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CASSINI - Prizes and Competitions

CASSINI Hackathons & Mentoring

Europe-wide CASSINI Hackathons are a major opportunity to develop ideas for a digital application building on space data, including satellite images and positioning services. They are particularly addressed to students, graduates, researchers and teams/start-ups in their very early stages.  Each hackaton takes place simultaneously in ten European cities and the local organisers will offer everything you need to form a great team, learn about accessing space data, identifying customer needs, and start working on your digital solution.

One winner from each of the ten locations will proceed to the pitching finals, and the three best teams will win attractive prizes, including six months of qualified mentoring from the best space-business coaches in Europe. There will also be plenty of prizes offered by sponsors to the participants in each of the ten locations.

  • The 5th CASSINI Hackathon: Space for Defence & Security will take place from 24 to 26 March 2023: Register here

Participants will put their skills to the test and work on common challenges for the security & defence sector, innovating with earth observation data from Copernicus and satellite positioning and navigation services from Galileo & EGNOS with cybersecurity in mind from the start. 

Check the Hackathon website for detailed challenges.


Registration timeline


CASSINI myEUspace Competition

A space competition to support the development of innovative commercial solutions - such as mobile apps or hardware-based solutions - that are leveraging EU Space data from the Galileo positioning system and Copernicus Earth Observation images. It offers the chance to win prizes from a €1 million prize pool, and get qualified mentoring to develop digital application or physical product. Applications are now closed.

See the results here




The objective of the CASSINI Prizes is to develop close-to-market digital applications based on European space data, including satellite images, positioning services and other sources and to demonstrate solutions to tackle global environmental and societal challenges. The prizes require both state-of the-art technology and a convincing business concept. The best proposals will present their prototypes on the spot and get the chance to compete for a sizeable monetary prize.

The current prize focuses on state-of-the art space solutions to support plastic wastes removal and prevention of ocean pollution. The prize will be awarded to one or several best data-driven marine or maritime digital application(s) meeting the criteria of the contest and is expected to leverage more private investment capital to the winning contestant.

Deadline to submit application is on 03 May 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time.

  • Rules of the Contest are available here
  • Prize on the F&T portal is published here

Stay tune for other EUSPA publication of CASSINI Prizes

EU Space for Marine Ecosystem protection