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High-Flyers of AZO's Space of Innovation Initiatives Enrich European Space Solutions

The AZO side session at the European Space Solutions brought together inventive people from the industry, the public sector, including the European Commission, as well as developers and users. The side session "Space of Innovation for Entrepreneurs!" comprised enthusiastic panel discussions, inspiring speakers and exciting startup presentations, and was very well attended. Three high-flyers of the Space of Innovation network gave pioneering presentations about how AZO's services along the value chain supported their success.

The ESNC regional winner 2014 Stephen Oyala Odhiambo, gave a thrilling speech on how his Uko wapi? services tackle the lack of a functional physical address system in Sub-Saharan Africa, by providing digitalised address information through a mobile and web application. The service is named after the Swahili phrase "where are you?". Stephen Oyala Odhiambo talked about his experience how his idea has been implemented at ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Darmstadt and how they recently finished their incubation.

The Copernicus Masters' ESA App Challenge 2013 winner, Valentijn Venus, spoke about how participating in and winning the ESA Space App Camp with Cheetah - an innovative approach combining crowdsourcing with Earth observation data - boosted his market reputation. Furthermore, he explained how this triumph represented a door-opener to engage and receive contracts with global player ESA. In the following years, Valentijn Venus programmed an application programming interface (API) for the Space App Camps and will also provide an API for this year's edition that will take place from 12-19 September 2016 at the European Space Agency's Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) in Frascati, Italy.

ESA BIC Nordwijk incubatee and Space App Camp participant Wendy Mensink, Co-founder of Viridian Raven, explained the development of her business case and gave insight into her experiences as part of the ESA BIC programme. She outlined her application for risk assessment, which incorporates Sentinel- and Landsat-satellite data, together with several other data sources, to identify high-risk zones for bark beetle outbreaks.

AZO's initiatives offer you the Space of Innovation to get your business of the ground. From innovation competitions, to developer camps all the way to startup incubation - have a look at the various opportunities and choose the one that best fits your entrepreneurial needs:

Join the Leading GNSS-Related Innovation Network ESNC and Win Prizes
The ESNC's annual search for new services, products, and business innovations is designed to encourage the use of satellite navigation in everyday life. Over the past decade, it has evolved into the leading innovation competition comprising partner regions worldwide, the largest space-related incubation network and the most relevant European GNSS stakeholders offering prizes of a total worth of EUR 1 million. Submission is possible each year from 1 April - 30 June at www.esnc.eu.

Apply Now For the Space App Camp
There are thousands of ways to enrich mobile apps with big data from space - what's yours? Enter the challenge and seize the opportunity to meet with like-minded people, create mobile applications using satellite data und gain insight into ESA's work. Apply for your week at the European Space Agency in Italy before 22 July 2016 at www.app-camp.eu.

Sign Up For the Copernicus Masters and Launch Your Business With Big Data From Space
Take your chance to write your own chapter of the Copernicus Masters success story. Geared towards entrants from all over the world, the sixth edition of the biggest international competition in the commercial use of Earth observation data is on the hunt for outstanding ideas, applications, and business concepts that use such information in everyday life. Renowned partners are sponsoring prizes in seven topic-specific challenges. Along with cash prizes, the winners will receive access to a leading international network, corresponding data, startup funding, and other support valued at more than EUR 300,000 in total. The submission phase is scheduled to end on 18 July 2016 at www.copernicus-masters.com.

About AZO Space of Innovation
By leveraging its extensive experience as a specialist in building and maintaining global innovation networks and organising related competitions, AZO supports product innovations and the creation of new companies, particularly in the field of commercial aerospace applications. www.space-of-innovation.com



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