Geomatics on the Move


A challenge for innovators across the European Union to bring their Geomatics solutions to life using European satellite technologies, shaping the future of data capture and analysis.


Each entry will create and visualise their innovative Geomatics idea with the option to leverage Galileo, EGNOS or Copernicus satellite technologies as well as the skills and knowledge from the following disciplines:
Land Surveying

A tool that combines art and science to pinpoint three-dimensional positions and the measurements they encompass. Relied on to create maps and establish boundaries in many industries.


A detailed register that discloses the boundaries, value and ownership of land. Often used by legal systems to document and define land dimensions and positioning.


The scientific technique of making maps that reflect the spatial details of the earth. Cartography or Mapping relies on geomatic math to model reality correctly.


The field of earth science that allows us to understand changes in the earth’s shape. Used to model the earth into a mathematical figure for improved mapping and enhanced navigation.


Denotes shapes and features of land surfaces such as mountains, valleys and rivers. Often used to collect agricultural or environmental data for urban planning and resource management.

Geographic Info Systems

A geographic information system (GIS) allows us to fully understand spatial or geographic data. As a tool, it is often used to display geographical points based on user searches.


The scientific approach to collecting physical object and environmental data using photographic images and other electromagnetic radiations. Often used with GNSS to create low-cost mapping options for large areas.

Remote sensing

When contact-free data collection is necessary, satellite or drone-based sensor technology is a great option. Remote sensing tools are often used to examine objects in the atmosphere, land and oceans.

Urban planning

Guides the planning, design and regulation of urban development. Social and political concerns are balanced with engineering and architectural requirements in this discipline.


Involves all required processes and activities in the planning and delivery of buildings and infrastructures.

Mine Surveying

Determination of the accurate measurements for the activities related to underground workings.

Infrastructure Monitoring

GNSS tools to help monitoring critical physical infrastructure and the natural environment to prevent disasters and promptly intervene in case of emergency.

Other Applications

Are you applying one or more of the above tools and information in another industry? Consider apps that are based on geomatics but used beyond the sector itself.

Terms of reference

Please make sure you read the Terms of Reference after corrigendum here for requirements specifications and duly complete all the forms before submitting your application. 

Clarification note #1 is available here.

Clarification note #2 is available here.

Clarification note #3 is available here.

Clarification #4 is available here.

Corrigendum #1 is available here.

What we are looking for?

The aim of the contest is to create innovative geomatics applications and solutions, using Galileo and EGNOS. Solutions must demonstrate their novel approach to the use of satellite data for the geomatics field, while ensuring that their technical feasibility is accurate and will have maximal practical impact on the sector. 

The contest invites also applications from all over the European Union that integrate the use of additional technologies - using Galileo or EGNOS - such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality and virtual reality, as well as supplementary remote sensing data sources like drones and Copernicus data. Solutions animated through mobile phone applications or other easy-to-use platforms are also welcome.


The Geomatics on the Move Prize consists of two categories with five prizes each. 

  • 1st category - Traditional Geomatics: five (5) prizes will be given to solutions which main innovation is based on the usage of EGNSS, employing traditional equipment such as surveying or GIS grade GNSS Receivers for applications such as cadastral, marine and mining surveying or GIS mapping. These solutions can be supported or combined with Copernicus satellites data;
  • 2nd category - Integrated Geomatics: five (5) prizes will be given to integrated surveying solutions that use Galileo or EGNOS, leveraging cutting-edge tools and technologies like drones, mobile mapping, laser scanners or Augmented/Mixed Reality that can either be used within geomatics applications or beyond. These solutions can be supported or combined with Copernicus satellites data;


Each applicant participating in the Finals will receive a certificate of reaching the final stage. Additionally, the winner teams of the Geomatics on the Move Prize will receive the following prizes: 

  • 1st Prize of the Traditional Geomatics solution: € 5.000 (five thousand Euro)
  • 2nd Prize of the Traditional Geomatics solution: € 4.000 (four thousand Euro)
  • 3rd Prize of the Traditional Geomatics solution: € 3.000 (three thousand Euro)
  • 4th Prize of the Traditional Geomatics solution: € 2.000 (two thousand Euro)
  • 5th Prize of the Traditional Geomatics solution: € 1.000 (one thousand Euro)


  • 1st Prize of the Integrated Geomatics solution: € 5.000 (five thousand Euro)
  • 2nd Prize of the Integrated Geomatics solution: € 4.000 (four thousand Euro)
  • 3rd Prize of the Integrated Geomatics solution: € 3.000 (three thousand Euro)
  • 4th Prize of the Integrated Geomatics solution: € 2.000 (two thousand Euro)
  • 5th Prize of the Integrated Geomatics solution: € 1.000 (one thousand Euro)


Prizes shall be awarded in accordance with the principles of transparency and equal treatment and shall promote the achievement of policy objectives of the Union. 


Award Criterias and Ceremony

The following award criteria will be considered for the assessment of the proposed solutions on the First phase. The award criteria apply to both of the categories:

  • Innovation (0-10): Does the solution demonstrate an innovative approach to Geomatics products, processes, technologies or business models?
  • Technical feasibility (0-10): Does the solution propose a technically accurate and feasible use of the involved technologies?
  • Market/scientific relevance (0-10): Does this solution contribute to the development of the Geomatics profession or further scientific research in their field?
  • European navigation programmes relevance (0-10): Is the solution making use of Galileo, EGNOS? Is the increased accuracy offered by Galileo relevant for the solution? Is the increased robustness provided by multi-constellation / multi-frequency relevant for the solution?
  • Address regional development needs (0-10): Does the research solution address regional needs? Does the business idea improve the offer available in regional markets?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only applications receiving equal or more than a total score of 30 (thirty) points and ranking in the first 5 places per each category of prize will be invited to the finals.

The scores received by each finalist will be complemented by the following criteria during the final ceremony:

  • Pitch presentation quality (0-10): Is the presentation well executed and dynamic? Have the speakers complied with the allocated time? Have all aspects of the solution been presented in a clear way?


    You can discover the winning teams here




    1 Aug. 2020
    Announcement of the Competition
    23 Oct. 2020
    Submission deadline
    6 Nov. 2020
    Announcement of Selected teams to proceed to Finals
    7-11 Dec. 2020
    Live pitch and award ceremony