Farming By Satellite Launches Ideas Competition- CLAAS

Satellite imaging and technology can provide a considerable boost to the agriculture sector. However, very few bear an explicit knowledge of applying this technology efficiently. Further, the use of satellite technologies in the agriculture sector leads to sustainable agricultural practices.

Thereby, farming by satellite has come up with an ideas competition to escalate this process and bring the available technology into agriculture. Also, with the availability of Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus along with the support from CLAAS, farming by satellite was introduced to benefit the agriculture sector of India.

Farming by Satellite

The main goal of the competition is to generate innovative ideas that utilize satellite technology. As a result, this will boost and improve the sustainability of the agricultural sector. Simultaneously, it will aid in overcoming global problems such as feeding the growing population and the effects of climate change. 

Farming by satellite tends to bring together young farmers, trainees, and students (of IT, Mechanical engineering, and Agricultural Sciences). 

The competition brings out Innovative ideas to use satellite data  
  • Improve efficiency and resource usage
  • Support sustainable farming practices
  • Reduce the impact on the environment

Further, more details on Farming by satellite is linked here

The Contest

The contest defines the aim of “To create a new sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture solution, using Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus.” Also “Solutions must corroborate their novel method to the use of satellite data for farming. Additionally, ensure that their technical feasibility is accurate and will have a maximal impact on the farming industry”

Benefits from the Contest

The contest has 3 prizes for winners across the world, they are

  • 1st place – €5,000
  • 2nd place – €3,000
  • 3rd place – €1,000
  • Additionally, there is a special category for Africa with Prize – €1,000

Along with a paid trip to participate in the final stage of the competition. Also, every participant will receive a certificate on making it to the final stage 

Who can apply?

The competition (farming by satellite) is open to all teams of young farmers, young academics, and young professionals. Accordingly, any individual between the age of 18 to 32 years suiting the following criteria are eligible to enroll. 

  1. An individual or a team of maximum of 4 members 
  2. Every team must comprise of a team coordinator to serve as the central contact point and represent the team towards GSA
  3. No limitation on the nationality of team members, however, the team coordinator must be a Europe Union citizen
  4. To be eligible for the Special Africa Prize, the team must consist of at least one individual who is a citizen or resident of the African country 
  5. The team must not contain employees or trainees of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), European Commission (EC), European Space Agency (ESA), or to immediate family members of employees of the same. 
Documents and information required to apply
  1. All applicants must submit a copy of a personal ID document (ID card, Passport) to confirm their first name, last name, nationality, and age (date of birth). 
  2. The photos and any other personal data, should be concealed by each applicant. If such non-mandatory personal data are visible, it is an implication that the applicant has given its consent to their processing.

For detailed information regarding the terms and conditions, the document linked here

How to apply 

Visit the link here to apply for the contest on or before 15th of June 2020

The Evaluation Board will select the best applications, 

  • Up to thirty (30) teams for Europe prizes
  • Up to ten (10) teams for Special African prize

These teams will be invited to take part in the second phase and will be notified by email if qualified.


CLASS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural engineering equipment. Further, they are the European market leaders that combine harvesters and world leaders into a large product group of self-propelled forage harvesters. Also, CLAAS is widely invested in agricultural engineering globally with tractors, balers, and green harvesting equipment. Currently, they are one of the top sponsors for the Farming by Satellite.

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