Hack the Planet is an ideas competition for people from Commonwealth nations. It is run by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Satellite Applications Catapult.

They’re looking for your ideas on how to solve the challenges of our ocean with concepts that include the power of imagery, connectivity or other applications from satellites. Your ideas should relate to one of the 10 challenges set out in the Commonwealth Blue Charter.

When you enter, they just need your ideas. Over the course of the next 5 months, they will help you to shape and hone your ideas into a winning concept, which might win a prize of £10,000!

To find out more about the competition timeline and how it works, visit the ‘How it works’ page.

Anyone who lives in a Commonwealth country, over the age of 18 can enter, either as an individual or as part of a small team of up to 5 people. You can also enter as a micro-enterprise – that’s a business with fewer than 10 employees. If you have any questions about your eligibility to enter the competition, please contact the team on hacktheplanet@outsourcedevents.com before submitting an entry.

Participants in Hack the Planet 2021 can look forward to:

  • The chance to win a cash prize of £10,000 to help turn your idea into a real-life concept
  • The opportunity for virtual coaching from experts that can help support you throughout the competition
  • The chance to pitch your idea to a panel of satellite and ocean experts
  • The opportunity to network with peers, mentors, and experts
  • Worldwide recognition for your idea

Hack the Planet is a virtual ideas competition, designed to create these solutions. It is a joint initiative of the Satellite Applications Catapult and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The competition will bring together teams of people to ‘hack’ solutions, to some of the world’s biggest ocean challenges, aligning with the Commonwealth Blue Charter action areas, including eliminating plastic pollution, accelerating sustainable energy uptake, developing sustainable ‘blue’ approaches for the ocean economy and protecting nature in marine areas.