ABOUT SPACE APP CAMP
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?
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 your chance to make the resulting information accessible to a broad audience and create value in the process!
For the fourth time, ESA was inviting 20 developers to its ESRIN location in Frascati (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 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 recently became operational with the launch of the first Sentinel satellite
in April 2014 and the launch of Sentinel 2-A
in June 2015.
ESA was providing access to satellite data for the development of mobile applications (Android and iOS) in five predefined categories. A dedicated API
enabled easy integration of Earth observation data the apps. To take part in the App Camp, participants did not need any experience in integrating such data.
Participants were able to choose their preferred category and could apply either alone or in teams of two, three, or four. All selected candidates were grouped into teams of four.
The Space App Camp is organised by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen
(AZO) on behalf of the European Space Agency
topics & data
Participants had the choice between the following categories:
- Emergency and Rescue Management
- Environmental Protection
- Maritime Environment and Maritime Transportation
- Lifestyle and Tourism
ESA was providing access to satellite data for the development of mobile applications (Android and iOS) in five predefined categories. A dedicated API enableed easy integration of Earth observation data into the apps. To take part in the App Camp, participants did not need any experience in integrating such data.
WHO CAN BE PART?
Participation in the App Camp was open to any app developer of adult age with citizenship in Europe or ESA member states, please refer to Rules
for a detailed list of elegible countries.
Participants could either register as teams of two, three, or four or as individuals. At least one of the team members needed to be a full-hearted app developer. All participants were grouped into teams of four at the event.
After a week of intense teamwork in the selected category, the teams presented their apps to the other participants and a jury nominated by ESA (consisting of: Dr Thomas Beer, ESA; Mark Doherty, ESA; Simon Jutz, ESA; Dr Carsten Linz, SAP; Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, ESA, and Thorsten Rudolph, AZO) on the final day of the App Camp. In addition to a unique coding experience with like-minded people, satellite data and insight into ESA's work, the winning team was rewarded with a cash prize worth EUR 2,500.
Participants with citizenship in the following countries: ESA member-states, states involved in the Copernicus Space Component (CSC), and countries participating in the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Community were welcome to join, but as always there were some rules to be accepted.
Download rules (PDF)