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With their outstanding technological expertise and know-how, our partners represent the backbone and the ecosystem of the Copernicus Masters. The close cooperation with institutional, industrial and Copernicus Prize Partners promotes the international development of high-tech products and services on a global scale.
The 2020 Copernicus Masters Partners offer a diverse range of topic-specific challenges. Each Partner Challenge focuses on the use of EO data across a wide variety of sectors including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cloud computing, data analytics, health, smart farming, and digital transportation – to name just a few. Discover the Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners now:
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 from an important number of Copernicus Contributing Missions at 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.
The European Commission is supporting startups under the two space programmes Copernicus (Earth observation) and Galileo (Navigation), and through a number of initiatives to stimulate the development of innovative products or solutions based on EU space data. This year’s EC Challenges are set up by the new Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space.
The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) works in all fields related to the development of algorithms and data analysis systems, as well as in the practical implementation of Earth observation applications and services – from satellite data reception and near-real-time services to disaster monitoring and environmental mapping. As such, the EOC is involved in many aspects of Copernicus’s design, implementation, and operations. In determining the focal points of its research, DLR is largely guided by the demand for innovative products and services developed in close cooperation with industry entities. It also invests in promising technologies and offers its research and development capacities to partners for their own use.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017, it generated revenues of EUR 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
The Intelligence Programme Line within Airbus is the supplier of choice for commercial satellite imagery, C2ISR systems and related services. The company has unrivalled expertise in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, fusion, dissemination and intelligence extraction allied to significant command and control capabilities. Based upon exclusive commercial access to Pléiades, SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X and PAZ satellites, DMC Constellation and third-party satellites (TripleSat constellation, KazEOSat) combined with broad applications experience, Intelligence delivers an extensive portfolio spanning the entire geo-information value chain.
sobloo stems from an EU initiative (the Data and Information Access Services – DIAS) to provide open access to near-real-time data, models and forecasts, so as to foster innovation and create a European Earth observation data ecosystem enabling both research and business uptake.
The sobloo platform provides broad access to Copernicus data, as well as complementary data collections, ranging from Earth observation commercial imagery to mobile and IoT databases. Going beyond the data, sobloo offers cloud resources and a suite of tools including APIs and services not only to process data but also to create high-level thematic services that can be distributed on sobloo itself.
Supporting creative grounds, sobloo also leverages the expertise of its consortium partners (Airbus, Orange, CLS and VITO) to provide professional services at different steps of the value chain, ranging from business support or development of algorithms to the setup of billing as a service.
sobloo is uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of your business/project.
BayWa is a group with worldwide operations in the core competencies of trading, logistics and supplementary services in its three operating segments Agriculture, Energy and Building Materials and the Innovation & Digitalisation development segment. Digital Farming is geared towards the development and marketing of digital solutions for agriculture. Such solutions are opening up entirely new opportunities for the agricultural sector. As a shareholder of Vista GmbH, BayWa offers attractive satellite and model-based solutions for agricultural purposes. Together with the subsidiary FarmFacts and its high degree of acceptance and experience as a systems service provider, BayWa can already offer a wide range of innovative services today. The head office of the parent company, which was founded in 1923, is located in Munich. Its international activities focus on Europe as well as on the US and New Zealand.
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 Administration 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 Administration shapes and monitors the space topic within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
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 Administration 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 Administration shapes and monitors the space topic within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The brand-new Copernicus Prizes powered by the European Commission (EC) enrich the Copernicus Masters with up to 13 additional prizes and a double chance for participants to win. With their unique country-specific and/or local involvement, participants are able to receive the innovation advantages and support of their preferred country, region or institution.
Check out the 2020 Copernicus Prize Partners below:
Since 2020, the Copernicus Masters has also been supported by a network of Regional Associates. Each associate is tasked with sharing information about the innovation competition to their local networks. Meet the 2020 Regional Associates below:
The Copernicus Masters has been scouting for the most forward-thinking applications based on Earth observation since 2011.
Seize the opportunity and become a member of our international innovation ecosystem: Become a Challenge Partner or a Copernicus Prize Partner to the Copernicus Masters innovation competition!
As a Challenge Partner, you will implement your own challenge addressing a specific topic towards the participants of the competition. You will be able to discover innovations from all over the world that are adapted to your Challenge request. Award a prize for your own topic-specific challenge and achieve various benefits.
Are you interested in becoming a Challenge Partner? Just get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ms Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen will contact you as soon as possible.
Discover the most innovative solutions in your region by launching a Copernicus Prize. As a Copernicus Prize Partner you do not offer a specific challenge but instead attractive and tempting prizes co-funded by the European Commission (EC). All of the participants in the Copernicus Masters have to choose one Copernicus Prize that best supports their individual business case. This offers you the possibility to attract the most pioneering entrepreneurs for your region by offering, for instance, a cash prize, marketing activities, a mentoring or coaching programme and any other kind of support you can provide.
For further information on the Copernicus Prizes, please visit regions.galileo-copernicus.com
Become a Copernicus Masters Partner and discover innovative solutions from all over the world. As a Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners you have the opportunity to create your own Challenge that tasks participants with tackling a topic of your choice. By setting a Challenge, you gain exclusive access to a unique set of innovative solutions that use partner technologies and address specific business needs.
By awarding your own topic-specific Challenge within the Copernicus Masters, you benefit on three levels:
The world’s leading Earth observation community is ready to help you.
Copernicus Prize Partner are an integral part of our Earth observation network. They are our local connection in countries all around the world and ensure that participants from all corners of the globe have access to the fantastic opportunities offered by Copernicus Masters.
Join the Copernicus Masters as a Copernicus Prize Partner and benefit from the following:
We are constantly expanding our network of Regional Associates, contact us today.
We look forward to discussing your next business opportunity with the Copernicus Masters Network.
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