IoT Space Challenge with ESA

Program Kick-off in Krakow

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Participants of IoT Space Challenge

Soilspect: settlement measuring system

Soilspect team

PlanetWatch: localised air quality data

PlanetWatch team

eOdyn: oceanographic data solution

eOdyn team

World from Space: EO data interpretation and distribution

World from Space team

Skyfora: hurricane and weather condition forecasting

Skyfora team

AstroTectonic: Earthquake AI prediction system

AstroTectonic team

hubraum x European Space Agency

hubraum and the European Space Agency are collaborating on an out-of-this-world opportunity: a joint prototyping program combining IoT technology with Earth Observation (EO) data. Both partners bring their strengths to this program: the European Space Agency contributing its expertise in EO and space-based telecommunications, while hubraum deploys its extensive experience in working with startups as well as Deutsche Telekom’s IoT connectivity networks.

Together, we hope to inspire startups to dizzy new heights of innovation, supporting them with access the European Space Agency’s data, the Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem, hubraum’s campus spaces in Berlin and Krakow for workshops and prototyping, and a prize pool of up to 60,000 euros to sponsor the building of selected use cases as PoCs — along with many more benefits.

hubraum IoT Space Challenge with ESA

IoT Space Challenge

This is an eight-month joint prototyping program for startups, companies or developer teams who are building IoT or Earth Observation solutions, or who create products or services which cover both sectors. We aim to explore innovation opportunities offered by the European Earth Observation Programmes and Systems (such as Sentinel Satellites) and Future Connectivity infrastructure (terrestrial and non-terrestrial IoT communication networks).

The participants of the IoT Space Challenge will have the opportunity to participate in structured learning and development under the guidance of hubraum and ESA. You will carry out proofs of concept of use cases where combining EO with IoT data and systems could result in incredible new products or services, and determine whether your product is of interest to a given target market. Our goal is to identify new commercially-viable IoT use cases utilizing Earth Observation data and services, identify new use cases leveraging IoT for EO operations, and to explore the abilities of additional third-party platforms offering space-based IoT solutions.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking teams with expertise in IoT or EO — or both, should you have experience in these two fields. We also encourage those who are interested in B2B collaboration opportunities across the two technical domains to apply. Please note that we are looking for startups, companies or developer teams whose products are reasonably mature — you should have tested your MVP in a real-life setting.

Our program is dedicated to businesses operating in countries listed in Questions & Answers

Areas of interest

Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection:

Your product/service helps protect the environment eg. early detection of forest fires, air quality, etc.

Smart Infrastructure

Smart Infrastructure:

Your product/service gives authorities more in-depth insights eg. bridge infrastructure

Smart City

Smart City:

Your product/service helps improves the lives of citizens eg. water management 

Smart Agriculture

Smart Agriculture:

Your product/service uses data to better predict and manage agricultural tasks eg. precision farming.

Supply Chains

Supply Chains:

Your product/service makes industrial production chains more sustainable e.g. monitoring deforestation

Security and Emergencies

Security and Emergencies:

IoT and EO enable real-time emergency detection

Space-based IoT

Space-based IoT:

Satellite IoT connectivity, IoT for EO operations, dynamic satellite tasking, sensor calibration, new observational ideas

What you get

Program mentors and experts

Afzal Mangal

Founder of

Anna Burzykowska

ESA Copernicus Innovation Officer

Frank Zeppenfeldt

ESA Communications Systems Engineer

Gianluigi Baldesi

ESA Commercialisation Officer

Josep Rosello

ESA Head of Technology Coordination & Frequency Management Office

Jurry de la Mar

Head of International Sales T-Systems

Nicolas Longepe

ESA Earth Observation Data Scientist

Steven George

ESA Earth Observation Technology and Frequency Management Engineer

Valentijn Venus

Ramani Earth Observation Applications Engineer

Learning sessions

07.03.2023; 16:00

Expert: Afzal Mangal

Talk: Cellular IoT using iotcreators Platform 


14.03.2023; 16:00

Expert: Jurry de la Mar

Talk: Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem 


17.03.2023; 16:00

Expert: Frank Zeppenfeldt

Talk: Satellite IoT serving Earth Observation

21.03.2023; 16:00

Expert: Valentijn Venus

Talk: Use Cases and Applications of IoT in Space 

Cellular IoT using iotcreators Platform - IoT Space Challenge Learning Session
Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem - IoT Space Challenge Learning Session
Satellite IoT serving Earth Observation - IoT Space Challenge Learning Session
Use Cases and Applications of IoT and Space - IoT Space Challenge Learning Session

FAQ - Questions & answers

Value of the program

What’s in it for me?

