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The European Commission’s “Green Deal”, published at the beginning of this year, describes the ambitious goals to bring Europe to the forefront of environmental protection and in the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Against this background, this challenge encourages the submission of innovative proposals based on EU Space data that have the potential to contribute to environmental protection related to the so-called “Blue Economy”.
The key requirement is that the solutions can demonstrate “added-value” in the use of Copernicus and Galileo/EGNOS data for their development, the expected market impact and the societal benefits. The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning and Cloud Computing as supporting technologies is encouraged.
Submissions are welcome in any application field, including:
The EU Space for “Blue Economy” Challenge aims at increasing awareness of the potential EU Space data has to respond to global climate and environmental related challenges, but also to stimulate innovative projects that have the potential to open up new markets. The proposals shall prove technological feasibility.
Submissions to EU Space Data for new Business Applications Challenge will be assessed against the following criteria:
EU Space data connection
What EU Space data or inputs do you use? In case of Sentinel data, please specify from which mission. If you combine them with other data sources, please describe them.
Why is the project innovative in the sense that you use EU Space data or combine them in a way that offers a new application? Demonstrate the technical feasibility of the project.
Potential market up-take
Describe the potential or expected market-up of the solution and the future users (businesses, consumers, public authorities etc.). If you have first market experience, please describe it. Describe your business model and how you envisage the entry into commercial relations.
Demonstrate that your team have the required technical and business expertise of the team to successfully implement the project and bring it to market.
The European Commission is supporting startups under the two Space Programmes, Copernicus (Earth observation) and Galileo (Satellite 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 Challenge is set up by the new Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space.
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