MyGalileoApp Competition mentors


Piotr Bucki

#Marketing #Branding #UX

Piotr is an architect who does not design, an academic teacher who does not fit schemes, a communication fanatic addicted to analyses and social psychologist always looking for WHY? He considers himself a modern-day Hermes – a researcher who combines different inspirations to come up with new solutions. He collects ideas and merges them into new ones and he aims to build it all on a solid neuroscientific base. Piotr works with companies big and small, local and global, offering them support and a bit of a struggle with communication strategies. He also teaches and trains in a wide range of communication-related areas. Marketing, PR, Branding, UX, Copywriting – name it and he will gather data, analyses them and come up with tools & stories to support your project. Piotr works mainly in Marketing and R&D but he also teaches at 3 different universities.

Miguel Torroja – Broadcom

#chipset #signalprocessing #dualfrequency

Miguel Torroja is a Principal GNSS Software Engineer working at Broadcom for more than ten years. He has been involved in many different phases of the development of the GNSS chips: Android and Linux drivers, signal processing in the receiver and positioning engine.

His most recent work in GNSS was with dual frequency and carrier phase algorithms for the 4775x family chip and he is currently working in the tight integration of sensors with the GNSS solution. Miguel is also an enthusiast of open source for more than 20 years.

Ed Parsons – Google

#GoogleLocation #GeospatialTechnologist #geography

Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Governments, Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology. 

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and was co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and an Executive Fellow at the University of Aberdeen Business School. More info at:

Willem Bulthuis

#Businessmodel #Go-to-market #ValueProposition #Fundraising

Willem has 30 years of Executive Experience in Global High-Tech Corporations like Philips Electronics, NXP Semiconductors, Giesecke & Devrient, secunet Security Networks AG, as Global Sales Executive, Group CTO and Board Member. Lived in Europe and Silicon Valley. Today, he is a Venture Partner at a Silicon Valley – based DeepTech VC; an Advisor to European Corporates on Start-up Cooperation; a Mentor, Board Member and Investor of Start-ups; and a Mentor at several Accelerators.

Zane Smilga, Verhaert - Masters in Innovation

#ProductDevelopment #InnovationManagement

Zane has more than 15 years’ experience in the area of innovation management & new product development. Currently, Zane is head of the Innovation Lab at Verhaert, where she not only acts as a valued coach, but also coordinates all consulting projects so they deliver beyond expectations but within due delivery. She executed innovation engagements for multinationals such as Villeroy&Boch, Henkel, Procter & Gamble, ABinbev, Bavaria, Atlas Copco, Terumo, as well as SMEs and research organisations. Zane has experience across multiple industries allowing to bring learning from one market to another with proven track record in cross-functional cooperation.

Moisés Navarro-Gallardo 

#GNSS #RawMeasurements #SignalProcessing

Moisés Navarro-Gallardo has been involved in the several projects with ESA and GSA working on the research of signal processing techniques for GNSS signals. He has been working in ESA Navigation Receiver laboratories supporting Galileo program during the IOT and IOV phases and several projects related to Galileo and GNSS receivers. 

Currently he is the technical coordinator of the User Segment Support Team within the Galileo Support Project working for GSA carrying on several Galileo testing campaigns. He is member of the GSA GNSS Raw measurement Task Force.

Lukasz Bonenberg

#GNSS #RawMeasurements #Localisation

Dr Lukasz Bonenberg is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham working on precise and mass market navigation, sensor fusion and positioning resilience. He has 15 years of experience in industry (precise positioning and engineering), research and teaching. Some of his code can be found at Github (DfAC). 

Lukasz is a Corporate Member of Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors, member of the Institute of Navigation (ION) and the GSA GNSS Raw measurement Task Force.

