Galileo – Europe’s own global navigation satellite system (GNSS) – is interoperable with the American GPS and other sat-nav systems. With more than 1.5 billion Galileo-enabled smartphones and more than 51 million GNSS-enabled wearable devices in the market, the Location-Based Services (LBS) sector is (unsurprisingly) booming.
To drive innovation in the LBS sector further, the #MyGalileoSolution competition is now open for applications. This exciting contest is targeting European innovators and entrepreneurs ready to develop location-based solutions, such as mobile applications, wearable-based solutions, asset management and tracking solutions, or robotics, leveraging Galileo as a source of positioning, navigation and/or timing.
Applications from all EU Member States is encouraged and expected, so read on!
Meet the GSA
The competition has been launched by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Union Agency in charge of managing operations, security and service provision for Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Galileo and EGNOS. GSA has a successful track record of supporting and boosting GNSS-based innovative applications. If you apply for this competition you’ll be in good hands, as they’ve been running leading research and innovation initiatives for years, such as the Galileo Masters, Horizon 2020 projects, and more recently European competitions like the 2019 MyGalileoApp and Hackathons across Europe and beyond.
Apply to #MyGalileoSolution
With a prize pool of almost €1.5 million, MyGalileoSolution is the largest competition ever organized by the GSA. It consists of two independent and parallel tracks, each one with a list of goals and deliverables:
- Track 1: From Idea to Prototype, aims to develop a beta version of an application or a prototype of a solution implementing an idea, reaching minimum 50% of its functionality.
- Track 2: From Prototype to Product, aims to develop a fully functional solution ready to be commercialised starting from a beta version of an application or a prototype.
Participants are expected to leverage Galileo’s robust positioning, accurate timing and synchronization capabilities, showing how it can enable the development of the next generation of applications and services across a wide range of areas. In this competition the GSA is challenging innovators in four different areas: Crisis & Emergency Response; Smart Transport for Green Deal; Solution for Digital Age; and Cybersecurity.
There are 56 prizes available through the competition, too. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for both Track 1 and Track 2 range from €10K – €60K. Additionally, the 30 best ideas in Track 1 will receive a prize of €15K, and the 20 best beta applications/prototypes in Track 2 will win a prize of €40K.
Interested in applying? The deadline for submission for all categories is Wednesday September 30. Projects will be evaluated in terms of their innovative nature, market potential, feasibility, and Galileo relevance by a panel of GSA experts. Those thinking of applying can join the final GSA webinar on Monday 21 September to find out how to submit a stellar application and network to meet partners.
To learn more about the MyGalileoSolution competition and level up your location-based solution, check out the website and apply before Wednesday 30 September.