Hang on a minute - isn't the European Space Agency a bunch of astronauts and rocket scientists? What does ESA have to do with app development and SAP?

From space, our planet's atmosphere, land, and water can be monitored for multiple application fields. This is where the ESA App Camp comes in: It's your chance to make the resulting information accessible to a broad audience and create value in the process! And with supporting technology like the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, you'll have the tools you need to get the most out of this Earth observation data.

Participants get access to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, that enables developers to build, extend, and run applications on SAP HANA in the cloud. With its unmatched capability to process big data in high speed and its built-in geospatial functionality, it is the natural choice for running earth observation applications. Experience in integrating such data or using the SAP HANA Cloud Platform is not required to participate in the ESA App Camp.

The ESA App Camp Barcelona was inviting app developers to unique pre-selection events where they could meet with like-minded people and tackle some of the world's greatest challenges. The six pre-selection Appathons were held at ESA BIC and partner locations across Europe on 24-25 Jan 2015.

Students and professionals alike were asked asked to team up and develop ideas on how to enrich apps with the abundance of data offered by Earth observation satellites and the power of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The winning team of each Appathon is now invited to the ESA App Camp Barcelona (25 Feb - 3 Mar) to compete for the grand prize, which will be presented at the Mobile World Congress 2015.

The ESA App Camp is organised by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) on behalf of the European Space Agency and sponsored by SAP University Alliances. We're also working with other awesome partners in six countries to make the pre-selection Appathons a great experience.


Everyone of adult age could sign up for the Appathons. Participants could either register as a team of two or as individuals. At least one of the team members needs to be a full-hearted app developer. All participants were grouped into teams of four at the event. For more information have a look at the rules.


@ ESA App Camp Barcelona
  • Get rewarded at the Mobile World Congress 2015
  • 2 x EUR 5,000 prize money
  • Door prize for everyone
  • Access to ESA BIC & SAP start-up support
  • If you win your local Appathon, you will be invited to the ESA App Camp in Barcelona (25 Feb - 3 Mar). All costs covered


Everyone is welcome to join, but as always there are some rules to be accepted.

 Download rules (PDF)