The tremendous amounts of data produced by the European Earth observation programme Copernicus and its Sentinel satellites hugely benefit science and public authorities and open the door to countless products and applications in a wide array of business sectors.
The annual Earth Monitoring competition Copernicus Masters initiated to aid visionary entrepreneurs in bringing their innovations to market.
Its CloudEO Going Live Challenge is now calling for proposals for EO-related products and services that are ready to be tested and implemented. Areas of special interest include ice detection, agriculture & forestry, oil, gas & mining, maritime, and radar applications. Entrants are invited to submit a concrete plan for using CloudEO’s ecosystem to transform partially or fully developed applications based on Earth observation data into operational commercial services. After an initial evaluation by an expert panel, the top three contestants will be rewarded with the opportunity to conduct a reality check trial at the CloudEO Living Lab along with relevant user communities and potential future customers.
CloudEO is offering a powerful cloud-based hard- and software infrastructure, access to great data, an easy-to-use collaboration platform, sophisticated streaming services, a web store as a marketing tool, and CloudEO’s coaching and matchmaking support. The best service implementation will be awarded as the winner of the Copernicus Masters CloudEO – Going Live Challenge with a prize package worth up to EUR 10,000.
The winner of the challenge is also running for the overall winner – the Copernicus Master – who will receive (along with their challenge prize) EUR 20,000 in cash and a satellite data package worth a further EUR 60,000, which is being provided with the financial support of the European Commission.
The Copernicus Master CloudEO The Going Live Challenge is open for online submission until the 13th July this year.
All winners will be announced on 20 October 2015 and recognised as part of a festive awards ceremony in Berlin.
Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen – an experienced organiser
AZO has been carrying out the Copernicus Masters competition on behalf of ESA since 2011. By leveraging its extensive experience as a specialist in building and maintaining global innovation networks and organising related competitions, the company supports product innovations and the creation of new businesses, particularly in the field of commercial aerospace applications. www.anwendungszentrum.de