SnapPlanet App Wins Top Prize at Space App Camp

SnapPlanet, an innovative app that combines the increasing availability of satellite images with social networking took home the top prize at this year’s Space App Camp at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Space App Camp offers access to the latest space data and the SAP Cloud Platform to European app developers, who work together in teams, to make the information accessible to a broad audience.

Five teams had been selected from ESA’s Business Incubation Centres across Europe to participate at the five-day App Camp, held from 26 Feb – 2 Mar 2017 in Barcelona and culminated at the Mobile World Congress. Each team, composed of two members, demonstrated how satellite and business data can be used to create new business models and solutions in a nearly untapped market.

The developer of SnapPlanet, Jérôme Gasperi, convinced the expert jury with his innovative app during his public pitch on the stage of the SAP stand in Hall 3 at the Mobile World Congress. The expert jury consisted of Martine Heuff, Global Digital Program Leader Commercial Sales, SAP; Carsten Linz, Head of CIO Center for Digital Leadership, SAP; Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, Earth Observation Applications Engineer, ESA ESRIN; Thomas Beer, Copernicus Policy Coordinator, ESA-ESRIN; Thibaud Delourme, Team Leader, European Commission; and Thorsten Rudolph, Managing Director Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO).

The winner won EUR 5000 and will be considered for the SAP Start-up Focus programme. As part of its ongoing collaboration with ESA, SAP works with the start-ups from ESA’s Business Incubation Centres across Europe. The prize was handed over to Jérôme by Josef Aschbacher, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes.

With this reward, the success story of SnapPlanet continues: Jérôme had been awarded the winner of the Copernicus Masters ESA App Challenge in October 2016, which resulted in his admission as a mentee to the Copernicus Accelerator, a new European Commission programme.

AZO is organising the Space App Camps and the Copernicus Masters on behalf of ESA, as well as the Copernicus Accelerator on behalf of the European Commission.

Continue reading the news article on the exciting Space App Camp Barcelona, including all five pioneering applications developed by the participating teams on the Space App Camp website.

Group picture for participating teams and organisers at the 2017 Space App Camp

Lena Nietbaur is enthusiastic about spreading the word on the potentials of technology esp. space tech for business and society. As Head of Marketing & Communications at AZO, she is responsible for all communication and marketing activities. This involves especially the internal and external communications for the international innovation competitions Copernicus Maters, European Satellite Navigation Competition and Service Robotics Masters; app developer camps; and the ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria. She is dealing with a highly diverse range of topics – robotics, energy, or healthcare, for example – with a focus on start-ups and SMEs.

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