The European Space Agency (ESA) is awarding a prize to the best application idea that uses Earth observation data on mobile devices. Proposals were required to address one or more of the main thematic areas of the European Earth observation programme Copernicus (land monitoring, marine monitoring, atmospheric monitoring, climate change, emergency management). ESA was interested in ideas that can be implemented quickly into a profitable business or into an app having a societal impact.


SnapPlanet - The Social Network for Earth Observation, submitted by Jérôme Gasperi, Jeobrowser, France


The winner will be awarded a support package tailored to the winning app; this can include tech support, design support, app marketing, and other services valued at EUR 10,000 in total. The winner will also have the chance to develop his idea further at one of the 16 ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) across Europe. These incubation packages are worth up to EUR 50,000. Moreover, the winner will benefit from a substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 10,000 made available with financial support by the European Commission.

The Copernicus Masters competition presents big news for its current edition: the winners of each challenge1 won't be the only participants to be awarded prizes and turn their ideas into successful applications. For the first time ever, the finalists will also greatly benefit from the participation in this competition, thanks to the new Copernicus Accelerator initiative, funded by the European Commission and organised by AZO.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Benefit and innovativeness (customer benefit, other advantages compared to existing apps, innovation level of app)
  • Copernicus relevance (significance of the use of Earth monitoring data for realisation, added value through Copernicus)
  • Technological feasibility (technological feasibility, availability of prototype)
  • Market potential (chance of commercial success based on expected demand, investment potential, and time to market)
  • Legal aspects and risks (legal risks, patentability, regulations/laws to be considered)

Submissions should consist of a base app containing info and news on Copernicus, as well as one or more specific content modules that provide relevant location-based data to users in real time.
  • Participants are required to submit business concepts along with their application ideas; prototypes will not necessary to be eligible for the ESA App Challenge.
  • Participants are welcome to upload screenshots of their app designs to illustrate their descriptions.
  • In addition to concepts for new mobile apps, it is also possible to submit ideas for enhancing existing apps through the addition of Copernicus data (enriching weather apps by providing information on location-based UV radiation, for example).
  • Participants need to describe the data they will need to make their app operational, on the basic assumption that Copernicus data will be available and free of charge.
  • Submissions are accepted for all mobile operating systems.


The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. To contribute to the success of Copernicus ESA is exploiting its 35 years of expertise in space programme development and management. While the Copernicus programme is politically led by the European Union (EU), ESA is the overall coordinator of the Copernicus Space Component and will, inter alia, ensure the uninterrupted delivery of data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and from an important number of Copernicus Contributing Missions at national, European and international level. Following the launch of Sentinel-1A on 4 April 2014 the Copernicus programme has entered its operational phase, serving users with an ever increasing mix of satellite imagery and other data.

1 Participants of the Copernicus Accelerator must be either citizens of one of the Copernicus Participating countries or have established their company in the territory of one of the participating countries.

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