Copernicus Masters 2014 Competition - 15 April - 13 July 2014

The Earth Monitoring Competition 2014 is now open for submissions - with a prize pool worth well over EUR 300,000. In 2014, for the first time, the Copernicus Masters is carried out on a worldwide basis.

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Copernicus Masters 2014 Competition

The Earth Monitoring Competition 2014 is now open for submissions - with a prize pool worth well over EUR 300,000.

Since 2011, the Copernicus Masters competition has showcased the most innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. Its purpose is to drive the development of market-oriented applications for utilising data generated through Europe's Copernicus programme.
In the Copernicus Masters 2014, an impressive list of partners will feature topic-specific challenges, including: the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), European Space Imaging GmbH & Skybox Imaging Inc., CloudEO AG, Airbus Defence and Space & Hisdesat S.A., and Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd. The annual competition is organised by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.

In 2014, for the first time, the Copernicus Masters is carried out on a worldwide basis. Geared primarily toward start-ups and other companies, researchers, and students, the competition will require entrants to submit their applications from 15 April to 13 July 2014 at www.copernicus-masters.com

Participants in the Copernicus Masters 2014 can choose from a total of eight Challenges:

  • Best Service Challenge
  • Ideas Challenge
  • ESA App Challenge
  • DLR Energy & Environmental Challenge
  • The European Space Imaging &Skybox Imaging High-Res Challenge
  • Radar Constellation Challenge by Airbus Defence and Space & Hisdesat
  • CloudEO Farming Challenge
  • Transport and Logistics Challenge by Satellite Applications Catapult

About Copernicus
Copernicus (previously known as GMES) is the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date. It will provide accurate, timely, and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure civil security. As the
overall coordinator of the Copernicus Space Component, ESA is responsible (among a variety of other areas) for user access to data from the Copernicus Sentinels and more than 30 other Earth observation satellites. The EEA, meanwhile, coordinates access to data from airborne and ground sensors. The EC,
acting on behalf of the European Union, is responsible for the overall initiative, defining requirements, and managing the Copernicus services. Copernicus will become operational after the launch of the first Sentinel mission in April 2014.

Copernicus Master
The overall winner – the Copernicus Master – will be selected from the winners of all Challenges (except for the winner of the Best Service Challenge) and will receive an additional cash prize of EUR 20,000. Moreover, the overall winner will benefit from a substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 60,000 made available swith financial support by the European Commission.


29 May 2014


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