Description

💎 Idea

Global warming is changing the condition for insects and plants in Europe. New insects are spreading with tourists and near impossible to counter small eggs and soil transfer. These insects enter bioregions which have no natural enemies and this can cause whole species to collapse and thus ecosystems to be seriously harmed.
These insects who are alien to these ecosystems are thus a real risk to forests, agricultural crops and wildlife as the disrupt the natural cycles.

Almanak.ai is already developing solutions for known insects for agricultural entities but now we want to focus on these alien insects, we use satellite information in combination with our AI to predict where insects can settle and thus warn regional authorities of insects invading and disrupting ecosystems.
By knowing where they can settle we can support the academic community in research as well as offering detailed information that has not been available on possible risks to natural cycles.

We are using space technology and an AI to counter alien invasions.



🛰️ EU space technologies

We use Land Surface Temperature data from the geostationary satellites Meteosat Second Generation, GOES, MTSAT/Himawari which is part Copernicus Global Land Service. It is a global 5sqm resolution dataset that gives releases hourly and contains exclusively LST data , we can monitor temperature in whole countries and notify authorities when there is a risk of insect disrupting the local ecosystems.

The data used is more precise and location specific than we can possible get from local weather stations and setting up measurements on each point is extremely expensive. Thus we can provide better data, we can monitor new locations with with immediate effect and our expenses are a fraction of current academic and governmental costs plus offering better results. We can monitor temperature with layers of notifications for insects or plants in whole countries and could have thousands of formulas for notifications without limiting the response time.
Our capacity will increase with time and our intent is to collaborate with universities to proof formulas used in insect and plant phases. This will lead to whole countries being able to monitor the living conditions of insects, plants and more with detail.
The financial implementations are significant.
Information from a EU report:
"More than 10,000 invasive species in EU, causing losses of 12 billion euro annually. According to the EEA report, 'EU funding formanagement and research of invasive alien species in Europe', over the last 15 years, despite the lack of a specific strategy or a dedicated financial instrument to deal with invasive alien species, the EU has contributed to financing almost 300 management and research projects on the issue. The total budget of projects funded under the LIFE and the RTD Framework Programmes exceeds EUR 132 million."

The costs of invasive species is increasing yearly due to climate change which changes the living conditions for plants and insects but also weakens the local flora as their living conditions will no longer be optimal.
Our prototype cost is around 42000 euros and can be completed in 3 weeks.
Our monthly development cost is around 50000 euros with a development team working on academic and business development.


🏖️ (Re)Visit Europe

We are "Exploring nature with care" tourism brings with it a lot of environmental risks. Insects can be in vehicles, under shoes, in clothing and is impossible to counter without extreme costs and work. Thus we want to monitor the tourist location where there are plants at risk and notify when the insects could migrate there.
Ecological collapse is also a direct risk to many tourist destinations as local flora supports bird watching, hiking and generally most outdoors activities. This is a serious risk and the EU is seeking solutions and thus we want to answer that call.


💪 Team 

Mörður Moli G.ott. 

Project leader, eco innovator.
This is Moli's 12 short innovation competition having been in the top 3 in over half of the competitions. His role is to find entities to collaborate with, set the project parameters and engage the innovative side of the project. Open communication and having fun while solving serious problems are his main tools for success.
Permaculture leader in Iceland, running 3 projects at the moment in the eco innovation sector.


Geoffrey Johannes    

Lead Developer    

Senior software engineer    

Over 20 years professional career as a programmer


Kristbjörg Erla Hreinsdòttir     

Bachelor degree in marketing 

Business analysis and marketing    

Known Moli since childhood and worked on multiple projects with him



Erling Mathias Staff    

Data Engineer / Computer science student    

Studying with Kristian, we have also participated in previous hackathons together


Kristian Smedsrød    

Developer / Computer science student at Oslomet   

Studying with Erling