South Australia secures national tech, space and data innovation challenge

Stephen Kuper

Adelaide will play host to a world-first technology innovation hackathon, which will see the space community and businesses across a variety of high-growth industries join forces to solve real-world problems using cutting-edge space technology and data.

South Australia secures national tech, space and data innovation challenge
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The Gravity Challenge will coincide with Space Week 2019, being held in Adelaide from 30 September to 4 October, which also includes the 8th Space Forum and the 19th Australian Space Research Conference.

This is another major coup for South Australia’s burgeoning space scene.

Registrations are now open for the Gravity Challenge, driven by global giant Amazon, as well as Deloitte, which brings together entrepreneurs, universities, government and businesses to design and build solutions to real industrial, social and environmental problems, using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Deloitte space capabilities.

Premier Steven Marshall said securing the Gravity Challenge stems from recent discussions with Deloitte during a trip to Washington, DC.

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"The fact that South Australia will play host to this world-first event is a testament to our vibrant space sector, and bolsters our position as a leader in the nation’s space endeavours," said the Premier.

"The challenge will improve the way we exploit space technology and data to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of key sectors of our economy, including mining, defence, transport, logistics, health, telecommunications, tourism and agriculture."

Deloitte’s Australian chief strategy and innovation officer, Rob Hillard, said many different industries have high value challenges that need addressing now.

"Industries like defence, mining, insurance and agriculture are facing increasingly difficult problems today. But a lot of companies don’t know that space data and solutions can be applied to almost any industry," Hillard said. 

He added, "So we’re encouraging businesses to put forward their most pressing issues, and let’s see if Australia’s best innovators can solve them, accelerating return on investment and creating new market offerings."

Businesses and corporate organisations are being encouraged to sponsor problems, while entrepreneurs and researchers can now register their interest in taking part in the Gravity Challenge here

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