Code Green, who won the UK part of the ESA Appathon in January, have gone on to be named 2015 ESA App Camp champions at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The team of students from the University of Bristol won the UK competition, hosted by the Satellite Applications Catapult, by designing an exciting app to tackle the challenge of global food security by monitoring and managing agricultural land. This secured them themselves an invitation to the final in Barcelona.
At the UK competition, participants were asked to discuss and develop ideas that utilise the wealth of data offered by Earth satellite observation, as well as the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The teams could choose between five different topics to create an innovative app idea to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. The winning team of each regional Appathon, (which were held across Europe) was then invited to the ESA App Camp in Barcelona from 25 February to 3 March to compete for the grand prize.
Code Green won a £5,000 prize for their Predictive Crop Monitoring App, FarmIQ, which utilises ESA satellite data in unification with data collected from a farmer’s field. This enables farmers to obtain an at-a-glance view of their crops, providing information on what has happened, what is happening, and what is most likely to happen in the future.
The company hopes to develop this crop monitoring and management tool to help farmers identify problems before they occur, and suggest a plan of action to improve both the health and yields of their crops.
We wish them the best of luck with their app and hope to hear more from them in the future!