Global Teen Competition Adds New Component with Skybox Imaging
Satellite technology provides enhanced product insight for Spirit of Innovation Challenge participants
Houston (Sept. 26, 2012) – The Conrad Foundation and Skybox Imaging are joining forces and asking inquisitive students around the world, “If you had access to daily high-resolution satellite imagery and high-definition video of thousands of locations on the planet from space, how would you use that data to change the world?”
Through the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge high school students around the world, ages 13 – 18, create innovative products or services to solve global challenges for the benefit of humanity. Teams compete for the chance to attend the annual Innovation Summit in Houston, Texas, where they present their innovations and vie for $10,000 grants and commercialization opportunities.
As part of the partnership with Skybox, teams have the opportunity to enhance their products using the latest in satellite technology. As an incentive, one team will win a prize called the Skybox Out-of-the-Box scholarship of $5,000 and an invitation to the Conrad Foundation’s Innovation Summit.
To be eligible for the Skybox award, teams must identify ways timely satellite imagery would be used in the development of their innovative products. The competition encompasses four challenge categories: Aerospace and Aviation, Cybertechnology and Security, Energy and Environment, and Health and Nutrition. Possible satellite application samples include comparison of environments pre and post large-scale weather events, detecting vegetation change and monitoring construction.
“We believe the applications for our imagery are boundless. Leveraging Skybox technology, students have the potential to address some of humanity’s greatest challenges including environmental monitoring, disaster response and humanitarian relief,” said Tom Ingersoll, chief executive officer of Skybox Imaging. Skybox Imaging designs and builds microsatellites and software that provides customers easy access to reliable and frequent high resolution images of the earth, empowering more informed, data-driven decisions.
Team abstracts are due Oct. 24. To participate, student teams need to register at www.conradawards.org.
About the Conrad Foundation
The Conrad Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to 21st century, immersive learning, where students use their imagination and innovation to enrich their classroom studies by adding context to content The Foundation is the only organization of its kind whose programs combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship to inspire solutions for achieving global sustainability. For more information, visit www.conradfoundation.org.
Each year, the Spirit of Innovation Challenge (Conrad Challenge) gives high school students around the world the opportunity to create commercially-viable products to address issues of global sustainability for the benefit of humanity. For more information, visit, www.conradawards.org.
About Skybox Imaging
Skybox Imaging (Skybox) is a commercial, remote sensing start-up revolutionizing access to information that describes daily activity on our planet. Founded in 2009 and backed by leading venture firms, the company is designing, manufacturing, and operating the world’s first coordinated constellation of high-resolution microsatellites. With its constellation, Skybox will deliver timely, global imagery and video as well as an analytics platform capable of creating new sources of value from such data. Skybox is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and was named to MIT Technology Review’s “Top 50 Most Innovative Companies” for 2012. For more information, visit www.skyboximaging.com and follow Skybox Imaging on Twitter.