Copernicus Masters Newsletter


The Copernicus Masters competition 2016 is still open for submissions - with new challenges, renowned partners and a prize pool which doubled in value. Visionary teams and individuals from the realms of business, research, and higher education now have the chance to write their own chapter of the Copernicus Masters success story. Learn about the new Copernicus Accelerator programme and take a close look at the Astrosat End-to-End EO Challenge and the BMVI Earth Observation Challenge for Digital Transport Applications. Find inspiration from former winners and discover how they boosted their business successfully. The #CopernicusMasters is excited to receive your innovative idea!

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European Commission launches Copernicus Accelerator

Big news for this year's Copernicus Masters competition: the winners of each challenge won't be the only participants to be awarded prizes and turn their ideas into successful applications. For the first time ever, the finalists will also greatly benefit from the participation in this competition, thanks to the new Copernicus Accelerator initiative, funded by the European Commission and organised by AZO ...
The BMVI Earth Observation Challenge for Digital Transport Applications

As part of the Copernicus Masters, the BMVI Challenge is seeking novel ideas combining EO data with other geo-data sources, to take digital transport applications to the next level. The winning proposal will be awarded a EUR 5,000 cash prize and a support package tailored to the requirements of its realisation ...
Watch the Astrosat End-to-End EO Challenge Video

The Astrosat End-to-End EO Challenge, is searching for exciting new applications for Earth observation services, based on the use of custom sensors on the ISS in tandem with the datasets Copernicus provides. Watch the short explanation video and discover unique opportunities offered by the Astrosat Challenge host who was once a participant of the Copernicus Masters as well. The winner will be awarded a support package prize (valued at EUR 8,000) including business and technical assistance ...
Deep Learning Boosting Automatisation of EO Data

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of technology's current hot topics, aiming to enable machines to learn and think alike human beings. See how the automatisation of EO data is enhanced by smart and innovative algorithms and discover the according opportunities which result from this development ...
Success Stories
GAIA - Predicting Plant and Crop Diseases with EO Data

After winning the Space App Camp ESRIN 2015 and participating in the Space App Camp Barcelona 2016, the team has recently founded their company GAIA Solutions Ltd. and it partnered with the Health and Environmental Management Society (HEMS) in Nepal to use real data to train their machine learning algorithm. GAIA is continuously working on enhancing the smart learning algorithm to enable the best service possible to its clients ...
Building Radar - Data Analytics Platform for Construction Detection and Monitoring

Building Radar, awarded the winner of the European Space Imaging High-Res Urban Challenge and Copernicus Master 2015 and winner of the Space App Camp Barcelona 2016, has developed the first global satellite-based search engine for new building projects by merging satellite data, machine learning and data mining. The company is currently training its computer vision algorithms to understand artificial neuronal networks, in order to automate its analysis of building sites and the detection of respective changes ...
Smart Voice Recognition App Wave Wins Open Data Challenge in Austria

The city guide app for Vienna with smart voice recognition, Wave, was rewarded once again. Following its success in winning the Seamless Cities App Camp 2014 and the ESA App Challenge 2015, the Austrian startup, took the victory in the Open Data Challenge of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, according to the motto: "Data seeking ideas, ideas seeking data". Wave founder Patrick Wolowicz was awarded as best submission in the categories "solutions" and "traffic". To top it off Wave also won the special prize "data4people - Smart Vienna Data", sponsored by Tieto ...
Additional Opportunities
Apply Now For the Space App Camp

There are thousands of ways to enrich mobile apps with big data from space - what's yours? Enter the challenge and seize the opportunity to meet with like-minded people, create mobile applications using satellite data und gain insight into ESA's work ...
Join the #1 Space Incubator!

We seek entrepreneurs using space technologies in a non-space environment. That doesn't mean rocket science, but applies to multiple application fields. So let's see how much space is hidden in your innovative business idea! Apply now and receive EUR 50K funding ...
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