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The Competition

The 2019 winners are announced!

On 4 December, the Awards Ceremony of the Copernicus Masters and Galileo Masters took place in Helsinki, Finland as the festive highlight of the EU Space Week 2019. The winners of all Challenges as well as the Overall Winner were awarded live on stage.

The Copernicus Masters is an international competition that awards prizes to innovative solutions, developments and ideas for business and society based on Earth observation data. Big data produced by Earth observation holds huge potential for the creation of innovative products and services.

 A wide variety of industries and areas of public interest stand to profit from the advances of the Copernicus programme.

AZO launched the Copernicus Masters in 2011 on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and with strong support of world-class partners as part of their mission to foster the User Uptake of Copernicus services.

The Copernicus Masters has developed into the moving force promoting cutting-edge solutions. Annually, different prize categories tackle global challenges with revolutionary competition entries in the fields of agriculture, energy, health and digital transport – just to name a few.

Key Facts

> 1,300

Completed ideas since 2011


> 3,300

Registered participants

> EUR 450,000

Prize Pool 2019


> 50

Countries worldwide


> 200

International Experts



Our 2019 challenges offered great opportunities to solve important problems faced by business and society together with our world-class partners. From smart farming to sustainable finance, there was a challenge for everyone! Discover the challenges below.

Copernicus Masters ESA Challenge

ESA Copernicus 4.0 Challenge

ESA is looking for solutions that reflect the upcoming “golden era” in Earth Observation by demonstrating how new trends in EO can work together with the traditional EO satellites.

Copernicus Masters DLR Challenge

DLR Environment, Energy & Health Challenge

DLR is looking for innovative ideas that use EO data to drive the sustainable management of our limited natural resources and foster humanity's well-being.

Planet Challenge

Planet "See Change, Change the World" Challenge

Planet is looking for new solutions that solve important sustainable development challenges faced by today’s population.

Copernicus Masters BayWa Challenge

BayWa Smart Farming Challenge

BayWa is looking for innovative solutions that use new technologies, ideas and products to support sustainable agriculture.

Copernicus Masters Astrosat Challenge

Astrosat Thermal Impact & Energy Challenge

Astrosat is looking for new solutions that use Copernicus data to clearly identify the overconsumption of energy in urban areas.

AIRBUS & sobloo Challenge

Airbus sobloo Multi-Data Challenge

Airbus and sobloo are looking for solutions that use both Sentinel and Airbus EO data to deliver value-added services for specific communities and markets.

German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

BMVI Digital Transport Challenge

BMVI is looking for solutions that use Copernicus data to solve major challenges faced by transport systems today.

Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Copernicus Masters Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is looking for solutions using Copernicus data that solve social, cultural, or environmental issues and generate a positive return to society.

Prizes worth > EUR 450,000

Participants have the chance to win prizes with a total value of more than EUR 450,000 in 2019.

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“[...] the Galileo Masters and the Copernicus Masters are a proven platform for trendsetting technologies and business models based on Galileo and Copernicus to implement the new EU Space Strategy.”
Elzbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
"Having my idea scrutinised by the Copernicus Masters expert jury was very valuable. It not only help to precisely define the business concept, but also encouraged me to start a business."
Dr Mark Matthews, founder of CyanoLakes (Pty) Ltd.
"The Copernicus Masters is a unique opportunity to present your project to the international Earth-observation community, engage with experts, and make some valuable new contacts."
Paul Indinger, Managing Director of Building Radar GmbH
"The Copernicus Masters has proven to be the breeding ground for many successful business concepts and societal benefits.”
Dr Thomas Beer, Copernicus Policy Coordinator, European Space Agency (ESA)
"The Copernicus Masters is an excellent way to promote the Copernicus concept and foster the innovative use of data to meet the challenges of global change while benefitting the environment and mankind."
Dr Hubert Reile, Programme Director Space Research and Technology, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
“The Copernicus Masters is the innovative driver for future-oriented applications and business concepts using Earth observation data. This creates socio-economic benefits through public services all over Europe. Besides, it supports business ventures and high-tech jobs in Europe’s digital economy,”
Josef Aschbacher, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes

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