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Digital Twin Earth

The ESA Digital Twin Earth Challenge seeks to stimulate entries that can help visualise, monitor and forecast natural, societal, economic and industrial activities and trends on the planet, paving the way for the carbon neutral economy and reinforcing Europe’s commitment to the Green Deal.

The Challenge

A digital twin is a virtual replica or a simulation of a physical system or system components. The ESA Digital Twin Earth Challenge (ESA DTE Challenge) aims to stimulate applications that can demonstrate how to derive granular and reliable information about past, present and future changes in the Earth system using Earth observation data in combination with state-of-the-art technologies such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Cloud Computing. Submissions are welcome addressing key societal challenges, including:

  • Resilient Blue & Green Infrastructures
  • Food Security
  • Climate Adaptation
  • Health and Well Being
  • Pollution Monitoring and Prevention

The submissions to this challenge will be evaluated based on the potential for technological feasibility combining these different technologies, rather than their maturity, and addressing key building blocks of the DTE.

Rewards 2021

Cash Prize
The winner will receive a cash prize worth EUR 10,000.
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 the European Commission).

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 ESA Copernicus Digital Twin Earth Challenge will be assessed against the following criteria:

Innovation

Is the idea innovative with respect to the market offer? Does it improve current products or services? Or does it deliver "breakthrough" innovation, combining new technologies, new trends, behaviours and new business models?

Copernicus Relevance

What is the role of Copernicus data? What is the connection to the existing Copernicus Services (in line? evolution? expansion?)?

Technical Feasibility

Is it technically sound and implementable at scale? Is the engineering approach credible?

Market Viability Index

Does the solution have real market potential? How many users can be reached?

Impact Index

What is the significance and potentially transformative contribution to the Digital Twin Earth Concept? How well are the key policy priority areas addressed?

About the European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. To contribute to the success of Copernicus, ESA is exploiting its 35 years of expertise in space programme development and management. While the Copernicus programme is politically led by the European Union (EU), ESA is the overall coordinator of the Copernicus Space Component and will, inter alia, ensure the uninterrupted delivery of data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and an important number of Copernicus Contributing Missions at a national, European and international level. Following the launch of Sentinel-1A on 4 April 2014, the Copernicus programme has entered its operational phase, serving users with an ever-increasing mix of satellite imagery and other data.

Contact

European Space Agency (ESA)

Anna Burzykowska
Copernicus Officer
Anna.Burzykowska@esa.int
+39 06 941 88 378

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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