Earth observation competition

Since 2011, the annual Copernicus Masters competition is awarding prizes to innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data.

With the launch of Sentinel-1A in April 2014, a new era is set to begin for applications in the entire geospatial value chain. It is the first of the new fleet of ESA Earth observation satellites, which are poised to deliver the wealth of data and imagery that are at the core of Europe's flagship programme Copernicus. The Earth monitoring competition Copernicus Masters aims to support the development of market-oriented applications based on Earth observation data. In 2014, for the first time, the Copernicus Masters is carried out worldwide. It includes exciting topic specific Challenges that are being awarded by an array of prominent partners, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), T-Systems International GmbH, European Space Imaging GmbH & Skybox Imaging Inc., CloudEO AG, Airbus Defence and Space & Hisdesat S.A., and Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd.

The prize pool, in addition to cash prizes, primarily includes support for the commercial realisation of the winning ideas, data access, and the chance to enter the incubation programme of one of Europe's nine ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs). The overall winner - the Copernicus Master - will be selected from among the winners of each challenge (except the Best Service Challenge) by a panel of experts.

Those interested are invited to submit their innovative ideas from 15 April to 20 July 2014.

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