Copernicus Masters Sustainable Living Challenge 2016 Open for Entries

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The Copernicus Masters, Europe’s leading innovation competition for ideas that use satellite Earth Observation data, is now open for entries.

The Satellite Applications Catapult, a competition partner, has set a new Sustainable Living Challenge for 2016, looking for new satellite-based services that support global sustainable growth.

The Sustainable Living Challenge seeks new applications using Earth Observation (EO) data to support agriculture, the use or protection of our oceans and seas, the development of smart cities and resilient infrastructure, or the management of natural resources from water to forests.

Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult said: “The Copernicus Masters is a fantastic opportunity for people interested in using satellite imagery to test their ideas and explore their commercial potential.

“Successful entrants will have access to a large European network to promote their ideas and technologies, gain media exposure and access satellite data to develop their service.We’d therefore encourage anyone with an idea, even if you’ve never used satellite imagery before, to sign up. You’ve got nothing to lose!”

This year, there are five Challenges, with the winner of each one going forward to compete for the grand prize of £10,000.

The Sustainable Living Challenge winner will receive £5,000 of business support from the Challenge partners to accelerate their business idea, as well as EO data from the European Commission to the value of £10,000 to help them develop their service.

The Catapult and other UK partners are hosting a series of information sessions around the UK over the coming weeks to guide applicants through the process. Each session will be just one hour and provide a great opportunity to test your entry idea.

Innovate UK, the UK Space Agency and the Science and Technology Facilities Council are also supporting the competition in 2016. The closing date for applications is 18 July 2016.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of the UK team, please email