Fight Earth's problems

with AI & Space Tech

Win 500k
Join the #AIMoonshotChallenge

Submissions are now closed.

Fight Earth's problems
with AI & Space Tech

LET’S USE AI TO COMBAT
CLIMATE CHANGE

Win 500K
Join the #AIMoonshotChallenge

Submissions are now closed!
The first worldwide competition to combine AI and emerging space technologies to find solutions for the detection, location and monitoring of maritime waste on a planetary scale.

LET’S USE AI AND EMERGING SPACE TECHNOLOGIES TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

LET’S USE AI TO COMBAT
CLIMATE CHANGE

Participate in the first worldwide competition to combine AI and emerging space technologies to detect, locate and monitor maritime waste on a planetary scale.
The first worldwide competition to combine AI and emerging space technologies to find solutions for the detection, location and monitoring of maritime waste on a planetary scale.

PARTNERS

The AI Moonshot Challenge is live!

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 CHALLENGE

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.

Win €500k

to perform research from Portugal for up to 2 years.

TIMELINE

STAGE 1
The Competition
July 2020 - 9 October 2020
Teams develop and submit their proposals.
STAGE 2
The Selection
9 October 2020 -
15 November 2020
International panel of experts will evaluate each proposal and select the best teams.

STAGE 3
The Finals
Websummit '20
(2 - 4 December)
Top teams are invited to pitch their proposals and the winning team(s) is announced.
STAGE 4
The Development
2021
Winning team(s) develop their research from Portugal for a period of up to 2 years.

How to apply to the
AI Moonshot Challenge

1. Download our Open Call for Proposals to get all of the details (including eligibility and evaluation criteria).

2. Build a team and discuss your most innovative ideas
(reach out if you need support in partnering up with organisations).

3. Craft a proposal according to the Call guidelines.

4. Submit your application by emailing your proposal (PDF) 
including the signed letters/declarations of commitmentto moonshot@ptspace.pt until the 9th of October.

5. Wait for evaluation results and start preparing a pitch
(top proposals will be invited to pitch their projects).

Good Luck!