Help track large marine debris from space

Satelite overlooking ocean

The AI Moonshot Challenge is a global competition developed in partnership with the European Space Agency to detect, locate and monitor maritime waste on a planetary scale.

There are an estimated 250,000 metric tons of plastic floating on the surface of the ocean



  • Participants are supplied with AI tools and supercomputing resources
  • Winners receive a prize of 500K to continue to conduct research for two years
  • Participants are also asked to submit solutions
  • Open to individuals and teams around the world


  • The project is based in Portugal, so if you win you'd have to move there to carry out the further research!

Making a difference

The challenge aims to combine massive sources of data from a range of different sensors, and spectral wavelengths, including Earth Observation Data, to identify maritime waste along the water column.

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