By submitting your solution, you might be selected to attend the next IoT Space Challenge Pitching session in May 2023. In addition, your solution may be considered for the IoT Space Challenge, with up to 10,000 EUR in funding per team for developing your pitched use-case as Proof-of-Concept (PoC), and access to our support and insights during a course of this prototyping activity. Those who successfully participate in the IoT Space Challenge will be talked through the investment opportunities available at ESA, Deutsche Telekom, and hubraum.

What kind of support do you provide to participants?

You will be able to work with DT IoT connectivity technologies like NB-IoT/LT-M and business mentors from Deutsche Telekom, get insights about the European Earth Observation data from ESA experts, and access Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem with T-Systems expert support. Last but not least, you will also be able to use hubraum’s campuses in Berlin and Krakow and access support from our diverse team (whose expertise ranges from engineering to investment).


Who can apply for the IoT Space Challenge?

We are looking for startups, companies or developer teams who

  • are based (have their registered headquarters) in one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Canada.
  • have a reasonably mature product or service — you should have already tested out your MVP in a real-life setting. We're also open to you bringing already-developed IoT solutions or Earth Observation applications to explore how these two fields best combine.
Can I apply for your program if I have a business idea but no team or product yet?

Unfortunately not! The challenge can only be participated in by existing teams who already have a product which needs further improvement.

Application of the process

Does my company or team need to be a legal entity?

Yes. Your team must be incorporated or recognized as a legal entity at the time of your application.

How do I submit my application?

You can submit your application by filling out the application form. (before 31st March 2023)

When is the deadline for applications?

March 31, 2023. Applying early could mean you have sufficient time to refine your proposed use case prior to the challenge, so we’d encourage you to apply as early as possible.

When will I learn if my application has passed through to the next round? 

We will contact you at the beginning of April. If your application makes it to the next round, we will write back regarding the next steps. These may include a request for more information followed by an invitation to the pitching sessions.

What are the learning sessions?

During the application phase, we would like you to familiarize yourself with the different forms of technology we offer and some of the experts who will work with you. This information will allow you to better prepare your application, refine your use case for exploring a combination of IoT and Earth Observation data, and put any additional questions to us.

What is the pitching session?

Selected teams will be invited to a pitch session, where you will be able to present your company, business idea, and use case, followed by a Q&A with our selection committee. This session will last around 20-30 minutes.

Will my idea be published?

No, all applications are confidential. Applicants would be contacted for their permission if any of the information submitted were to be shared externally.

I have a question that hasn’t been covered here. Who can I contact for more information about applying and the selection process?

Please email Oskar Łopalewski (oskar (at)


How many startups will be selected for the Onboarding meeting?

Up to ten.

How will my idea be evaluated?

Applications will be scored against a set of criteria, covering business and technical aspects to evaluate how well your proposed use case caters to the scope of the prototyping activity. Your idea should present a new product or service where combining IoT and Earth Observation data adds extra value. Final evaluations will be made by the IoT Space Challenge management, which consists of experts from Deutsche Telekom and ESA.

How will the winners be selected?

During the onboarding meeting in Krakow, we retain the right to select a limited number of use case proposals (up to six) for further development in the form of sponsored Proofs of Concept.

If my application is unsuccessful, will I receive feedback?

While we will strive to give as much context and constructive suggestions to those who have applied as possible, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee feedback.

Participation (prototyping activity)

Where does the challenge happen? Will I be expected to relocate to a specific location?

The challenge will consist of virtual and physical meetings. Physical meetings will be organized at locations in Poland, Italy and/or the Netherlands. Each of them will last for a maximum of a few days. You will not be obliged to re-locate your company for the challenge. However, Hubraum campus spaces in Kraków and Berlin are available to participants upon request for the duration of the prototyping.

How long will it last? 

After selecting respective participants, the challenge will last from May 2023 till September 2023. 

What would I have to do during the challenge?

If you were selected, participating in the challenge would mean attending up to three non-virtual meetings, each of which will last between two and three days. Winning teams would have to develop their use cases as a Proof-of-Concept to confirm whether their combination of IoT and Earth Observation data might have commercial potential.

Are there costs related to participating?

No! Besides which, the cost of participating in the physical meetings will be covered by us (like transportation and accommodation) for up to two members of each team.

Will hubraum invest in my company?

Equity investment is not an obligatory part of the challenge. However, hubraum investment team is open to discussions about specific investment opportunities.

Terms & conditions of the IoT Space Challenge

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