The UK Space Agency is offering young people expert advice and a share of £50,000 for their ideas of how satellites could improve life on Earth. The SatelLife Competition is now in its third year and aims to support the development of science, data handling and technological skills.

The competition seeks innovative proposals that have the potential to use data collected from space to benefit our economy, health or the environment. Ideas from the 2018 competition included a wristband that uses satellite location data and communications services to identify the locations of swimmers and surfers in the sea and a tool that would map change in urban areas using satellites and algorithms, identifying where building is taking place and potential sites for development.

Young people aged 11 to 22 are eligible to apply in one of three age groups: 11 to 14; 15 to 18; 19 to 22. There are two overall prizes of £7,500 for the best individual and best team. A further seven entries from across the age categories will win £5,000, making a total prize fund of £50,000. Entries may be made by a team, or as individuals. Team leaders should be in the appropriate age category and there may be a maximum of one team member up to one year older than the top of the age bracket. Where the team leader, or any team member, is under 18, the entry must be supported by parents or guardians of all participants aged fewer than 18. All entrants must be based in the UK. Entries may be submitted in any format, and the individual/team should consider the best way of presenting their idea.

This could include posters, videos, brochures or more creative mediums but should not exceed 2,000 words, or a five-minute presentation, or equivalent. All prize winners will be able to pitch their idea to a panel of ‘dragons’ from the space sector who will offer more prizes.

Over the last two years the competition winners have been offered further funding, patent advice and invitations to discuss job opportunities as well as introductions to the other relevant experts for further help. The competition closes on 3rd March 2019.

Visit the SatelLife Competition entry page for more information and to apply