ESA's virtual Space App Camp

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Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

What's it all about?

Increasing numbers of mobile phone users are bringing wealth of business opportunities to develop Mobile Apps. At the same time, a huge amount of data from space can be exploited to develop new types of mobile applications while exploring the advances in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Edge, and/or Distributed Computing.

The European Space Agency (ESA) invites software developers, AI, and ML specialists, EO applications specialists and business development experts to attend its free online Space App Camp. The ESA Space App Camp offers a virtual enhanced mentoring programme for up to 25 dedicated participants to bridge the Earth Observation data and applications with the commercialisation strategies leveraging Mobile Apps technology.

This year’s Space App Camp consists of an eight week-long mentoring and preparation phase, supported by dedicated experts. Interested students, researchers and developers can register until 14 July 2021. This year, the virtual event will take place from 20 July – 20 September 2021.

What can you win? 

  • Win up to EUR 2,500 (equally distributed amongst the winning team);
  • An opportunity to participate in the week-long ESA’s Living Planet Symposium, currently planned between 23 May and 27 May 2022 in Bonn, Germany (all participation fees, travel and accommodation costs are covered by ESA);
  • A unique Earth observation support package worth approx. EUR 3,500 (including: technical EO data consultancy, 8 hours of software engineering services, access to a global network of EO experts in applied and technical fields, support from professional ESA business developers, e.g., to find launching customers, 4 places on an online EO business development course).

What is the goal of this App Camp?

The aim of ESA’s Space App Camp is to raise awareness of the possibilities offered by Europe’s Copernicus programme when it comes to enriching mobile apps and upscaling the usage of Copernicus data on smartphones. In doing so, it focuses on leveraging the possibilities offered by the European Earth observation programme Copernicus, which became operational with the launch of the first Sentinel Satellite in April 2014. The latest member of ESA’s Earth observation satellites, Sentinel-6 carries a radar altimeter to measure global sea-surface height, primarily for operational oceanography and for climate studies. The first satellite was launched into orbit on 21 November 2020 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US.

The concept for the 2021 virtual edition involves close cooperation with the ESA Ф-lab with a clear focus on delivering results with a high level of readiness, e.g., more mature prototypes of mobile applications.

Info Session (7 July 2021, 20:00 - 20:45 CEST)

The Space App Camp Info Session is a great opportunity to learn more about our new eight week-long Enhanced Mentoring programme, with detailed information on the prizes, benefits, and further opportunities.

The session will cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to the ESA Ф-Lab
  • Discover all about the Space App Camp 2021
  • Presentation of this year’s challenges

This year, the Space App Camp will host a unique community of innovators and experts willing to bring the best app ideas to real life.

Register to know more!