Daily Change Challenge

Planet​ ​is​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​new​ ​solutions​ ​that​ ​monitor and act​ ​on​ physical ​changes to the earth as​​ observed​ ​via satellite data. Solutions should use both Planet and Copernicus data to provide value-added services or insights to industry. To do this, participants will have free access to the Planet Platform, which provides imagery from both PlanetScope satellites and Copernicus Sentinel-2. Solutions should be commercially viable and proven​ ​with​ ​a​ ​working​ ​prototype​ ​over​ ​more​ ​than​ ​one​ ​area ​of​ ​land. The most compelling solutions​ ​will​ ​provide insights that have the potential to​ ​disrupt ​their​ ​market​.

​Markets of particular interest to Planet are:

  • Finance​ ​&​ ​Business​ ​Intelligence:​ ​​Build​ ​predictive​ ​analytics​ ​based​ ​on​ ​change​ ​detection e.g. ​crop​ ​yield, ​​oil inventory, ​disaster​ ​impact. ​
  • Energy​ ​&​ ​Infrastructure:​ Use daily change detection to monitor assets, understand industry competitors, or assess and mitigate disaster.
  • Civil​ ​Government:​ ​​Understand changes in​ ​urban​ ​growth​ ​or​ ​monitor​ ​natural​ ​disasters, ​​food​ ​and​ ​water​ ​security, or the ​local​ ​environment​. ​
  • Forestry:​ ​Analyse​ ​forest​ ​health by monitoring daily changes in​​ illegal​ ​logging​ ​and​ ​forestry​ ​operations.
  • Mapping:​ ​​Increase​ ​map​ ​accuracy​ ​with​ ​frequent​ ​imagery​ ​updates.

Each​ ​participant​ ​that registers for the Planet Daily Change Challenge will​ ​have​ ​free​ ​access​ ​to Planet’s​ ​global​ ​imagery and an API key​ via the Planet Platform ​for​ ​the​ ​duration​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Challenge. ​This​ ​includes documentation​ ​to​ ​assist you with​ ​building​ ​solutions​ ​based​ ​on​ ​your​ ​analysis​ ​of​ ​the​ ​imagery. Register directly with Planet for your free access: www.planet.com/CopernicusTrial


How to Participate


Planet​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​the​ ​winner​ ​with​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​finalise​ ​their ​solution​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​it​ ​to​ ​market. ​​This​ ​includes the​ ​following​ ​prize​ ​details:

  • 6 months free access​ to ​Planet’s​ ​Application​ ​Developer​ ​Program (ADP) that includes access to Planet’s daily data over​ ​relevant​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​land​ ​(up​ ​to​ ​150k​ ​sq.​ ​km)​, with a commercial value close to EUR 1​ ​million​
  • Sales support for the winner when their solution is customer ready and where relevant, integration into Planet’s regular sales efforts
  • Technical and business consulting from Planet during the 6-month ADP phase
  • Exclusive commercial​ contract for Planet imagery once the first customer is identified
  • Access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme (if eligible)


Submissions ​to the​ ​Planet​ ​Daily​ ​Change​ ​Challenge​ ​will​ ​be​ ​assessed​ ​against​ ​the​ ​following​ ​criteria:

  • Innovation: Does the solution propose something more than an imagery browser?
  • Planet Connection: Does the solution use both Planet data and Copernicus data to create added-value for end users? ​​​
  • Industrial Application: Can the solution be used to solve real challenges faced by businesses today?
  • Commercial Viability: Does the solution present a viable business model that considers the cost of operations and Planet imagery?


Founded​ ​in​ ​2010​ ​by​ ​a​ ​team​ ​of​ ​ex-NASA​ ​scientists, ​Planet​ ​is​ ​driven​ ​by​ ​a​ ​mission​ ​to​ ​image​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​Earth every​ ​day, ​and​ ​make​ ​Earth’s​ ​changes​ ​visible, ​​accessible​ ​and​ ​actionable.

Planet​ ​started​ ​as​ ​a​ ​small​ ​team​ ​of​ ​physicists, ​aerospace​ ​and​ ​mechanical​ ​engineers​ ​in​ ​a​ ​garage, ​using​ ​the cubesat​ ​form-factor​ ​to​ ​inform​ ​the​ ​first​ ​designs​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Dove​ ​satellite. ​Just​ ​three​ ​years​ ​after​ ​their​ ​first​ ​satellite entered​ ​space, ​Planet​ ​now​ ​operates​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​constellation​ ​of​ ​Earth-imaging​ ​satellites…ever.

Their​ ​satellites​ ​are​ ​collecting​ ​a​ ​radical​ ​new​ ​data​ ​set​ ​with​ ​endless,​ ​real-world​ ​applications.​ ​Whether​ ​one is measuring​ ​agricultural​ ​yields,​ ​monitoring​ ​natural​ ​resources,​ ​or​ ​aiding​ ​first​ ​responders​ ​after​ ​natural​ ​disasters, Planet’s​ ​data​ ​is​ ​here​ ​to​ ​lend​ ​businesses​ ​and​ ​humanitarian​ ​organisations​ ​a​ ​helping​ ​hand.​ ​Planet​ ​believes​ ​timely, global​ ​imagery​ ​will​ ​empower​ ​informed,​ ​deliberate​ ​and​ ​meaningful​ ​stewardship​ ​of​ ​our​ ​planet.