Jun 02, 2015

Making Space @ App Camp

[SatNews] The European Space Agency (ESA) is about to invite 20 committed developers to its fourth Space App Camp, a free event scheduled for September 14-21, 2015, at the Agency’s ESRIN facility in Frascati (near Rome), Italy.

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Tremendous amounts of data from space—the sort that is produced by the European Earth observation program Copernicus and its Sentinel satellites—presents countless opportunities in connection with mobile applications. This is where the Space App Camp comes in, bringing programmers together to develop creative and innovative apps that make Earth Observation (EO) data, in particular those received from Copernicus, accessible to a wide range of citizens.

That said, this event is more than just another competition for app developers. Its main goals are to help participants learn about the many ways satellite data can be used in mobile apps, make contacts all over Europe, and gain exciting insights into how ESA operates. Camp attendees are encouraged to develop creative solutions to global challenges. Working in teams, they will be tasked with developing innovative apps and feasible business models for one of five subject areas: agriculture; emergency and rescue management; environmental protection; marine environments and maritime transportation; or lifestyle and tourism.

Those interested can register online as individuals or teams (of up to four people) at http://www.app-camp.eu/ from June 1 to July 22, choosing their preferred category in the process. The selection criteria will include the applicants’ previous programming work. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the event’s organizers.

Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) has been organizing the Space App Camp on behalf of the European Space Agency since 2012. By leveraging its extensive experience as a specialist in building and maintaining global innovation networks and carrying out related competitions, AZO supports product innovations and the creation of new companies, particularly in the field of commercial aerospace applications.