GeoPitch: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Are you a young professional interested in tackling sustainability challenges using remote sensing technologies? If so, we have an exciting new competition for you! IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society is pleased to introduce the “GeoPitch: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Remote Sensing” competition, designed to challenge participants to develop innovative and effective solutions to pressing environmental issues.

The competition will take place in an elevator pitch format, with participants having only one minute to capture the attention of judges with their innovative ideas. All students and young professionals attending IGARSS 2023 are eligible to participate.

The topics for proposed solutions can relate to deforestation and forest degradation, climate change, agriculture and food security, water resource management, natural disaster response and management, urbanization and land use change, and energy resource management. However, this list is not exhaustive – we welcome all innovative ideas related to leveraging remote sensing technologies to tackle sustainability challenges.

To enter, simply submit an abstract of 400-500 words that clearly describes the problem at hand, why it’s important to tackle that problem, current practices used to solve the problem, the proposed solution, and how it aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Entries will be evaluated based on

  • The clarity and innovation of the idea
  • Relevance of proposed solution with sustainable development
  • Cost-effectiveness and reproducibility of the proposed solution
  • Generalizability of the proposed solution from local to global level

After Phase I, 10 innovators will be selected to compete in the Phase II which will take place live at IGARSS 2023.

Three winners will be selected by the judging panelists based on the criterion mentioned above, and awarded cash money of 500$, 300$, and 200$ and certificates. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcase your innovative ideas to bring your solutions to life! Submit your abstracts by June 17  2023, through this form.

If you have any questions about the competition, please send us an email at

Timeline of the competition

By June 17, 2023: Abstract submission via Google Form for Phase I of the competition. 

June 23, 2023: Announcement of selected innovators for Phase II.

July 16-21, 2023: GeoPitch live competition and announcement of the winners.