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App developers needed for space project

ESA is inviting twenty Android and iOs app developers to a space app camp.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting, for the fifth time, 20 developers to a location in Italy for an intense space app camp. This event will be held from September 12.19, 2016 in Frascati, Italy. The objective is to create a variety of apps based on varied earth observations from the Copernicus programme.


The themes include; agriculture, environmental protection, lifestyle, tourism and health, smart cities and transport and logistics. ESA will provide access to satellite data for the development of Mobil applications in the Android and IOs operating systems. A dedicated API will allow developers to integrate satellite data into their apps.


Participation in this project is open to adults with or without experience integrating earth observation data into apps. They must belong to one of the following countries; the ESA member states, countries involved in the Horizon 2020 programme and states participating in the Copernicus Space Component.


Participants will chose the topic of their preference and apply individually or in groups of two or four. Eventually, the selected aspirants will form groups of four. After one week, the participants will present their project to a jury, who will decide on the winning team and present the cash prize of 2,500 euros.

Travel expenses and accommodation

The selected participants will be contacted around mid-August to organize travel itinerary and hotel bookings. Since this is an invitation from ESA, the programme is free of charge and the agency will pay for all travel and hotel expenses with full board. At the headquarters in Italy, ESA will provide working settings with internet and access to satellite data.

Registrations will open from June 1 to July 22, 2016 and the selected participants will be notified from August 7-14, 2016. App developers are expected to arrive at their hotels on September 11, 2016 and develop their apps from September 12-19, 2916, leaving the camp on the last day-Sep 19, at the headquarters.

App developers are expected to bring their own wireless devices.