We got tagged on Twitter to share news of a competition open to innovators using ‘Earth Observation data to solve important social and commercial challenges’. So what’s it all about?

“The Copernicus Masters is a part of the Copernicus Start-up Programme and is the leading innovation competition for commercial Earth Observation (EO) applications in Europe. The competition awards innovative solutions, applications, and business concepts that use Earth Observation data to solve important social and commercial challenges. With more than EUR 450,000 worth of prizes in 2019, there is an opportunity for great minds to boost their business with big data from space. The call for applications will be open until 30 June. Find out more! – the event website states.

There are seven ‘competition partners’ – each presenting applicants with a specific challenge:

“This year’s edition of the Copernicus Masters offers participants a diverse range of topic-specific challenges to tackle global challenges with their competition entries. Each of the seven competition partners, the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Planet, BayWa, Airbus and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) have each presented participants with a specific challenge, with individual prize pools designed to support the winner to further develop its idea.”


https://twitter.com/CopernicusEU/status/1129373450928349192


On the target audience, the website says: “EO developers, students, researchers, startups and SMEs are invited to participate in the Copernicus Masters 2019. Participation is free and registration takes just a few minutes. Discover the challenges and sign up today.

What is the Copernicus Programme?