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 latest Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contest – Urban Growth in Africa – with
a focus to observe change detection and growth of urban area, see the official Contest page
and the results below.
All the scripts that were submitted to the Contest in Spring 2019 were classified in one of the categories below and
added to the GitHub (see results below for direct links).
The winners of the contest were announced during
the Living Planet Symposium in Milan on
May 15th 2019 and informed by e-mail the day after.
The authors of the best scripts won attractive prizes, and the author of the overall best script got an invitation to
visit the European Space Research Institute (ESRIN), home of ESA’s center for
Earth Observation, to discuss his script with experts in the relevant fields.
European Space Agency (ESA), in coordination with
the European Commission, has launched a special edition of the Custom Script Contest, focused
on the support of space assets during the COVID-19 crisis, managed by Euro Data Cube
group. Following a similar format, but further to looking for new algorithms, we were in the quest for ideas on how
satellite data could help monitor and mitigate the situation after the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. During the
Contest (from 6th of April to 31st of May 2020) we have received many interesting ideas and proposals from remote
sensing experts, machine learning scientists and the interested public.
The best ideas were presented to the European Commission in the context of the dossier ESA is preparing
on space as a support to Covid-19 situation in the EU. Read more about the winning scripts of RACE Upscaling Competition
in one of our blog posts.
Results of the Third Custom Script Contest
The third Contest started on 4 August 2020 and ended on 30 November 2020. All entries were judged by a jury of
experts on functionality and usefulness, as well as possible commercial potential.
Results of the Fourth Custom Script Contest - Urban Growth in Africa
This special edition of the Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contest started on 3 May 2021 and ended on 5 September 2021. The objective of this activity was 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 were looking at was 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 Planet PlanetScope. Participants explored the depth and detail of so much commercial data and dense time series over a long period available for one location.
The winning entries will be highlighted on our Sentinel Hub Blog in coming weeks. So, stay tuned!
Best Custom Script
The award for the best custom script went to the Regione del Veneto team: Niccolò Tolio, Andrea Semenzato, Umberto Trivelloni, Silvano De Zorzi, Daniele Piccolo, Mirko Frigerio, Alessandro La Rocca.