2016 Festive Awards Ceremony
The 2016 joint Awards Ceremony of Europe's major innovation competitions for space applications - the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and the Copernicus Masters - will take place on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 in Madrid.

This festive event will recognise the year's most outstanding applications for Galileo and Copernicus in various categories. The prizes will be presented by high-ranking representatives from politics, industry entities, research organisations, and other institutions.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016
19:00 Meet-and-greet
19:30 Presentation of the winners
21:30 Networking reception

Circulo De Bellas Artes De Madrid
Alcalá, 42
28014 Madrid, Spain

Please indicate in your conference registration that you wish to attend the Awards Ceremony (seats are limited) and the Satellite Masters Conference. Participation is free, but required.

European Satellite Navigation Competition
Having started in 2004 with three partner regions, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has since grown into a leading global network of innovation and expertise in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Its annual search for new services, products, and business innovations is designed to encourage the use of satellite navigation in everyday life.
Each year, the ESNC's global partner regions and key institutional stakeholders award prizes worth approximately EUR 1 million - including cash, business incubation, coaching, patent consulting, prototyping and marketing support, access to customers and user communities, and publicity in the world's leading satellite navigation network. More than 130 partners, including the most relevant European GNSS stakeholders, support participants in taking the next step with their business cases. Since its inception, the competition has awarded a total of 272 winners, which have been chosen based on the 3,343 ideas submitted by more than 10,000 participants. Many of these business cases have already been implemented and successfully brought to market.
A network of more than 240 international experts from the realms of industry, research, and politics is entrusted with evaluating the ideas submitted to the ESNC. In the 2016 edition, 24 regional prizes and 8 special prizes will be awarded.

The submission phase of the ESNC will run from 1 April to 11 July 2016.

Copernicus Masters
Earth observation and the big data it produces hold huge potential for the creation of innovative products and services. Myriad industries and areas of public interest stand to profit from the advances of the Copernicus programme. On behalf of ESA, Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) and its world-class partners launched the Copernicus Masters in 2011 as part of its mission to foster user uptake of Copernicus Services.
This international competition awards prizes to innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. After receiving more than 700 submissions from nearly 60 countries, the organisers have selected and rewarded 40 winners over the past five years. These services offer an exciting glimpse into the future of Copernicus services along the entire value chain and affirm the growing importance of Earth observation in virtually every sphere of our daily lives.
In this year's edition, prizes worth EUR 300,000 will be awarded in topic-specific challenges sponsored by a number of world-class partners, including: the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), T-Systems International GmbH, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd., the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), and Stevenson Astrosat Ltd. In addition, the University Challenge specifically addressed students and research assistants around the world.
Experts from the realms of research and industry will select the winner of each challenge. The overall winner - the 2016 Copernicus Master - will receive (along with their challenge prize) EUR 10,000 in cash and a satellite data package which is being provided with the financial support of the European Commission.

The submission phase of the Copernicus Masters will run from 15 April to 25 July 2016.