In the News

Aug 19, 2019

Amazon and Deloitte will spearhead a search for new technologies at an inaugural event held in South Australia in September. Organizers will be looking for solutions to real industrial, social and environmental problems, particularly in the areas of Energy, Defence & Security, Health, Transportation, Smart Cities and Connectivity.

The Gravity Challenge will bring together space thought leaders and businesses across eight industries to collaboratively solve real-world problems using cutting-edge space technology and data.

To be held on September 30 in Adelaide, South Australia, participants will use Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Deloitte space capabilities to design and build solutions to real industrial, social and environmental problems.

The challenge will also kick off Space Week, which runs in Adelaide until October 4 and includes the 8th Space Forum and the 19th Australian Space Research Conference.

Registrations are now open for the Gravity Challenge in the areas of Mining & Energy Resources; Defence, Security & Military; Agriculture and Meteorology; Banking & Insurance; Telecommunications & Connectivity; Health & Life Sciences; Transportation, Logistics & Smart Cities, and; Travel & Tourism.

According to Deloitte’s Australian Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Rob Hillard, many different industries have high-value challenges that needed addressing now.

“Industries like defence, mining, insurance and agriculture are facing increasingly difficult problems today. But a lot of companies don’t know that space data and solutions can be applied to almost any industry,” he said. “So we’re encouraging businesses to put forward their most pressing issues, and let’s see if Australia’s best innovators can solve them, accelerating return on investment and creating new market offerings.”

Businesses and corporate organizations are being encouraged to sponsor problems, while entrepreneurs and researchers can register their interest in taking part in the Gravity Challenge.

In April, the $245 million the Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Satellite Technologies and Analytics (SmartSat CRC) was awarded to the University of South Australia. The unprecedented funding for advanced telecommunications and intelligent satellite systems makes the SmartSat CRC the biggest space industry research collaboration in Australian history.

SmartSat CRC will focus on advanced communications, intelligent satellite systems and next generation earth observation sensor technologies and analytics. It is seeking international companies in need of satellite solutions to their problems.

Adelaide is also home to the newly established Australian Space Agency, which aims to triple Australia’s space economy to $12 billion and create up to 20,000 jobs by 2030.

Securing the world-first Gravity Challenge event has bolstered the state’s position as a leader in Australian space endeavours. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall says the challenge will improve the way space technology and data is exploited to enhance the productivity and competitiveness across key sectors.

“The Gravity Challenge is an exciting opportunity to engage Australia’s brightest entrepreneurs, researchers and business leaders to work together on challenges across a wide range of industries using advanced satellite data,” Premier Marshall said. Through hosting this event, he is looking to increase the attractiveness of South Australia to leading entrepreneurs and researchers. “Amazon Web Services is a major global company, and the fact that we will play host to an event put on by this global giant shows where our state is heading.”