Increasing numbers of mobile phone users is bringing mobility to the business with mobile apps. Additionally, 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 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!

For the 8th time, ESA was inviting 24 developers to its ESRIN location in Frascati, Italy – including travel expenses and accommodation. The Space App Camp is a unique opportunity for app developers to meet with like-minded people, create mobile applications using satellite data, and gain insight into ESA’s work.

The goal of the 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.

ESA provided access to satellite data for the development of mobile applications (Android and iOS) in five predefined categories. A dedicated API made it easy for participants to integrate Earth observation data into their app.

Participants were able to choose their preferred category and apply either alone or in teams of two, or four. All selected candidates were then grouped into teams of four at the event.

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