MagQuest webinar: Technical considerations for Phase 2

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Challenge experts will share best practices on July 24

Join this webinar to hear from MagQuest judge Dr. Arnaud Chulliat (University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA/NCEI) and Dr. Mark Moldwin (University of Michigan’s Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering). They will discuss key considerations for solvers developing Phase 2 submissions.

This webinar will include a deep dive on magnetometer technologies, potential sources of data interference, and examples highlighting best practices.

This webinar is the second in a series of three Phase 2 webinars. The first webinar, held on July 10, provided an in-depth orientation to Phase 2 of the competition. Subscribe to the MagQuest newsletter to receive a recording of the July 10 webinar and an invitation to the final webinar.

About MagQuest:

MagQuest is a $1.2 million global competition to advance how we measure Earth’s magnetic field. This open innovation challenge is designed to attract new ideas to increase the efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of geomagnetic data collection for the World Magnetic Model (WMM). With MagQuest, NGA is inspiring solvers to apply their expertise to a wide range of potential solution areas.

  • In Phase 1, MagQuest sought concepts that proposed novel methods or technologies that may provide sufficient data for the WMM. The challenge awarded $200,000 to 10 Phase 1 winners.

  • In Phase 2, MagQuest seeks detailed designs and plans for data collection methodologies, including a concept of operations, a description of expected performance and potential risks, and an overview of potential future program management. Phase 2 is open to solvers from Phase 1, as well as new solvers who did not participate in the first phase of the challenge. Phase 2 submissions are due by August 28, 2019.

At NGA’s discretion, additional phases of the challenge may follow Phase 2. These phases, if executed, are anticipated to award an additional $2.5 million in cash prizes plus potential nonmonetary incentives.

To learn more about entering the challenge, visit

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