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“Penny Lane” – an app concept to a space-based solution for global insect related forest damage.

SAP for Mill Products and Mining is Cosponsor of the European Space Agency App Camp.


What is the ESA App Camp about?


Appathons with over 350 participants with nationalities from 35+ countries took place all across Europe. The contestants created designs or prototypes of 44 HCP apps. The HCP App design and coding events were conducted in partnership with the European Space Agency and Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen at Business Incubation Center locations in Germany, UK, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands and Finland. The participants consisted of many students, researchers and entrepreneurs. They used the SAP HANA Cloud Platform to develop B2B apps that utilize Earth Observation (EO) data together with business data that would be successful in the market.The jury had the hard task to select a winning team in each country from among great concepts and business cases. Each of the team members, consisting of three to five developers, was handed over a ticket to the ESA App Camp Barcelona.

The winning teams will now receive coaching to further develop their concepts, to be optimally prepared for Barcelona. From 25 Feb to 3 March, the 6 teams will be invited to the ESA App Camp, sponsored by SAP to work on their apps and compete for the grand prize, which will be presented at the Mobile World Congress 2015. The overall winners will get the chance to present their apps on the SAP stage at the MWC and be awarded prizes including 5,000 Euro cash by top-level representatives from ESA and SAP.


What is the Challenge of Mill Products and Mining about?


The SAP Mill Products and Mining challenge took place in Netherlands. The Appathon was hosted by ESA BIC Noordwijk near Amsterdam.The challenge title was: Use Big Geo Data to maximise asset utilisation while reducing environmental, health, and safety risks


Short description: The mining and mill products industry is facing huge challenges. Geological resources and renewable raw materials are scarce, the world’s population and per capita consumption continue to grow, and related risks to the environment and human health are always a concern. The ability to supply humanity with minerals, sand, stone, coal, wood, metal, and other geological resources or renewable raw materials while sustainably securing controlled, regulated mining and logging is a priority goal. Earth observation data can be used to aid mill products and mining companies – as well as public authorities – in carrying out measures that support this objective and monitoring their success.


Potential approaches:

A number of important questions provide opportunities to help solve our global resource problems:

•How can we minimise pollution and other negative impacts on the environment over the life of a mine?

•How can we do even more for the safety of people who work in mines or live nearby?

•What is the most efficient way to comply with government regulations?

•What are the best options for final reclamation of the land after a mine is closed?

•Which forest areas can or should be harvested in the short term?

•Where do storms cause damage, and what has been damaged in the past?

•Which areas are most suitable for growing certain species of trees, and why?

•Where is (severe) damage caused by fungus or insects?

•How can we discover, predict, and even prevent illegal logging and timber theft?


The Winnerteam of the Netherlands are Ana Cristina van Oijhuizen (Dutch), Aidan O’Toole (Irish), Wendy Mensink (Dutch), Lisa Broekhuizen (Dutch), introduced with “Penny Lane” an app concept to a space-based solution for global insect related forest damage.


They have their own Twitter channel is: @ESAAppCampNL .



Please find more information here: ESA APP CAMP

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