GBDX for Sustainability Challenge

We are opening up our geospatial big data platform, GBDX, and our 100+ petabyte image library to accelerate innovation in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Challenge

The UN has named 17 goals that will help boost sustainable development worldwide. We need passionate participants who can leverage our platform and imagery for geospatial projects supporting work in disaster response, food security, poverty elimination, ending malaria, to name a few.

Propose your ideas and how you would leverage GBDX and high-resolution satellite imagery to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. All projects are expected to share any outputs from the challenge.

How to get started:

• Fill out the form below to receive challenge details and your submission application.
• Check your email for your submission application - be sure to provide all specified information in order to qualify for participation.
• The deadline for submissions is 5pm EST, January 12th, 2018. GBDX access will be awarded to the top teams.
• Winning teams will be notified no later than February 1st. Any individual(s) and/or organization(s) are eligible to apply.


Sarah Antos

World Bank

Io Blair-Freese

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nishan Degnarain

World Economic Forum

Syed Raza

Digital Impact Alliance

Carrie Stokes


Fill out and submit the contact form below to receive your submission application.


Important Dates:

• Challenge Launch: November 30th
• Submission Deadline: 5pm EST, January 12th
• Accepted Submissions Announced: February 1st
• GBDX Project Submission Deadline: 5 pm EST, April 2nd
• Final Winners Announced: April 16th

Successful submissions will be determined by the following criteria:
• Does this directly support the SDGs?
• Does this contribute to open derivatives and/or open algorithms?
• Is this an innovative use of machine learning and high-resolution imagery?
• Does the team have the necessary skills and expertise to successfully deliver on their idea?

Successful submissions will be granted access to DigitalGlobe’s geospatial big data platform, GBDX, for two months to test their project concepts. Projects will be judged by the criteria above and winners will be announced on April 16th. Winners will have the opportunity to showcase their work at a World Bank hosted event in Washington, DC.