Galileo Masters: a springboard for your ideas

17 June 2020
Galileo Masters: a springboard for next-generation space applications
Galileo Masters: a springboard for next-generation space applications

Have an idea that uses Galileo positioning to address a pressing societal challenge? Take it to the next level by entering it in this year’s Galileo Masters competition. Every year, the Galileo Masters acts as a springboard for exciting new ideas and awards new applications and services that use Galileo and EGNOS, also in synergy with other space programmes, to respond to pressing needs facing business and society.

As in previous years, in 2020 the Galileo Masters partner challenges offer excellent opportunities for forward‐thinking ideas based on space data to make the jump from the drawing board to a working app. The deadline for submissions is 30 June, so there is still time to apply. Even if your idea is not yet fully formed, make sure to register so you can receive information about all the great support activities and additional opportunities that arise throughout the submission phase. You can register here.

This year there is a total of EUR 750,000 up for grabs across seven key challenges, of which the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is sponsoring three. The GSA’s Space for Being Safe and Healthy Challenge is looking for solutions that use downstream space data provided by Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus to help stem the spread of COVID-19. 

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In its Space for Fun Challenge, the GSA is targeting solutions using data from Galileo and EGNOS in the gaming, sports and leisure, and tourism markets. This challenge covers a number of market segments and so has a lot of scope for new ideas that need accurate and authenticated positioning. Finally, the Space for our Planet Challenge, aims to tackle climate change and environmental degradation, which represent an existential threat in Europe and worldwide. 

Space for future generations

“The focus of the GSA challenges in 2020 is essentially children. We are targeting applications that leverage space to make the world a better place for future generations,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani. “Pandemics like COVID-19 represent an ever-present threat and, although it was conceived before the current pandemic, the Space for Being Safe and Healthy Challenge aims to channel space tech into meeting this challenge,” she said.

“The other great threat to future generations comes from climate change, and solutions that will help with climate change adaptation and mitigation are our target in the Space for our Planet Challenge,” Diani said. “But there is a light-hearted side to this year’s challenges also – children deserve to play and have fun, and we hope to find some exciting new ideas for sports and games in our Space for Fun challenge,” she said.

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The GSA is co-hosting a webinar ‘Space for future generations’ on 17 June 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CEST along with competition organiser AZO and winner of last year’s Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge Xylene. The webinar will focus on the Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge and the benefits offered by synergies between the two European space programmes, while exploring potential applications with commercial and societal benefits arising from these synergies. Interested? Find out more here.

Inspiration from the past

While fine-tuning your idea for this year’s competition, you might take some inspiration from past winners. The overall winner at last year’s Galileo Masters was Performance Cockpit, a business intelligence system that aims to lessen the environmental footprint of the aviation sector by increasing operational efficiency and considerably reducing fuel consumption. 

The Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge in 2019 went to Xylene, an app that revolutionises the way timber is supplied to the market. The concept behind the Xylene app is to document every step of the timber supply chain, from the forest to the final product. 

Winner in the 2019 "Start-up of the Year" category was PODIS (POst DIstress Signal). PODIS is a client-server IoT solution for automatic crash notification. Its unique selling point is its patented methodology for filtering out false alarms, which it does on the server side. In this way PODIS maximises use of the “golden hour” within which trauma professionals aim to get injured people into hospital to increase their chances of survival.

Finally, Idea of the Year in 2019 went to CX Geodrone, which is developing a drone payload based on radar equipment and post-processing techniques for geo-referenced data to complement (and sometimes replace) LiDAR laser technologies and take the next step in underground detection applications.

Inspired? Sign up now and take your idea to the next level in the Galileo Masters 2020!

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Updated: Jun 18, 2020