Competition Kick-Off: GMES and Africa Incubation Challenge

Starting August 20, 2021 - Ending August 20, 2022


The GMES and Africa Incubation Challenge, a partnership with Cloudport Limited, Wazihub and HUBiquitous is a competition that targets teams/individuals who have a keen interest in building sustainable solutions using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IOT) and Big Data that will impact the marine and coastal spaces. The Challenge is directed at developing a positive innovation culture in the maritime domain as well as building partnerships with innovative startups and individual enthusiasts.


The challenge is open to all from any African country. Applying teams/individuals can focus their solutions on the following domains in the industry as well as any other marine/coastal related domain that may not be listed below:

  1. Solutions for Big Data in Ocean Observation
    1.  Data storage
    2. Cloud storage and computing
  2. Solutions for Biodiversity and Conservation
  3. Curbing trade of endangered species
  4. Policing and surveillance of protected areas, Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSA), conservation areas (boundaries/flora/fauna)
  5. Fish/Shell fish identification
  6. Algae (micro and macro) identification
  7. Avifauna diversity and abundance assessment
  8. Marine fish or mammals behaviour studies using acoustics
  9. Turtle watch with night vision cameras
  10. Physical parameter measurements for ecological studies and monitoring mining activities in rivers, etc.
  11. Marine litter detection
  12. Sediment load in coastal systems and small water bodies
  13. Ballast water and invasive species
  14. Water quality assessment
  15. Video monitoring of fish activity/health
  16. Automatic fish feeders
  17. Water level monitoring
  18. Automatic aerators
  19. Trip metrics and duration of fishing
  20. Areas fished, location monitoring
  21. Shallow water insitu ocean parameter measurement
  22. Seafood traceability and fish catch tracking
  23. Electronic estimation of fish catch
  24. Detecting light fishing
  25. Tracking and geofence alerts for lake and river navigation
  26. Mangrove and other coastal vegetation monitoring
  27. Avifauna and game monitoring
  28. Disseminating ocean state information
  29. Body tracking devices for fishermen
  30. Solutions for Insitu Environmental Measurements
  31. Solutions for Marine Pollution Monitoring
  32. Solutions for Aquaculture Development
  33. Solutions for Fisheries Management and Small Vessel Monitoring
  34. Solutions for Safe Inland Water Transport and Navigation
  35. Solutions for Coastal Vegetation and Biodiversity Assessment
  36.  Solutions for Safety At Sea


The challenge runs from 9th August 2021 till 5th November 2021 through different stages which include:

  • The Application and Selection period;
  • Virtual Training Stage;
  • Bootcamp Stage (In-person); and
  • An Awards ceremony


Due to the in-person nature of the Bootcamp Sessions, applicants must be willing to travel during this phase of the challenge (Terms and Conditions Apply)


The winning teams will earn cash prizes:

  • 1st place - $ 5000
  • 2nd place - $ 4000
  • 3rd place - $ 3000

Additionally, products developed by the winning team will be showcased at the continental level under the auspices of the African Union Commission.


The partners who will be responsible for the successful implementation of the GMES and Africa Innovation Challenge are as follows: Global Monitoring for Environment and Security & Africa, University of Ghana (GMES), CLOUDPORT, Regional Marine Centre, WAZIUP, HUBiquitous.

For more information about the Incubation challenge, reach us via email;


The deadline for application is 27th August 2021, 11:59:59pm GMT.