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Submit a Proposal for the GBDX for Sustainability Challenge

The United Nations (UN) has named 17 goals that will help boost sustainable development worldwide. Technology and cloud-based solutions will be a critical part of achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). DigitalGlobe, one of the world’s leading providers of high-resolution Earth imagery, data and analysis, with support from Amazon Web Services (AWS), has launched the GBDX for Sustainability Challenge. We are looking for passionate participants who can leverage machine learning and high-resolution satellite imagery for geospatial solutions that support these sustainable development goals, such as disaster response, food security, poverty elimination, and ending malaria, to name a few.

Teams should submit their concept notes by January 12 to be considered. Select teams will be awarded access to DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data platform, called GBDX, and the company’s 100 PB Earth imagery archive over the course of two months. For more information and how to apply for the Challenge, visit the website here.

Concept notes will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges from USAID, Gates Foundation, World Economic Forum, Digital Impact Alliance, and the World Bank. Check out the Q&A with the judges here.

To learn more about how DigitalGlobe and AWS work together, watch Dr. Walter Scott, CTO of Maxar Technologies and founder of DigitalGlobe, discuss how the companies innovate together during Amazon CTO Werner Vogels’s keynote at AWS re:Invent 2017.

Get Started

  • Fill out the form here to receive Challenge details and your submission application.
  • Check your email for your submission application – be sure to provide all specified information to qualify for participation.
  • The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. EST, January 12th, 2018. GBDX access will be awarded to the top teams.
  • Winning teams will be notified no later than February 1st. Any individual(s) and/or organization(s) are eligible to apply.