ESA App Challenge
How can GMES Earth monitoring data best be used on smartphones? If you have the ultimate idea for a GMES app, then make sure to check out the ESA App Challenge and get the chance to win a business incubation package worth EUR 60,000! To find out more about the App Challenge; the prize sponsor, ESA; the first ESA App Camp; and related news, simply read on!
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ESA APP CHALLENGE
The European Space Agency (ESA) will award the prize of the ESA App Challenge to the best application idea for using GMES on mobile phones. Proposals should address one or more of the main thematic areas of GMES (land, marine environment, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management). ESA is looking for ideas that can be quickly transformed into a profitable business.
The winner will be considered for support by one of the seven European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) across Europe - an opportunity valued at up to EUR 60,000.
Furthermore, the winner will enter the final evaluation and have the chance to become the competitions' overall winner - the GMES Master, a title endowed with a cash prize of EUR 20,000.
The applications submitted should consist of a base app containing info and news on GMES, as well as one or more specific content modules that provide relevant location-based data to users in real time.
To submit your business idea, please visit www.gmes-masters.com before 16 September 2012.
- Participants are required to submit application ideas incl. business concepts; prototypes are not necessary to be eligible for the ESA App Challenge.
- Participants are welcome to upload screenshots of the app design to visualize their description.
- In addition to concepts for new mobile apps it is also possible to submit ideas of how to extend existing apps by adding GMES data (e.g. enriching weather apps by providing information on location-based UV-radiation).
- Participants need to describe which data they will need to make their app operational on the basic assumption that GMES data will be available and free of charge.
- Submission is open for all mobile operating systems.
Please also make sure to save the date of 28 September 2012 for a personal presentation of your idea in case you are selected as one of the finalists of the ESA App Challenge.
THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (ESA) and GMES
As the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date, Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) will provide, accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve environmental management, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure civil security.
This ambitious programme is headed by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).
ESA coordinates the delivery of data from upwards of 30 satellites, and the EEA is responsible for data from airborne and ground sensors, while the EC, acting on behalf of the European Union, is responsible for the overall initiative, setting requirements and managing the services.
Managed by ESA, the Space Component is in its pre-operational stage, serving users with satellite data currently available through the GMES Contributing Missions at national, European and international levels. GMES will become operational after launch of the first Sentinel mission.
ESA is developing five families of Sentinel missions specifically for GMES, the first of which is scheduled to launch in 2013.
ESA PROVIDING PARTICIPANTS ACCESS TO PILOT GEOSERVER FOR TESTING PURPOSES
As part of the first ESA App Camp (www.app-camp.eu), which took place at ESA-ESRIN from 18 to 22 June 2012, ESA has configured a Pilot GeoServer with interfaces to available geodata to facilitate simple, centralised access to the data produced by pre-operational GMES services. This will make it possible to call up data in the categories of air, land, and water on mobile devices. The atmospheric data offers information on ozone levels in the air, for example, and the land data can include elevation models or specifications on nutrients present in the ground. The information on water quality, meanwhile, can contain data on chlorophyll and particle content or water temperature in specific locations. Through the GMES Masters website, the pilot server is now available free of charge to any GMES Masters participants interested in infusing their ideas with real data for testing and optimisation purposes. "We want to help developers familiarise themselves with the tremendous range of potential applications made possible by GMES and provide an easy way to access test data for their own ideas," explains Josef Aschbacher, head of the GMES Space Office at ESA-ESRIN.
ESA APP CAMP YIELDS INNOVATIVE APPS
Last week's ESA App Camp didn't see canoeing or campfires. Developers worked diligently despite the Mediterranean heat to create applications for mobile phones that bring Earth observation and GMES services to the everyday user.
Ending on 22 June at ESRIN, ESA's centre for Earth observation, in Frascati, Italy, 21 developers from 17 ESA and EU Member States spent the week creating mobile applications - or apps - using satellite data.
The goal was to come up with some innovative and off the beaten track ideas for apps using Earth-monitoring data on smartphones, in particular by calling on the possibilities offered by the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme.
In groups of four, each team worked to create an app under the following categories: GMES for Everyday Life, Observe and Learn, Play the GaMES and Discovering Climate Change with GMES … more.
The GMES Masters is an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and T-Systems and is supported by the European Union, European Space Imaging GmbH, and Astrium Services.
To learn everything else about the GMES Masters competition, please visit www.gmes-masters.com.
For further information on the GMES programme, please refer to www.esa.int/gmes and www.ec.europa.eu/gmes.
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