SGAC Announces the FFG/bmvit/SGAC Space Apps Competition 2013 Winner

3 September, 2013

SGAC announces today the winner of the FFG/bmvit/SGAC Space Apps Competition 2013, awarding a scholarship for describing an innovative space application.

SGAC Announces the FFG/bmvit/SGAC Space Apps Competition 2013 Winner

3 September, 2013

SGAC announces today the winner of the FFG/bmvit/SGAC Space Apps Competition 2013, awarding a scholarship for describing an innovative space app: Markus Enenkel. Markus will attend the 12th Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Beijing, China.

The scholarship essay described the SAMDRA initiative (Satellites and Mobile phones for Drought Risk Assessment), which aims to improve food insecurity monitoring via satellite technologies and with the help of a mobile phone application. This scholarship was open to all Austrian students and young professionals 18-35 years of age. The applicant's package includes round-trip travel, hoteling, and registration for SGC. SGAC would like to thank the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology for supporting the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG to be able to fund this scholarship.

FFG is the national funding institution for applied research and development in Austria. The Aeronautics and Space Agency of FFG is the docking station to the international space world for Austrian business and science. The agency implements national space policy and represents Austria on international space committees, especially in the European Space Agency ESA. The Aeronautics and Space Agency helps young, qualified graduate scientists, as well as talented undergraduate students to take advantage of educational and advanced training opportunities and to secure work placements at key space research centres in Austria and abroad.

About Markus Enenkel (Austria)

Markus Enenkel earned a BSc of Environmental Sciences and a Joint MSc Degree in Natural Resource Management and Ecological Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Vienna, Austria) and at Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand). Currently, he works as researcher and project manager at the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation (Vienna University of Technology). Markus' PhD links earth observation to crowd sourcing to develop a new decision-support tool for humanitarian aid organizations that are active in the field of food security monitoring and management.


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