Observation (AEO) Challenge is an annually run open innovation challenge that has been sourcing novel space technologies since 2016.

Earth observation can be defined as the gathering of information about the physical, chemical and biological systems of the planet via remote-sensing technologies. It is used to monitor changes in natural and manmade environments.

This is the seventh iteration of the challenge, which aims to drive entrepreneurial activity in the African space industry and promote awareness of the value of Earth Observation to a broad community. 


Submission from businesses in any and all industries are encouraged, as long as they meet the following criteria :


The Challenge is open to businesses across the African continent


All submissions must demonstrate a clear application of EOD.

The 2023 AEOC aims to identify innovative applications of space-based data across seven thematic areas, with climate change and navigation & positioning as cross-cutting areas.

Also included for consideration, across all thematic areas, is innovative data collection techniques. These include upstream technologies like new satellites, onboard processing units and innovative in-situ measurement

The 2023 thematic areas include: 

Climate change;  disaster risk reduction;  energy and minerals;  sustainable urban/rural development;

ecosystem services;  food security and agriculture; and satellite navigation. 

To find out more about the cross-cutting themes and sectors, click here.

Past entries can be found here.


Early stage funding/angel investor ready businesses (*TRL 8/9 and *BRL 1/2/3 )

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) [Download] 

Business Readiness Level 1/2/3 (BRL) [Download]

How to enter for the challenge?

Follow the below steps:

step 1

Download the detailed submission form [here] and complete it.

step 2

Complete the online submission summary form [here] and upload the completed detailed submission form to it.

step 3

Submit the online form (with the attached detailed submission form).