Launched in 2011 on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Copernicus Masters is an international competition that awards prizes to developers who leverage Earth observation data to solve important commercial and social problems.
Planet’s global high-cadence satellite imagery makes it a perfect dataset for the Copernicus Masters. Planet has an average of 500 images for every square inch of Earth’s landmass. Leveraging this deep stack of data, developers can build applications that monitor daily change for specific assets and locations of interest. These applications could underlie new commercial solutions that disrupt markets as diverse as finance and business intelligence, energy, agriculture, forestry, and insurance.
Submissions will be evaluated against a number of criteria, including innovation, how it leverages both PlanetScope and Sentinel-2 data, the business problem it solves, and commercial viability of the solution.
With help from Planet, the winner of the challenge will then finalize the solution and bring it to market. This equates to six months free access to Planet’s Application Developer Program (valued close to EUR 1 million); access to Planet’s daily data for specific areas of interest; and support from Planet, with the goal of finding your first commercial customer.