🡺 Virtual Space App Camp

Virtual Space App Camp

20 July – 20 September | Space App Camp – Virtual Edition

There are thousands of ways to enrich apps with data from space!

2021 Teams

Wildfire Map wins the Space App Camp 2021!

During the awards ceremony, Wildfire Map was selected as the winning team. They received a EUR 2,500 cash prize, and a unique Earth observation support package worth approximately EUR 3,500!

In the field of early fire detection, Wildfires Map shows the location and impact of recent wildfires via accurate and timely maps. People can also stay connected by sharing information about their location and whether they are safe. The app offers protection from wildfires to a wide range of users, including owners of property/assets at risk, local authorities/organisations, local businesses, NGOs, and private associations.    

Among the apps developed during the App Camp was Pace Vector, which estimates the velocity of trains, cars, and trucks using satellite images. From railway freight companies, logistic planners, traffic managers, and municipal authorities to companies that trade in perishable goods, this app offers a solution to a wide range of users in the tracking market.

For users interested in land monitoring, My Field is a mobile app designed to farmers how to prepare for an upcoming growing season by predicting rainfall with information derived from Sentinel-3. They will receive information in simple terms and in reference to past climate events that should be familiar to them. Through the information provided in the app, farmers will be able to anticipate their water needs and even predict their total crop production.

For users concerned about climate change, Float – Satellite Monitoring for Marine Debris offers a solution to locate, track, and report large concentrations of floating plastic debris around coastal areas to facilitate operations or plan private cleaning expeditions. Via its easy-to-use interface, users can scan areas of interest for potential floating debris, save the results, and share them with the app’s community. Float will be a major contributor to the fight against global warming, which is harming the biosphere both at sea and on land.

FORTISKY is a mobile app that combines time-critical satellite data from several providers in one place. At the press of a button, one or more unmanned aerial or surface vehicles can be tasked with autonomously capturing and analysing data at a given scene using the app’s state-of-the-art onboard computer vision system. FORTISKY can thus address a gap in satellite data and provide customers with the fastest and easiest way to gather information on an area of interest.

Citizeen is an app idea that helps locate and monitor thousands of green spaces remotely with space tech. It is also capable of monitoring vegetation status and various features of green areas (whether they are pet friendly, accessible to those with reduced mobility, etc). Citizen is specially designed for people who live in green urban areas, as well as municipalities, app/AI developers, and advertisers.

The goal of PARA (Predictive and Adaptive Road Analyzer) is to use smartphones in vehicles to detect road quality both remotely and globally by means of local measurements and processed images from Earth observation satellites. The road quality information derived from Earth observation images will be especially useful in the initial scale-up phase of the project, when the number of users is low.

ESA also surprised the participants with the announcement of an all-expenses-paid trip for all participants to Bonn, Germany, for the ESA’s Living Planet Symposium 2022.

Moreover, there were special awards for teams within the following subcategories:

  • Sustainability Impact- Float
  • Best User Interface – CitiZeen
  • Best Business Idea and Best Data Mashup – FORTISKY by VIZGARD
  • Best Foresight -PARA

 

For the 10th edition of the Space App Camp, an all-new enhanced mentoring programme was held with the support of dedicated experts and content mentors from the ESA Φ-lab.

This year’s edition was a big success thanks to the collaboration of its highly committed mentors, organisers, international experts, and exceptional guests such as Thomas Reiter, Europe´s most experienced astronaut. Each team developed their app idea in one of the following categories: Smart Cities, Marine Litter and Coastal Management, Early Warning Fire Detection, Transport, and Land Cover.

WHAT IT´S ALL ABOUT

Increasing numbers of mobile phone users are bringing wealth of business opportunities to develop Mobile Apps. At the same time, a huge amount of data from space can be exploited to develop new types of mobile applications while exploring the advances in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Edge, and/or Distributed Computing.
The European Space Agency (ESA) invited software developers, AI, and ML specialists, EO applications specialists and business development experts to attend its free online Space App Camp. The ESA Space App Camp offered a virtual enhanced mentoring programme for up to 25 dedicated participants to bridge the Earth Observation data and applications with the commercialisation strategies leveraging Mobile Apps technology.

This year’s Space App Camp consisted of an eight week-long mentoring and preparation phase, supported by dedicated experts. Interested students, researchers and developers applied from 17 June until 14 July 2021. This year, the virtual event took place from 20 July – 20 September 2021.

What could be won?

