ESA App Camp in Frascati, Italy – get inspired what your days at the App Camp could be like! Get to know the winners from 2019, their background and expectations.


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Dedicated API for EO data

The winning team will be rewarded


Increasing numbers of mobile phone users are bringing mobility to business with mobile apps. In addition, a huge amount of data from space offers countless opportunities in connection with mobile applications.

But hang on a minute – isn’t the European Space Agency a bunch of astronauts and rocket scientists? What does ESA have to do with mobile app development? A lot! From space, our planet’s atmosphere, land, and water can be monitored for multiple application fields. This is where the ESA Space App Camp comes in: it’s a chance to make the resulting information accessible to a broad audience and create value in the process!

The European Space Agency (ESA) invites developers, artificial intelligence and machine learning specialists to its free online Space App Camp. The ESA Space App Camp offers a virtual workspace to 20 dedicated developers: a comprehensive preparation phase and an 11-day virtual ESA Space App Camp, supported by Earth Observation, Artificial Intelligence and business experts. Interested students, researchers and developers are able to register here from 30 June until 14 August 2020.
This year, this virtual event will take place from 11 – 21 September 2020.

What can be won?

  • Win up to EUR 3,100
  • Technical coaching from the Φ-lab on Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation and free computing
  • A one-week visit to the Φ-lab in 2021 at ESA’s Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) in Frascati near Rome/Italy including travel and accommodation
  • 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 seats for an online EO business development course)

The goal of the ESA Space App Camp is to produce mobile apps using Earth observation 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 and is already providing data from seven satellites today. The latest member of ESA’s Earth observation satellites, Sentinel-3B, was successfully launched from Russia on 25 April 2018. Two weeks later, Sentinel-3B has already delivered some impressive first images from its ocean and land colour instruments. The oceans are the main focus of the mission. In addition, large-scale changes in land areas are also monitored and recorded.



Food Security



Costal monitoring

Smart Cities



Participants with residency in an ESA member-state, a state involved in the Copernicus Space Component (CSC), or a country participating in the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Community are welcome to join, but as always, some rules apply.


Candidates can apply alone or in teams of two, or four. If not already applying as team of four, all candidates will be grouped into teams of four. Each team should be composed of three developers and one business person. Teams consisting of four developers shall nominate one person that will be the contact person for specific business development sessions.

The registration phase has ended.