Former ESA App Camps


The annual ESA App Camp was established in 2012 jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). The goal is to come up with mobile apps using Earth observation data on mobile devices, in particular by leveraging the possibilities offered by the European Earth Observation Programme Copernicus.



Winners of the ESA App Camp 2014


App Camp participants 2014


Using satellites for improving the exploitation of water resources is just one of the innovative ideas developed over the week-long 'camp' dedicated to creating mobile apps drawing on Earth observation data.

Twenty developers from 11 countries convened at ESA's ESRIN centre in Frascati, Italy (from 8 - 15 September) for the third annual App Camp, which was again organised by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, acting under an ESA contract.

The goal was to bring Earth observation data - particularly coming from the European Copernicus environment-monitoring programme - to the everyday user through smartphones.

Each of the five teams had a week to create an app under the following categories: emergency and rescue management, marine environment and maritime transportation, lifestyle and tourism, environmental protection or agriculture.

Developers of the WaterSense app won the challenge. The group proposed the use of satellite data on water availability and soil moisture to assist farmers with irrigation.

Source: ESA

Click on winners to learn more about the apps resulting from the ESA App Camp 2014.

Winners of the ESA App Camp 2013

In its second year, the App Camp saw 20 developers from 16 countries convene at ESA's ESRIN centre in Frascati, Italy. Using satellite data to find areas of thermal updraft to fly gliders is just one of the innovative ideas developed over the week-long 'camp' to help bring Earth observation to the everyday user.

Winners 2013
The developers of the Thermal Guidance System app won the challenge. The group of aviation enthusiasts proposed the use of satellite data to detect areas of high thermal updraft - rising air currents that are responsible for keeping the planes and gliders aloft.

The app provides maps of these areas and a 3D view to assist pilots of gliders and small motorised planes, as well as for flying unmanned aerial vehicles.
Members of the winning team were each presented with an iPad3.


App Camp winning team 2013


Other apps developed during the week included the game app Springesa, which simulates conditions for growing and harvesting vegetables using satellite data. Cheetah uses crowdsourcing to optimise food transport in Africa by recommending routes depending on weather and traffic conditions.

Breathe More, Live More also uses crowdsourcing to pinpoint areas in large cities with good air quality, while Liferama provides information for leisure activities such as fishing, bird-watching and going to the beach.

The App Camp was devised by the GMES Space Office and co-sponsored by the Technology Transfer Programme Office.


App Camp participants 2013 with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli



Winners of the ESA App Camp 2012


The first ESA App Camp took place from 18 to 22 June 2012 at ESA ESRIN in Frascati near Rome.

Developers of the ShareAware app won the ESA App Camp 2012. Their app aims to interconnect people concerned about the environment to understand, learn about, be prepared for or react to various events or remote sensing results.

Organised by environmental 'themes', such as water, air quality, deforestation or disasters, users could browse the datasets and report on a certain issue relevant for that theme and location - a 'callout'.

Users could write a short message or post an image in their callouts. GMES products would also be made available for reference in the various thematic areas.

Members of the winning team were each presented with an iPad3.

The other apps developed during the week included the educational app GEOLife that shows how Earth observation data can affect our daily lives. TeakGuard aims to protect rainforests from illegal logging, 4Sense is in the game category and EnviSim attempts to simulate the effect of policy decisions and technical developments on Earth's climate and environment.



App Camp winning team 2012