the prizes


In 2014 the prize pool had a total value of EUR 300,000 including e.g. cash prizes, technical support, data packages, and business incubation.

Copernicus Master

The overall winner - the Copernicus Master - was selected from the winners of all Challenges (except for the winner of the Best Service Challenge) and was awarded an additional cash prize of EUR 20,000. Moreover, the overall winner will benefit from a substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 60,000 made available with financial support by the European Commission.


Best Service Challenge

  • The winner of the Best Service Challenge will benefit from a substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 40,000 made available with financial support by the European Commission.
  • The prize also includes extensive promotion of the winner to the international Copernicus community and dedicated media, incl. an article on www.earthobservations.org
  • Moreover, the Group on Earth Observations invited the winner to attend the GEO-XI Plenary in Gabon, 12 - 14 November 2014, where he has the possibility to present the winning service to the audience.

Ideas Challenge

The winner has been rewarded with a cash prize of EUR 1,000. Moreover, he shall receive a consulting package e.g. to further develop the idea into a valid business case with the aim to qualify for one of the eleven ESA business incubation centres across Europe. The incubation package has a value of up to EUR 50,000.


ESA App Challenge

The winner will receive an individualised support-package specific to his app (e.g. tech-support, design-support, app marketing and more) valued at EUR 10,000. Moreover, the winner has the chance to get his idea further developed in one of the eleven ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs). The incubation package has a value of up to EUR 50,000.


DLR Energy & Environmental Challenge

The winner has been rewarded with a cash prize of EUR 5,000.


T-Systems Big Data Challenge

T-Systems International GmbH will assist the winner in getting their project off the ground. This will include assistance in realising an innovation project, which could lead to a long-term partnership.


European Space Imaging & Skybox Imaging High-Res Challenge

The winner has been awarded a European Space Imaging data package of Skybox Imaging satellite imagery worth up to EUR 20,000 for use in further developing the winning application.


Radar Constellation Challenge by Airbus Defence and Space and Hisdesat

The winner was awarded a radar satellite data package worth EUR 25,000 and operational support to help advance their idea.


CloudEO Farming Challenge

The winner has been rewarded with a EUR 3,000 cash prize, six months of access to a free standard workbench for development and production on CloudEO, marketing support through the CloudEO web store, and active business support from CloudEO.


Transport and Logistics Challenge by Satellite Applications Catapult

The winning proposal was awarded a Catapult support package, worth 10,000. This will be a tailor-made package to support the requirement of the proposal. This includes one or more of the following benefits:
  • Direct access to the Catapult's in house expertise (technical and business)
  • State-of-the-art facilities (operations centre, high definition videowall, spark centre and meeting room facilities)
  • Climate and Environment Monitoring from Space (CEMS) cloud computing facility.