Galileo Masters 2020 now open!

02 April 2020
The Galileo Masters has been rewarding the best EGNSS-based innovation since 2004.
The Galileo Masters has been rewarding the best EGNSS-based innovation since 2004.

The 2020 edition of the Galileo Masters opened for submissions on April 1st,  seeking to award applications, services and new ideas that use Galileo and EGNOS also in synergy with other space programmes to respond to pressing needs facing business and society.

The 2020 competition has three GSA challenges under the theme Space for Future Generations

Since it began in 2004, the Galileo Masters has scouted for the most forward‐thinking applications based on Galileo and EGNOS and this year is no different. Innovators and entrepreneurs are invited to submit their solutions to the competition by the deadline of 30 June 2020. The most innovative of these will be able to share in more than EUR 750,000 worth of cash prizes. Sounds interesting? To register, click here.

GSA Challenges

The GSA is partnering with Galileo Masters in three challenges in this year’s competition, all under the theme of: Space for Future Generations. The first of these, the Space for our Planet Challenge, aims to tackle climate change and environmental degradation, which represent an existential threat in Europe and worldwide. Services based on data from Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus Earth observation can be used to mitigate this threat by supporting more environmentally-conscious life choices, resulting in a healthier planet. Have an idea about how to save the planet? Let us know about it.

Currently very relevant, the Space for Being Safe and Healthy Challenge is looking for solutions that use downstream space data provided by Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus as key enablers of innovative applications to help stem the spread of COVID-19. Solutions are expected to help public authorities to monitor and analyse emergency situations of this nature and increase public awareness about viruses like the coronavirus. To register for this challenge, click here.

Read this: Calling for GNSS apps supporting the COVID-19 emergency response and recovery

In its Space for Fun Challenge, the GSA is targeting solutions using data from Galileo and EGNOS in the gaming, sports, leisure and tourism markets, where GNSS enables the monitoring of user performance and helps make augmented reality games even more immersive. Covering a number of market segments, this challenge has a lot of scope for new ideas that need accurate and authenticated positioning information. Ready to accept the challenge? Sign up here!

In all three challenges, there is a cash prize of EUR 10,000 up for grabs, with another EUR 10,000 awarded to the concept that is selected at the Galileo Masters 2020 overall winner. What’s more, participants in this year’s competition are in with a chance of winning one of six tailored Galileo Incubation prizes worth up to EUR 62,000 each.

Inspiration from the past

Even if your concept is not yet fully formed, make sure to register early. That way you will receive information about all the great support activities and additional opportunities that arise throughout the submission phase. Registration is free and available to participants from around the world. To find out more, click here

Meanwhile, as you are fine-tuning your concept, why not look to previous winners for inspiration:

Performance Cockpit takes overall prize at Galileo Masters 2019

Smart Gate takes first place in GSA Special Prize at ESNC

Winner of ‘EU at 60 – Space for Europe’ Special Prize helps keep kids safe

Drones2GNSS takes this year’s GSA Special Prize

And the 2015 winner is…

And the winner is…

He shoots, he scores! JOHAN wins EGNOS prize at ESNC 2013

Sound idea wins EGNOS prize at ESNC 2012

GSA satnav Prize winner creating system for Mini-UAVs in controlled airspace

Next generation navigation system scoops 2010 GSA Prize

GSA awards Special Topic Prize at Galileo Masters competition

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Updated: May 16, 2023