Sustainable Development with the Copernicus programme
The UN Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved with reliable, up-to-date information on topics such as climate, water, food security, marine, forests and urban planning. Most of this must come from satellites. Copernicus, Europe’s Earth observation programme, provides open access to such data for the development of solutions in a wide variety of domains. The fact that all these data are not only reliable but also completely free of charge holds huge potential for the creation of innovative products and services. At the same time, it gives companies, entrepreneurs and startups many opportunities to create sustainable business concepts.
The Copernicus Masters awards applications and solutions that use Copernicus data to tackle important challenges, with 2019 submissions opening on 1 April.
The demand for Earth observation (EO) data is exploding in order to find innovative solutions for today’s challenges such as climate change, food security or water supply. With more than 15 terabytes of free EO data generated by the Copernicus programme every day, the Copernicus services deliver near-real-time data on a global level – contributing towards the sustainable management of the environment. Simultaneously, the Earth observation industry is constantly growing. New data platforms are being developed to receive and process the huge amount of satellite data collected from the Sentinels – and other contributing missions. These data platforms are established on the cloud and work with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, enabling the development of new applications in the EO sector.
The Copernicus Masters 2019 – Europe’s leading innovation competition for Earth observation (EO) – is searching for such outstanding applications, solutions, and business concepts from future-oriented SMEs, startups, universities and individuals in the fields of business, research, and higher education.
From 1 April to 30 June, participants in the Copernicus Masters 2019 can submit their innovative EO solutions to 8 challenges offered by the following world-class partners: European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Astrosat, Planet, BayWa, and Airbus together with sobloo and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).
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