Are You a Remote-sensing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) or UAV Drone Company? Then Enter for the €175,000 Ag-Tech Developer Challenge by the Rainforest Alliance .This is a competition to build a remote-sensing data product that links to and adds value to the mobile-enabled FDPs. Through this competition we hope to stimulate participants to create innovative ideas. Two prizes, one of €100,000 ($115,000) and one of €75,000 ($86,000) will be awarded for the best ideas to be implemented, but all entries may be considered for future engagement with the Rainforest Alliance.

The submissions will be evaluated by a high-profile panel that includes Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist of Google; Kim Frankovich, Vice President Cocoa Sustainability of Mars Inc.; Farouk Nyame, Technical Manager of the Cartography Unit in the Ghana Cocoa Board; and Daan de Vries, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer of the Rainforest Alliance. Winning this competition presents a potential avenue for future business engagement, as we aim to make the SAT4Farming services widely available through a social enterprise long after the program ends.

Submission criteria

To participate, submit a proposal that includes:

  • A remote sensing element
  • A clear link to the Adoption Observations and ability to answer FDP API request (see complementary information)
  • The title of the innovation
  • The (technical) requirements to make the innovation run
  • A high level implementation plan for the innovation
  • A business case for the innovation (including pricing and costing)
  • A short description of how you envision the future business relationship with the enterprise
  • A budget and budget allocation
  • Name and contact details
  • Maximum 5 pages
  • All material submitted must be in English
  • Send submissions to Tsmorenburg@ra.org before the 15th of March
  • Optional: Video pitch (maximum 2 minutes)

See full details about the Ag-Tech Developer Challenge

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