Remote sensing is making its way into more and more applications and fields. Tools like the Sentinel Hub EO Browser with its custom scripting allow all people to browse, analyse and visualise satellite data in almost real-time.
Together with our partners, the Euro Data Cube (EDC), the Copernicus EU Earth Observation programme and the European Space Agency we are looking for new and innovative ideas and scripts. Therefore, we have organised a series of the Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contests starting with the first one in Spring 2019 and following with the second one in Winter 2019/2020. In April and May we organised a special edition of the Contest - the Covid-19 Custom Script Contest. Its aim was to help the world facing huge challenges getting back to ‘normal’ after the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. The success of the series motivated us to continue with the third edition of the Contest in Summer 2020. To learn more about the results of our previous contests, visit the Past Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contests page.
This special edition of the Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contest started on 3rd May 2021 and will end at midnight on 25th July 2021. The objective of this activity is to demonstrate the power of a deep multi-temporal and multi-resolution data cube combined from Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Landsat. The area of interest we are looking at is Africa. To make it even more interesting, we have selected Dakar, Senegal, and loaded it with even more data - Airbus Pleiades and SPOT, Maxar WorldView/GeoEye provided by European Space imaging, and PlanetScope. Take this opportunity to explore the depth and detail of so much commercial data and dense time series over a long period available for one location.
We want the Contest to be completely open. Therefore, all the submitted scripts will compete under one common category no matter which data collection (Sentinels, Landsat, commercial data, etc.) the scripts use. We are particularly interested in scripts for monitoring change detection and growth of urban areas.
You don’t have the skills to create a script? No problem, create a Story then!
If you need some help and instructions on how to get started with custom scripting for the EO Browser we suggest you read:
If you are new to the custom scripting, we would suggest that you check out our friendly Custom Script Tutorial, which will guide you through the first steps and help you create simple custom scripts. For more information, watch also our webinars on Custom Scripts and Multi-Temporal Scripts and Data Fusion.
We will award the best three custom scripts as follows:
All winners will also get an opportunity to highlight their winning scripts in the Sentinel Hub blog, advertised by Sentinel Hub and ESA.
A special prize will be awarded to the best written story making use of the EO data by a professional Journalist.
In addition to the above, another special prize will be awarded to the best Pin Story, which can also be a combination of a Pin Story and custom editing, i.e. combining several pin stories (locations) or bringing in other material. We would specially like to encourage the beginners and students to give it a try and submit their Pin stories.
The Pin Story and the Story by a professional Journalist will be judged differently. We want to see you use EO data available in the EO Browser, but the priority will be the story itself. In this case, writing a new custom script is not necessary, you can also use integrated visualisations as well as already existing scripts.
The Contest is open worldwide, with the exception of Iran and North Korea.
In addition to the general description of the script, the following information is required:
By participating in the Contest, the participants confirm that they have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions of the Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contest as well as with the Sentinel Hub’s Terms of Service.
We are especially interested in the scripts covering one of the following:
Please note that if your script is a really cool one and does not meet the above guidelines, we will still consider your script and evaluate it under the same conditions as the rest.
In order to support participants, we provide a range of tools suitable for each skill level.
To create your pin story, you can either use open satellite data collections, including Sentinel-1 GRD, Sentinel-1 CARD4L, Sentinel-2, and Landsat 8, or even high-resolution commercial data collections such as Pleiades, SPOT, PlanetScope and WorldView/GeoEye data (available over Dakar, Senegal). If you would like to get access to high-resolution data, you will need a Sentinel Hub account. See this page for more information about a free Sentinel Hub trial account and descriptions of dedicated data collections for the Contest.
Note that you can also select other areas in Africa to display your pin story, not just Dakar. While we only provide the high-resolution data over this specific location, you can show your pin story over other areas with the open data collections mentioned above.
EDC team will provide each participant with access to a complete processing environment:
Note that you can select other areas in Africa to display the functionality of your script, not just Dakar. While we only provide the high-resolution data over this specific location, you can demonstrate the functionality of your script over other areas with open data collections. See descriptions of dedicated data collections for the Contest here.
To get access to EDC tools you will need an EDC account. If you don’t have one yet, do create a free trial account here (and accept the EOxHub terms and conditions).
