[SatNews] The tremendous amounts of data produced by the European Earth observation program Copernicus and its Sentinel satellites hugely benefit science and public authorities and open the door to countless products and applications in a wide array of business sectors.
The annual Earth Monitoring competition Copernicus Masters was initiated to aid visionary entrepreneurs in bringing their innovations to market. Its CloudEO Going Live Challenge is now calling for proposals for EO-related products and services that are ready to be tested and implemented. Areas of special interest include ice detection, agriculture and forestry, oil, gas & mining, maritime, and radar applications.
Entrants are invited to submit a concrete plan for using CloudEO's ecosystem to transform partially or fully developed applications based on Earth observation data into operational commercial services. After an initial evaluation by an expert panel, the top three contestants will be rewarded with the opportunity to conduct a reality check trial at the CloudEO Living Lab along with relevant user communities and potential future customers.
CloudEO is offering a powerful cloud-based hard- and software infrastructure, access to great data, an easy-to-use collaboration platform, sophisticated streaming services, a web store as a marketing tool, and CloudEO's coaching and matchmaking support. The best service implementation will be awarded as the winner of the Copernicus Masters CloudEO—Going Live Challenge with a prize package worth up to 10,000 euros.
The winner of the challenge is also running for the overall winner—the Copernicus Master—who will receive (along with their challenge prize) 20,000 euros in cash and a satellite data package worth a further 60,000 euros, which is being provided with the financial support of the European Commission.
The Copernicus Master CloudEO The Going Live Challenge is open for online submission until the July 13th of this year. All winners will be announced on October 20, 2015, and recognized as part of an awards ceremony in Berlin.