Event: Official launch of the Hack the Planet Competition

14 April 2021

We are pleased to announce the official launch of the Hack the Planet Competition by Satellite Applications Catapult and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The climate emergency, demonstrated through ever more damaging climatic events across the planet, has intensified the need to attack the major sustainability challenges for life on this planet.

The ocean, as Earth’s primary life support system, is central to tackling these challenges. Covering more than 70% of the planet, it is the ocean that makes this planet liveable and allows people and societies to prosper. It has continually buffered us from the impacts of rising temperatures and rising atmospheric CO 2 levels, but is now itself under threat.

Virtual ideas competition

Hack the Planet is an entirely virtual international ideas competition that will bring together ideas from diverse communities living on the front-line in facing the challenges of the climate emergency and ocean sustainability across the Commonwealth, together with the technical resources to support the innovation of new solutions.

The competition aims to stimulate discussion around the development of new concepts relating to the sustainability of the ocean, incorporating satellite data and technologies. Solutions will be aligned to the 10 action areas of the Commonwealth Blue Charter.

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Competition Highlights

  • 22nd April 2021 – Competition opens for entries
  • 21st June 2021 – Announcement of shortlisted entries
  • 1st July – 31st August 2021 – Delivery of Knowledge Exchange programme for shortlisted entrants, including training and mentorship from a range of technical and investment experts
  • 22nd September – Finalists announced
  • 14th October – Final pitch event and winners announced

For any interview requests or if you are unable to attend the event at this time and would like to watch the recording, please get in touch via [email protected]

Media contact

Name:
Josephine Latu-Sanft
Department:
Communications Division
Job title:
Senior Communications Officer

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The Commonwealth Blue Charter – Shared Values, Shared Ocean. A Commonwealth commitment to work together to protect and manage our ocean.

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