Space tech innovators to solve worldwide Industrial, Social and Environmental problems in GRAVITY Challenge

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Space tech innovators to solve worldwide Industrial, Social and Environmental problems in GRAVITY Challenge

02 April 2020: From outback Australia to Luxembourg, this year’s GRAVITY Challenge will connect innovators to world changing problems such as varied as climate change, marine conservation, healthcare supply chain management and urban traffic flow.

GRAVITY Challenge is a global technology innovation program that uses space technologies including satellite imaging and the internet of things to solve real world problems happening on Earth today. It connects innovators, entrepreneurs and universities with businesses and governments with real world challenges to solve, using space enabled data, technology, and capability.

Registrations open today for space tech enthusiasts, to express their interest in solving challenges from one of the 12 organisations across the globe, participating in the third round of GRAVITY. With a further global expansion, GRAVITY is inviting participants from Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Luxemburg, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and the Czech Republic, making it one of the furthest reaching space innovation programs globally.

Gravity HQ is hosted at the Lot Fourteen innovation precinct in Adelaide, the epicentre of Australia’s space industry, supported by the South Australian Government and home to the Australian Space Agency.

South Australian Space Industry Centre Chief Executive Richard Price said the South Australian government was proud to support the GRAVITY Challenge 03.

“It is great to be supporting GRAVITY Challenge through this fantastic event in 2021 as it continues to grow and expand into more countries across the globe,” Mr Price said.

“South Australia has well and truly cemented its place as a leader in the nation’s space endeavours due to our thriving space ecosystem of private enterprise, research and educational institutions, co-located with the Australian Space Agency and now, the new Australian Space Discovery Centre and Mission Control Centre.

“We are committed to ensuring that Australia takes its place as a global leader in space through developing new space technologies and attracting international attention and investment.

“Supporting events such as GRAVITY Challenge, which engages with space experts from across Australia, Europe and the UK is just one vital part of building those important international relationships for future collaboration.”

Deloitte Australia Head of Innovation Jason Bender said there is growing momentum in Australia’s space technology industry and global collaboration is bringing some of the greatest minds and innovators to the table to provide solutions on world changing problems.

“This year the challenge has expanded even further and participants from Japan, USA and Central Europe are now on the GRAVITY journey,” Mr Bender said.

“We’re expecting to see some deep and innovative thinking about solutions to global issues from sectors as diverse as Agriculture, Healthcare, Transport and Utilities.“Gravity Challenge is about creating an environment for innovators from the space ecosystem to grow new ideas to complex problems and potentially create new jobs to boost economies across the world.

“It’s not just pie in the sky stuff, it brings valuable and innovate thinking to solve real world problems across a multitude of sectors. The global pandemic has highlighted just how important it is to be future focused in times of crisis.”

Advanced earth observation analytics and intelligence provider Ozius Pty Ltd was a winning innovator GRAVITY 01, proposing an AI-enabled analytics solution for a major power utility to enable a full vegetation growth risk analysis to dramatically reduce inspection costs and environmental risks.

Ozius Founder and Applied Solutions Lead Alisa Starkey said GRAVITY is unique in the space sector as it connects space technology providers such as Ozius with real problems and commercial challenges.

“This greatly assisted Ozius to test our offering with potential customers and ultimately help us accelerate our research and development,” Mrs Starkey said.

“The opportunity to pitch our products and services with potential customers is invaluable. Fortunately for Ozius we had the opportunity to test this in a real-world scenario. Ozius is proud to say the partnerships and opportunities we gained through GRAVITY are still going.

“In the current climate building connections and engaging with potential customers is challenging, GRAVITY overcomes this by leveraging the vast networks, and the deep experience of Deloitte and the GRAVITY stakeholders to bring the space ecosystem together with those innovative and forward-looking organisations looking to solve critical business challenges.”

GRAVITY Challenge is supported by Deloitte, AWS, Government of South Australia, South Australian Space Industry Centre, Australian Space Agency, Agrifutures, Geoscience Australia, Australian Space Data Anaylsis Facility, Lot Fourteen, Airbus, Land Services SA, Maxar, Pivotel, Southern Launch, Saber Astronautics, SmartsatCRC, xOrigin, Satelitte Applications Catapul and Stone & Chalk.

Participating countries this year include Australia, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Luxemburg, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.

**Full list of challenges for GRAVITY 03 below.

Register Your Interest for GRAVITY 03 Now

GRAVITY Challenge is now looking to recruit Innovators to solve this round of challenges. If you are a start-up, scaleup or high growth business interested in solving these challenges and accelerating your business, please register your interest visit: gravitychallenge.space/register

**Full list of Challenges

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