  • EUR 2,500 (equally distributed amongst the winning team)
  • An opportunity to participate in the week-long ESA’s Living Planet Symposium, currently planned between 23 May and 27 May 2022 in Bonn, Germany (all participation fees, travel and accommodation costs are covered by ESA).
  • 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 places on an online EO business development course)

The aim of ESA’s Space App Camp is to raise awareness of the possibilities offered by Europe’s Copernicus programme when it comes to enriching mobile apps and upscaling the usage of Copernicus 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. The latest member of ESA’s Earth observation satellites, Sentinel-6 carries a radar altimeter to measure global sea-surface height, primarily for operational oceanography and for climate studies. The first satellite was launched into orbit on 21 November 2020 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US.

The concept for the 2021 virtual edition involved close cooperation with the ESA Ф-lab with a clear focus on delivering results with a high level of readiness, e.g., more mature prototypes of mobile applications.

The detailed Terms and Conditions for the participation are available here.

The Space App Camp was organised by AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and with the support of RAMANI B.V.

Timeline 2021

Space App Camp: Info Session

The Space App Camp Info Session was a great opportunity to learn more about the new eight week-long Enhanced Mentoring programme, with detailed information on the prizes, benefits, and further opportunities.

The session covered the following areas:

  • Introduction to the ESA Ф-Lab
  • Relevant information about the Space App Camp 2021
  • Presentation of this year’s challenges

This year, the Space App Camp hosted a unique community of innovators and experts willing to bring the best app ideas to real life.

Watch the Recording

Categories

During the Space App Camp, participants were aiming to use Earth observation data to develop and implement innovative ideas and viable business cases for apps that addressied one of the following challenges:

  • Marine Litter and Coastal Zones Management, e.g. detect Marine debris from Sentinel-2
  • Early Warning Fire detection using the Sentinels, e.g. Sentinel-2 (as precursor for Phisat-2)
  • Artificial Intelligence for EO data, e.g. semantic labelling and classification, optical super-resolution
  • Smart Cities in 3D; VR rendering of cities based on EO images and Artificial Intelligence
  • Health & Tropical Disease Risk Forecasting; towards predicting vector-born deseases using EO
  • Education applications for EO and AI
  • Gamification, e.g. from cloud patterns in precursor Sentinel-4 imagery guess the convective events
  • Any other category of your choice to be validated by ESA

During the application process, applicants were required to indicate in which category they would like to apply and provide some justification.

Programme

The 2021 Space App Camp offered participants a coaching formula through the Enhanced Mentorship Programme.

The cornerstones of the Enhanced Mentorship Programme were three-fold:

  • The assessment of the teams’ needs in terms of knowledge and skills.
  • A matchmaking with the Content Mentors provided by RAMANI and the ESA Ф-lab.
  • A dedicated and customised training based on situated learning.

The main task of the mentors was to bridge any gaps in the participants’ ability to deliver and define their Mobile Apps technical ideas (embedded systems and architecture) as well as business environment (market definition, financial and business engineering, commercialisation and IP-protection aspects). Situated learning placed the learners “within the experience” and encouraged them to learn through dialogue with others within the team. It involved co-participation and co-development of business concepts and technical prototypes leveraging effective teamwork and social engagement process.

It is the first time that the ESA Space App Camp has offered an enhanced mentorship programme to its participants: a comprehensive learning and mobile software development scheme spread throughout an eight-week long period and supported by experts in Earth observation (EO), artificial intelligence, intellectual property protection and business development.

WHO could TAKE PART?

Individuals who are a national of an ESA Member State, including Canada (as Cooperating State), Slovenia, Latvia and Lithuania (as Associate Member States), of a Member State of the European Union, or of a State Participating to the Horizon Europe Programme of the European Union either as Associated Country or Third Country Automatically Eligible for Funding. The application was also open to nationals of countries which are members to GEO – Group on Earth Observations.

To apply to the Space App Camp, eligible candidates had to fill in an online application form. As part of their application, Applicants were invited, among others, to submit links or reference to Apps which they previously developed and/or published, or to other information supporting their claimed experience. Candidates could apply alone or in teams of two to four. Following their selection, Participants not already part of a team were grouped into teams.

GET INSPIRED

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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WHY JOIN

BE 1 IN 25

GET INSIGHT

DEVELOP APPS USING EO DATA

DEDICATED API FOR EO DATA

8-week mentoring programme

THE WINNING TEAM WILL BE REWARDED

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