Register for the Contest by filling out the registration form. Completion of the form is mandatory for all entrants who would like to submit their custom scripts or pin stories. Read more about how to get started here.
If you are a journalist and you would need access to commercial data collections for your written story, you also need to register.
To submit a custom script, pin story or written story, you need a Gmail account. If you don’t have one, a new Gmail account can be created by following the instructions published here. With a Gmail account you can submit your script, pin story or written story by filling out the forms available at the following links:
Amanda O'Connor is a graduate from the University of Colorado with an M.S. in geology. She studied cross correlation of AVIRIS hyperspectral imagery and Landsat data for High Plains Vegetation Analysis in her thesis. Following graduation, she worked at Stennis Space Center on calibration projects, sensor noise simulations, and the commercialization of remote sensing. After her stint in Mississippi, she headed west to Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology based at Stanford University working for Greg Asner on tropical ecology projects using AVIRIS, Landsat, Hyperion, and LiDAR. There she became an expert at vegetation remote sensing and using imagery to extract robust scientific results combining multiple data sources. She has been with Harris Geospatial for 15 years in a variety of roles supporting government, commercial, and educational customers working on hard to solve remote sensing problems. Amanda took a brief break in 2019 and joined Teledyne Brown Engineering as the Director of Geospatial Solutions 2019 to support the DESIS hyperspectral mission on the International Space Station. She served as an IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Distinguished Lecturer. Her latest spectral passion has been with marine debris detection and using spectral imagery in aquatic environments, but really any project which can be enhanced with spectral data will find her scheming a solution.
An Exploitation Engineer for European Space Agency - ESA’s Earth Observation programme, developing new applications for images taken of the Earth.
Douglas Mbura is the CTO of Nairobi-based location Intelligence consulting company Geo-Appsmith. With a background in Environmental Engineering and 7 years of experience in GIS & Remote Sensing he is dedicated to building simplified solutions that provide meaningful insights. His current focus is on deploying intuitive solutions that meet the needs of under-served communities.
Edward Boamah works as the Technical Manager for Digital Earth Africa, where he supports institutions and countries within Africa to make use of the Earth Observation data for impact and decision making.
Head of Remote Sensing and GIS at 4M-Analytics, a sub-surface utility mapping company. His skills are satellite and aerial imagery interpretation and analysis, as well as long-term surface trends, landcover and landcover change delineation, and a general interest in anything that can be observed from above, natural or man made.
Dr. McCarty is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA and has more than 15 years experience in applications of remote sensing and geospatial science to quantify wildland and human-caused fires, fire emissions, air quality, climate, agriculture and food security, and land-cover/land-use change. She is a NASA-funded PI and author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 data citations, and 1 NASA Technology Transfer. Dr. McCarty has worked with international teams in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Rwanda, including as a technical expert in climate smart agriculture for the UN Environmental Programme's Climate and Clean Air Coalition and via NASA Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Sciences projects.
Krista West is a San Diego State University/University of California, Santa Barbara Joint Doctoral Program student. She uses remote sensing technologies and imagery to learn more about landscapes and communities at risk of wildland fire. She is passionate about finding ways to help first responders.
Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Sinergise
Wim Zwijnenburg is project leader Humanitarian Disarmament at the Dutch peace organisation PAX and is contributor to the open-source investigative journalism collective Bellingcat. His works focusses on environmental monitoring of armed conflicts through earth observation and open-source data collection to work towards improving humanitarian response and policy solutions on environment, peace and security. He is big fan and avid user of Sentinel Hub’s platforms since its genesis to demonstrate the utility of open earth-observation data for a wider audience and how this can empower affected communities, journalists and researchers in environmental monitoring.
How can I get access to commercial data that I can use for the purpose of this Contest?
When and how will I be informed about results?
Can I base the script on a publicly available research paper?
Do I need to subscribe to Sentinel Hub to participate in the Contest?
My script stops working after it becomes too long.
I am more interested in sharing knowledge than a monetary prize. Should I still participate?
Can I submit scripts that just look nice?
If I do not win the prize, will my script still be added to the Custom Script repository?
I have submitted a script but now I want to correct it. What should I do?
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See also Terms and Conditions of the Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contest for more details.