The app must address a problem in public administration or wider civil society using free and publicly available earth observation and geo-spatial data sourced from the European Copernicus programme and other datasets made available by various Maltese public sector entities, among them the Government Geo-Portal. The value of the ideas proposed must be validated by market research aimed to test a hypothesis that citizens or businesses will use and consume such a proposed solution.
The selected Startups will experience transformation of their idea into a prototype for testing, deployment and use in a real life scenario, while enjoying the benefits of developing and retaining their own Intellectual Property. They will also gain the privilege of ongoing interaction with MITA, the MCST and a reputable organisation appointed by the European Space Agency to assist in the transformation of the data into meaningful information. Depending on the technologies chosen to support the proof-of-concept, the MIH will also liaise with any multinational partner interested in providing technical mentorship or resources of relevance to the project.