After re-structuring the challenge to take into consideration the most recent restrictions imposed by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the competition is open with an updated timeline and scope.
The AI Moonshot is now a Global Open Call for Disruptive Ideas, challenging participants to submit their solutions on how to leverage AI capabilities and Satellite data to address marine litter pollution.
We are open to receive proposals from research groups, individual experts, consortia or partnerships between different people or entities, including companies or start-ups, from different academic backgrounds and geographies, according to the Call for Applications.
Submissions should target plastic marine litter detection and will be evaluated on their innovative approach and technical component by a panel of international experts in the areas of Satellite Remote Sensing and Artificial Intelligence.
The team(s) with the best proposal(s) will receive up to a maximum of 500.000€ to carry out their research in the next 2 years from Portugal. Non-national teams can participate either in close cooperation with Portuguese beneficiary institutions, or by establishing themselves in Portugal.
The global competition to advance monitoring of plastic litter on a planetary scale, making use of AI and Satellite Data.
Fifty years after landing on the moon, we’re calling a new challenge — this time back home. Our oceans are drowning in waste.
Marine Litter Pollution is an urgent problem we are far from solving and only starting to understand. More than 4.8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year and most of it is unaccounted for.
At the same time, massive amounts of satellite data are being generated worldwide providing opportunities to improve health, economy and environment when leveraged with powerful tools such as Artificial Intelligence.
Make a difference
Trash in the oceans is a global problem.
Challenge what’s possible
Problems from the past need solutions from the future.
to perform research from Portugal for up to 2 years.