Copernicus Masters Background

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

The Copernicus Masters is looking for new applications in Earth observation (EO) addressing a wide area of application fields. EO and big data from space offer great potential for the creation of innovative products and services for business and society. With the expansion of the Copernicus Space Component every year, new prize categories enable solutions that tackle global challenges.

Since 2011, almost 3,300 participants from over 70 countries have taken part, and the organisers have selected and rewarded over 100 winners with approximately 4.3 million Euro. Previous winners have demonstrated the Copernicus Masters’ ability to foster the development of value-added downstream services in various service domains of the Copernicus programme and stimulate economic growth, especially in Europe.

As part of the ESA Business Incubation programme (at ESA BIC Bavaria), AZO also offers space for innovation in areas that are already shaping the future – the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, smart cities, and renewable energy, for example. Both in the competition and at the ESA BIC, the competition organisers a seeing a growing interest in the commercialisation of Copernicus services and are confident that this will continue as further Sentinel satellites are launched.