BMVI Digital Transport Challenge

The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is looking for solutions that use Copernicus data to solve major challenges faced by transport systems today.

The Challenge

Solutions can solve challenges on the local, national or international level and can target any mode of transportation. Participants are encouraged to use Copernicus data along with additional data sources such as traffic information, or other mobility-related data.

Areas of interest to the BMVI include:

  • Transport infrastructure: Ensure the ongoing quality, safety and maintenance of road, rail, or aviation infrastructure
  • Environmental impact: Monitor or improve the impact of transport on the environment, such as emissions, oil dependency, or reduction of natural habitats
  • Freight transport and logistics: Develop new concepts to deliver goods as fast as possible to their destination – but also taking cost, noise pollution, and the environment into consideration

Maritime safety: Ensure or improve the efficient and safe operations of maritime transport, considering additional factors such as fuel consumption, weather forecasts, ship tracking etc.

Meet some of our previous Copernicus Masters BMVI Challenge Winners and learn about their innovative solutions (German video).

Rewards 2021

Cash Prize
The winner will receive a cash prize worth EUR 5,000.
Cloud computing
6 months access to the cloud computing platform CODE-DE and advanced training. Winners are invited to upload and publish their algorithms on CODE-DE.
Network
Access to DLR business networks
Event
Attendance and presentation at a transport related event of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) (if eligible).
ESA BIC Incubation
The winner will be able to apply for admission to an ESA BIC based in Germany. Your application will be consulted by the ESA BIC Bavaria. Upon successful approval the winner is eligible for EUR 50,000 incentive funding by ESA.
Satellite Data
Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by COM).

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2021

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2021 Overall Winner

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions to the BMVI Digital Transport Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Innovation

Does the solution present a novel/new approach to solving transport challenges?

Societal benefits

Does the solution show significant value for today’s transport systems, society and/or the environment?

Technical Feasibility

Does the solution apply Copernicus data to provide value-added services to end-users?

Commercial Viability

Does the solution have real market potential?

About the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

This challenge has been issued by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with support from the DLR Space Administration. Together with its executive agencies, the BMVI addresses issues related to transport and mobility, digital matters and spatial development in Germany. The BMVI is responsible for German participation in the Copernicus programme design along with the European Commission and other European players. It consolidates national interests and coordinates national accompanying measures.

Acting on behalf of the Federal Government, DLR Space Agency designs and implements Germany’s Space Programme, which integrates all German space activities on the national and European level. These activities include Germany’s national Space Programme and Germany’s contributions to the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). In addition, the DLR Space Agency shapes and monitors the Space topic within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Contact

German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Christiane Hohmeister
Policy officer
christiane.hohmeister@bmvi.bund.de
+49 228 99 300 6224

How to Apply

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Register to our secure database from 19 April to 19 July 2021.

Choose your partner challenge and enter all your details into the database.

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Additionally, choose a Copernicus Prize. You can pick the Prize that best supports your business case, even if that is not your country of residence.

Hall of Fame

Discover all previous winners of the Copernicus Masters!

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