Digital Transport Challenge

The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is looking for solutions that use Copernicus data to solve major challenges faced by transport systems today. Solutions can solve challenges on the local, national or international level and can target any mode of transportation. Participants are encouraged to use Copernicus data along with additional data sources such as traffic information, or other mobility-related data.

Areas of interest to the BMVI include:

  • Transport infrastructure: Ensure the ongoing quality, safety and maintenance of road, rail, or aviation infrastructure
  • Environmental impact: Monitor or improve the impact of transport on the environment, such as emissions, oil dependency, or reduction of natural habitats
  • Freight transport and logistics: Develop new concepts to deliver goods as fast as possible to their destination – but also taking cost, noise pollution, and the environment into consideration
  • Maritime safety: Ensure or improve the efficient and safe operations of maritime transport, considering additional factors such as fuel consumption, weather forecasts, ship tracking etc.


How to Participate


  • EUR 5,000 cash prize
  • Access to cloud computing facilities and Copernicus data via the “Copernicus Data and Exploitation Platform – Deutschland (CODE-DE).
  • Attendance and presentation at a transport related event of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) (if eligible)
  • Substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 5,000 (financial support by EC)
  • Access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme (if eligible)


Submissions to the BMVI Digital Transport Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Does the solution present a novel/new approach to solving transport challenges?
  • Societal benefits: Does the solution show significant value for today’s transport systems, society and/or the environment?
  • Technical Feasibility: Does the solution apply Copernicus data to provide value-added services to end-users?
  • Commercial Viability: Does the solution have real market potential?


This challenge has been issued by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with support from the DLR Space Administration. Together with its executive agencies, the BMVI addresses issues related to transport and mobility, digital matters and spatial development in Germany. The BMVI is responsible for the German participation in the Copernicus programme design along with the European Commission and other European players. It consolidates national interests and coordinates national accompanying measures.

Acting on behalf of the Federal Government, DLR Space Administration designs and implements Germany’s Space Program, which integrates all German space activities on the national and European level. These activities include Germany’s national Space Program and Germany’s contributions to the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). In addition, the DLR Space Administration shapes and monitors the Space topic within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.