ESA App Challenge winner 2013 founded Ramani and reaches for the stars

Valentijn Venus and his team won the ESA App Challenge 2013 with their innovative approach, combining crowdsourcing with Earth observation data. He developed the winning application together with his team as participants of the App Camp 2013. After completing the App Camp and submitting Cheetah to the ESA App Challenge 2013, Valentijn Venus and his team were announced as the lucky winners of the ESA App Challenge.

This triumph proved to be a door-opener to engage and receive contracts with global player ESA and leading driver of innovation based on space technologies AZO. In the following two years, Valentijn Venus programmed an application programming interface (API) for the App Camps and will also provide an API for this year's App Camps.

After Valentijn Venus founding Ujuizi Holding B.V., he now took his capabilities to the next level and founded Ramani. It is a subsidiary of Ujuizi Holding B.V. and the first spin-off of the University of Twente's Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. Ramani's name originates from the Swahili word for 'map'. And for good reason: Ramani's API framework for iOS and Android enables developers to integrate maps in their Apps easily, making stringent visualisations of Geo-information available for their users. In order to enable client-based interaction, an array of charts is returned as PNG-images or Scalable Vector-Graphics (SVG).

Its service makes it possible for developers of smartphone apps to put focus on maximising the capabilities of their apps, by avoiding unnecessary ground work on web-mapping concepts, as well as map presentation mechanics. Ramani's aim is to supply up-to-date, accurate and easily accessible information, by tapping into Copernicus - Europe's ambitious Earth observation programme -. Ramani is a subsidiary of Ujuizi Holding B.V., which has the objective to accelerate mobile technology in Bottom of Pyramid (BoP) markets.

ESA App Challenge
It is part of the leading innovation platform for commercial Earth observation applications: The Copernicus Masters, seeking solutions for business and society which involve Earth observation data. The ESA App Challenge is one of the various challenges of the competition that is awarded by ESA - as a renowned, long-standing initiator and partner - and organised by AZO Oberpfaffenhofen.

Copernicus Masters
Earth observation and the big data it produces hold huge potential for the creation of innovative products and services. Myriad industries and areas of public interest stand to profit from the advances of the Copernicus programme. On behalf of ESA, Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) and its world-class partners launched the Copernicus Masters in 2011 as part of its mission to foster user uptake of Copernicus Services.

This international competition annually awards prizes to innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. Since its inception, the Copernicus Masters has evolved into a unique global initiative for Earth observation by bundling a wide variety of knowledge and expertise. The submission phase for the 2016 edition will run from 15 April to 18 July.

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