IT Challenge 2022

The Challenge is split into 7 main phases.

Time left to develop your application


Come up with an innovative concept for an application based on the use of data from Space


Dec 3, 2021 - Dec 13, 2021

First Jury made up of the Atos’ Scientific Community members selects the 18 best concepts


91 days


Dec 14, 2021 - Apr 24, 2022

18 shortlisted teams work on their app development with the help of an Atos’ coach


Apr 25, 2022 - May 23, 2022

App testing in Atos Competence Center.


May 24, 2022 - Jun 6, 2022

The 18 teams pitch their ideas in front of IT challenge team and selected SC members, down selecting 5-8 teams to present to the final jury who will select the 3 finalist teams


Jun 7, 2022 - Jul 6, 2022

The shortlisted teams pitched their ideas in front of a Final Jury who will select the 3 finalist teams


Jul 7, 2022

The 3 finalist teams are invited to join our digital Awards Ceremony

This year’s challenge is with Atos at the heart of a number of activities in space, including:

  • Satellite imagery data processing and analytics
  • Satellite operating systems
  • Satellite monitoring systems
  • Providing IT services to Space Agencies
  • Involvement in special projects such as the experiments performed by Rosetta’s Philae Lander on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

There are a wide range of topics that could be explored within this theme, including simulation, communications, analysis of existing data (both imagery and from radio telescopes), object tracking, rocketry, astronomy, astrophysics and more. Earth Observation satellite data is available from a number of sources, including the Sentinel Hub, the Copernicus Open Access Hub, Amazon Web Services and we encourage competition participants to explore the Atos Mundi Web Services Platform with Very High Resolution Satellite Imagery.

Data of this nature, acquired from space, can be used for projects on planet Earth – supporting agriculture, geographic and topological analysis, meteorology and, increasingly importantly, addressing climate change through decarbonisation.

The application of a variety of technologies and techniques can support student team investigations such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, analytics, image analysis, APIs, and platforms.

We are looking for student teams to develop a mobile or web application in the theme of space that will be of benefit to society at large.

The 18 shortlisted teams

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BITS Pilani

Hunger as a result of natural disasters has become a major worry in today's society. Food production is a delicate sector due to an exponentially growing population. Any big stumbling block could have far-reaching consequences. Natural disasters are thought to be unpredictable, yet with the correct technology, they can now be predicted in almost all…

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Alexandria University

Problem Summary: Greenhouse Gases(GHGs) from Agriculture The rapidly changing global climate due to the increased emission of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs) leads to the occurrence of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and heatwaves. The three major GHGs are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). Farmers Behavior (Anthropogenic Sources) CO2: Cultivation…

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École Polytechnique

CO2 emission and global warming is probably the biggest threat humanity (and the whole planet) has ever faced, it is already having disastrous consequences on the whole ecosystem, but also on economy and human health, and this is why a huge part of scientific research and engineering nowadays is aimed towards fighting this catastrophe, and…

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CRM platform serving the renewable energy sector

Grenoble INP - Ensimag

In order to move towards a low-carbon energy system, the countries of the European Union have agreed to reduce their CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030. This therefore encourages them to increase the share of electricity produced from renewable energy sources, mainly by investing in renewable energy and increasing solar energy production capacities. Our project,…

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Technische Universität Berlin

As one of the most important ecosystems in our natural world, forests are in great danger in the face of ongoing climate change. Fires, in particular, are responsible for the most dramatic devastation to the backbone of our natural world. Therefore, the earlier a fire is detected, the more successfully it can be fought. Furthermore,…

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LittoSat Sénégal


LittoSat Senegal est un projet permettant d'utiliser les images satellitaires , les traiter, et les analyser pour étudier l'érosion des côtes Sénégalais. Ceci nécessite donc l'usage des technologies par le biais de la télédétection (Remote Sensing).

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National University of Singapore

In the last few years, the world has seen an unprecedented damage from wildfires. A large portion of these damages can be attributed to climate change, which has proven to be a key player in escalating the risk and damage of wildfires. As trapped greenhouse gasses continue to push temperatures and increase the presence of…

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The Knowledge Hub -Coventry University

Maa, the Arabic word for water, is an essential part of our life. It is an important resource that we must protect, and our app can do so by maximizing the efficiency of irrigation systems. The app works by calculating the theoretical moisture index based on the actual location and then the app will compare…

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Institut National des postes et télécommunications

MeltedFire is a web application for wildfire prediction and real time detection that aims to help people, governments and organisations better manage and deal with wildfires using satellite imagery and artificial intelligence.

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Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Air pollution levels are rising in most of the world’s cities and the resulting health risks have long been known. In France for example, outdoor air pollution is: - 48,000 premature deaths per year ("public health France" study), or 9% of mortality in France and a loss of life expectancy at 30 years that can…

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Urban sprawl is a big problem for developing cities. The rapid expansion of these cities is causing massive traffic jams. Next to causing a lot of accidents, these jams are responsible for tons of CO2 emissions. By using satellite imagery and traffic data we want to analyze various cities around the world to develop a…

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Loughborough University

The idea will use satellite imagery data and deep learning to derive an estimate for the area and population of refugee camps over time, and then, through statistical analysis, make a comparison between the camp and a more developed town or city with an approximately equal population; the aim being to raise awareness of the…

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Loughborough University

A tool to locate optimum areas for solar farms, moving us to a greener future.

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Universidade de São Paulo - USP

Our proposal consists of a web platform to inspect and automatically detect vegetation areas that should be preserved alongside rivers using satellite imagery. Our proposal is based on state-of-the-art image classification, machine learning models, image pre and post-processing techniques to process the images with robust accuracy and still have an excellent performance. We propose a…

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Sargassum Detector

Orléans University

What is Sargassum ? Sargassum is a type of seaweed, a brown algae, that lives on the ocean’s surface and floats in large masses. Typically found in the Sargasso Sea around Bermuda, it began showing up in large quantities in the Caribbean from 2011. What is the problem ? Since 2011, periodics invasions of sargassum…

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Asia Pacific University

Satiety is a tool designed to empower government and humanitarian agencies to make swift decision in providing food aid to regions affected by famine in a timely manner. Our web-based application will predict and detect famine in a target area by monitoring crop systems using satellite imagery data.

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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

While at least 1.5 billion people are currently suffering from hunger in the world [cf. Annex 2 of the FAO Report 2012, The State of Food Insecurity in the World, and F. Dévé, 2013], many voices claim that more land will have to be put under cultivation, so that the food supply can meet humanity's…

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Tool for data analysis of pollution using satellite image data.

Loughborough University

We plan to build an accessible system that can be used to research greenhouse gas emissions in developed cities using satellite data. This tool will be marketed as a cheaper alternative to specialist software used by largely developed countries and experts. This will be a tool for city planning which will help to promote more…

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