July 7, 2014

T-Systems to Hold First Big Data Challenge

July 7 — T-Systems International GmbH, one of the initiating partners of the Earth monitoring competition Copernicus Masters, will award the best application or service idea that makes use of big data analytics technologies to provide Earth observation intelligence on demand via a user-oriented web portal or mobile devices.

The first T-Systems Big Data Challenge is particularly calling for solutions that offer benefits to European cities and their public administrations, which face challenges in meeting increased demand for mobility, urban logistics, and tourism while simultaneously reducing negative environmental impacts. Any kind of big data application that uses combined sensor data and cloud computing infrastructure will be considered for the prize.

Big data analytics is a quickly growing market that analysts are calling a paradigm shift in deriving intelligence and information from vast amounts of data. In the future, data and services derived from the European Earth Observation and Monitoring Programme Copernicus will be available in completely new dimensions through the use of extensive monitoring data from space and sensor networks that can be processed in near-real time. Providing such future Copernicus services to a wide variety of users and industries will entail building on big data and cloud computing technologies to create commercially attractive and sustainable services.

The winner of the Big Data Challenge will be assisted by T-Systems International GmbH in getting their project off the ground. This will include assistance in realising an innovation project, which could lead to a long-term partnership. In addition the winner qualifies for the overall prize of the Copernicus Masters competition – a cash prize of EUR 20,000 along with a satellite data package worth an additional EUR 60,000 (provided with financial support of the European Commission).

In 2014, for the first time, the Copernicus Masters is carried out on a worldwide basis. Geared primarily toward start-ups and other companies, researchers, and students, the competition will require entrants to submit their applications from 15 April to 20 July 2014 at www.copernicus-masters.com.

For more details on the T-Systems Big Data Challenge please go to www.t-systems.copernicus-masters.com