Full ESA Force at Space App Camp: Director General, Astronaut and Director of Earth Observation Programmes

The accumulated expertise of the European Space Agency (ESA) was live on stage at the ESA Space App Camp 2017 in Frascati, Italy, from 11-18 September.

Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes (D/EOP) and Head of ESRIN, ESA’s centre for Earth Observation, explained the developer teams how fortunate they are: “No one usually has the unique opportunity to experience an astronaut (Luca Parmitano) AND the Director General Jan Woerner at one event.”

During these dazzling dedicated developer days, the Space App Camp teams were able to get valuable insights into Europe’s Earth observation programme Copernicus, what kind of business opportunities it offers and how its services help to tackle global economic and societal challenges.

Jan Woerner stressed how space impacts our daily lives: “What we do, at the end of the day, is all for Earth, our planet.” He addressed the participants directly and encouraged them to explore and innovate: ‘We need new ideas. To quote Steve Jobs: “Stay hungry, stay foolish!'”

The most outstanding team was awarded as the Space App Camp winner 2017: Congratulations to AIR by Limoncello!

Have a look at the live stream and revisit the event where coding meets big data from space:


About the Space App Camp

ESA’s Space App Camp brings programmers together to develop creative and innovative apps. The objective is to make EO data, particularly from Copernicus, accessible to a wide range of businesses and citizens. To achieve this, the Space App Camp seeks to introduce app developers to Copernicus, creating awareness for the numerous possibilities EO data offers as a means of enriching mobile apps. In order to make satellite data accessible on smartphones, the Space App Camp each year brings programmers from across Europe to exchange ideas with like-minded people and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. Participants learn about the many ways in which big data from space can be used for mobile apps. Additionally, they will make contacts all over Europe and gain insights into how ESA operates.

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