6-10 September 2019

Pi School, Rome & ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

Top applicants selected for the PhiWeek Bootcamp

1. August 2019

Applications have now closed for the PhiWeek Bootcamp. A total of 90 applicants applied to join an intensive 5-day action-packed design sprint to prototype a solution, solving a big industry challenge using earth observation data. We have now selected 40 participants from around the world who will work in teams to contribute their ideas and skills to the event.

The number, quality and range of applications have seriously impressed the organising team. Out of the 90 applications, the average age is 31 and median age is 29. The youngest applicant is 19 years of age, with the oldest being 64. The Bootcamp has attracted a good balance between men and women including students, young professionals, entrepreneurs, academics and industry professionals from a diverse range backgrounds such as physics, engineering, computer science, teaching, law, business, psychology, conservation, sustainability, policy and law.

We received applications from all around the world from 28 countries including: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands Nicaragua, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and USA

Narrowing down the great quality of applications has been a very difficult decision for the organising team. We have now selected 40 participants who have been informed of our decision. A waiting list is open for those who ranked highly but narrowly didn’t make it into the top 40.

About the PhiWeek Bootcamp
The PhiWeek Bootcamp is hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA) in the framework of Phi-Week. It is an intensive 5-day event, which guides participants through the design sprint process, answering critical questions in the design, prototyping, and testing of ideas relating to Earth Observation.

The goal is for 40 pre-selected participants from around the world to work in teams to respond to a specific industry challenge. The solutions will be tested with a set of users and then presented to a jury that awards prizes to the best prototype, which has the potential to be commercialised.

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About the ESA Φ-week
The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a Φ-week event, 9-13 September 2019, focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO – to review the latest developments in Open Science trends. The week will include a variety of events (e.g. inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, startup pitch, hackathons) to connect multi-disciplinary communities – from EO researchers, data scientists, non-space corporates, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, up to startup and innovators – to (i) explore together how EO Open Science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies and (ii) help shape FutureEO missions and services.

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