Fabrice Testa

#Strategy #Businessmodel #Fundraising

Fabrice Testa is a serial entrepreneur, a business angel and a deep tech expert who successfully founded, co-founded or participated in the launch of multiple tech startups which created hundreds of jobs and generated multi-millions revenues. He has an international experience with extensive know-how in innovation with both disruptive technology and business models. Fabrice has knowledge/interest/experience in space, AI, robotics, blockchain, energy. He holds a Master in Business Management from Solvay Business School of Brussels as well as a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Liege. Fabrice has also completed an Executive Program in Strategy & Innovation at MIT Sloan School of Management, an Executive Program in Venture Capital at Berkeley Haas School of Business and a Professional Education Program in Machine Learning at MIT.  He is also a member of Singularity University Abundance 360 and a Leadership Team Member of Singularity University Luxembourg Chapter, which gives him a special insight and knowledge into exponential technologies and organizations.

Fabrice’s preferred quote is from Peter Diamandis: "The day before something is a breakthrough it's a crazy idea".

Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner

#GeoIT #Wherecamp #droidcon

Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner studied aerospace engineering with Control and Computer Science in Stuttgart, Paris and Vancouver. He specialized in Spatial Data Infrastructures in his doctorate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and System Engineering in Berlin, Dortmund and also at the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), Institute for Computing (ICT) Beijing. Later he was appointed for a professorship in Berlin in 2008 and started to support the Android Community with #droidcon and the GeoIT community with #GeoIT. The Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation e.V. ( voted him for president in 2015. He is member of the jury of the startup up award “Digital Innovations” of the German Federal Ministry for Economics and program chair of the GeoIT Wherecamp conferences and GeoIT Talks. He encouraged the GNSS raw data working group of GSA.

In 2018 and 2019 Roland Wagner was appointed as visiting professor at the University of Tokyo at the Center for Spatial Information Science (CSIS) of the Institute for Industrial Science (IIS) and focused on autonomous driving.

Thibaut Rouffineau – Ubuntu

#FastIterations #MarketingMeetsTech #TeamWork

Thibaut has been active in the mobile, telecom, software world for the past 20 years as an all-rounder from the research labs to the telecom shelter, from core network to core OS, from photons to airwaves and from product management to community strategy.

As an entrepreneur he’s co-founded a digital marketing agency, an innovation management software platform and a nutritionist-in-your pocket app and built large developer event brands. As VP Marketing at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, he helps developers build tomorrow's technologies, whether they be in large enterprise or start-ups.

Francesco Perticarari

#cpp #SignalProcessing #PythonML #StartupBusinessModelling #StartupFundraise

Francesco cofounded Silicon Roundabout, the organisation behind the largest tech community in the UK. Through Silicon Roundabout and its investor syndicate, Francesco helps tech innovators connect, share ideas and grow. Thanks to Silicon Roundabout, startups like Oxbotica, Demand Logic, VividQ, BlueVision Labs, Monzo and TransferWise have connected with developers, tech enthusiasts, investors or larger organisations since 2011. A software developer trained on C++ in a past life, Francesco believes that Tech and Entrepreneurship together can help us build a better future.

Francesco regularly leads workshops on entrepreneurship, startup know-how, and the tech job market. Besides Silicon Roundabout, Francesco founded and still owns the award-winning boutique property firm AGAPE Properties, which specialises in real estate development, management and investment in the UK.

He has mentored developers and entrepreneurs from institution such as London Metropolitan University, Cass Business School, and Goldsmiths - University of London and has spoken at conferences such as London Blockchain Week, London Fintech Week, Alta Scuola Politecnica - XIII Cycle and Connected World Summit & AI Tech World. When is not working, Francesco loves spending time reading, travelling, cooking Italian dishes or listening to electronic music.

Paul Dinulescu

#iosapps #startupslondon #createml #appdevelopment

Paul is a startup entrepreneur and investor with a 12 year background in finance. For the past few years he has been involved in mentoring startup founders at Founders Institute, Cass Business School, Metropolitan University, UCL and Imperial College. 

He is also an iOS app developer, coding with Swift. He has experience working with ARKit, CreateML and CoreML. When developing apps he focuses on User Experience(Human Interface Design) and User Interface(Material Design) as well as integrating Apple's core technologies that align with Apple's values. 

He advocates creating apps that tell a compelling story, use latest Apple technologies and are a great innovative product that fits in Apple's ecosystem.

