ESA Appathon to be hosted in the Satellite Applications Catapult

5th December 2014

Anyone who is up for the challenge and wants to win an invitation to the ESA App Camp Barcelona is welcome to attend one of the six Appathons. These events, which will be held at ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) and partner locations, will offer developers the chance to meet with like-minded people and tackle some of the world's greatest challenges. ESA BIC Harwell and the Satellite Applications Catapult are hosting the UK event. 

In short workshops, participants will gain insights into the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the Earth observation programme Copernicus, and a dedicated map API. They will also have the opportunity to obtain business support from the ESA BICs and the SAP Startup Focus Programme.

Meanwhile, five challenges will inspire the participants to create the solutions of tomorrow. They will be organised into teams tasked with devising innovative application ideas and viable business cases in one of the following topic areas: Big Geo Data, Crowdsourcing Solutions, Environmental Protection, Food Security, or the Internet of Things.

A welcome package, food, and beverages will be provided. From students and professionals to company founders and freelancers, people of all skill levels are invited to participate. All developers need to bring along is a laptop and their next big idea.

The Appathons are free to attend, but participants must register on a first come, first served basis at

After spending two days on development, each team will pitch its own innovative concept to a jury of experts. The winning team of each Appathon will then be invited to the ESA App Camp Barcelona (with all costs covered) to compete for the grand prize, which will be awarded at the Mobile World Congress 2015.

In vying against one another for five days in the Catalan capital, the Appathon-winning teams are sure to have plenty of fun while learning a lot. Two cash prizes worth EUR 5,000 each are waiting to be presented directly at the Mobile World Congress, which all ESA App Camp participants will receive tickets to attend.