Miquel Garcia-Fernandez - Rokubun

#GNSS #Android #Fundraising #NavigationAlgorithms

Miquel Garcia-Fernandez is a research engineer in the GNSS field with more than 15 years of experience. His experience covers mainly the development and implementation of algorithms and models for navigation and atmospheric sounding using GNSS. He has worked in international institutions such as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, US), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and University of Kyoto (Japan).

He is co-founder and technical director at Rokubun S.L., a company aimed at developing and creating accurate and scalable navigation solutions for mass-market applications such as LBS.

Elena Megias

#GalileoUserServicesSupport #UseGalileo

Elena is a Geodesy and cartography engineer who has been working at the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) based in Madrid, Spain, for two years now. The GSC is one of the Galileo Service Facilities that supports the provision of Galileo services and acts as the only interface between the Galileo System and the User Community and manages requests from other Service Centres.

She has more than 17 years’ experience in the area of design and development of Geographic Information System (GIS) such as Smallworld, ArcGis, and Microstation in several software languages: magik, C, mdl, .NET. She has recently joined the GSA GNSS Raw measurements task force.

Daniel Bernao - AWS

#OpenData #Innovation #ProductStategy #Cloud #MachineLearning

Daniel is a Solution Architect in AWS for Public Sector. He works very close to Open Data initiatives and geospatial projects. With more than 15 years in the IT industry, he is helping public administration, government agencies, education and research institutions to innovate and deliver better services for their citizens thanks to the cloud. Daniel has experience in product design and technical leadership.

Richard Süselbeck- HERE

#OpenData #Innovation #ProductStategy #Cloud #MachineLearning

Richard Süselbeck is a Principal Developer Evangelist for HERE Technologies, the world's leading location technology company. With over a decade of experience in teaching and training developers, he travels the globe to help them build the world of tomorrow using the HERE Location APIs. Richard has a PhD in Information Systems and lives in Berlin with his wife and no dogs.

Maaike Dokter - Xablu

#participatorydesign #healthcare #brainstorm #UI/UX

Maaike believes that good applications are made together. With her expertise in UI/UX and her specialization in the healthcare domain, she strives to create applications that matter. In too many cases, the application never reaches the end-user. By ensuring the solution matches the problem, the usability matches the user and the application fits the context, the application has a higher chance of being adopted and delivering the impact it is meant to have. Participatory design is crucial to achieve this. Moreover, fixing issues early saves time and money later. Maaike currently works at Xablu, the cross-platform company. She has a background in Human Computer Interaction and Design with a focus on accessibility and adaptivity. She has experience with working in start-ups as well as consultancy.

Henk Kok - Xablu

#Strategyzer #Xamarin #Tizen #Cloud #IIoT #EngagementJourneys

Xablu Founder and CEO ir. Henk Kok is best known for his strategic vision on developing and marketing Cloud Enabled Services like mobile applications. With a clear understanding of the shifting dynamics of the Cloud business environment, Henk leads Xablu with a strong commitment to customers and partners to help them to achieve immediate business value by bridging the gap between Tech and Market.

Henk holds an M.Sc. in Applied Physics, from the University of Twente, The Netherlands.

Sven de Caluwe - PegusApps

#UXdesign #UIdesign #User-centric

Sven, the senior product designer at PegusApps, is a big proponent of user-centric design. Everything he does starts from the user’s point of view, providing solutions to questions that the user hadn’t even asked yet. His background in UI and UX design provides him with the insight needed to make products for people, products that people love to use and products that people come back to.

Klaas Neirinck - PegusApps

#SoftwareEngineer #Backend #Frontend

Klaas is an R&D Manager and Senior Software Engineer at PegusApps, and whether it is creating, running or maintaining infrastructure to developing an api backend, all the way to making the web/app frontend, he will do it. He can program with ease in C, C++, python, Java, and has a good knowledge of android, javascript and HTML. He knows how to deal with the cloud, many libraries, developer tools; network management and embedded development.

Updated: May 16, 2023