The GSA wants to put your coding skills to the test

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15 September 2016
The challenge: come up with innovative LBS applications that make full use of Galileo’s numerous capabilities.


Are you a passionate coder wanting to shape the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT (Internet of Things)? Maybe you’re already working on an LBS-based application? Or perhaps you want to test your skills while developing a prototype?

Either way, the Galileo Hackathon is for you. 

The two-day hackathon is a unique opportunity to showcase your coding skills, connect with the GEO-IoT app development community, gain a competitive advantage for your future projects and compete for a chance to win exciting prizes. Competitors will also be amongst the very first to utilise Galileo-enabled mobile phones.

As Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information that will greatly benefit European services and users – including the LBS community. Being fully compatible with all existing and future GNSS (i.e., GPS, GLONASS, etc.), Galileo enables a seamless and accurate experience for multi-constellation users worldwide. With Galileo Initial Services set to launch this year, the Galileo Hackathon is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get in on the ground floor and help shape the future of Location Based Services.

1st Galileo Hackathon - watch the video here

The challenge

The challenge to you is to come up with innovative applications that make full use of the Galileo’s numerous capabilities. There are no limitations on the types of applications you can submit, so be creative and show us how your application will bring an added commercial or societal value by using Galileo services.

Judges from the mobile technology and LBS industry, along with GNSS experts, will evaluate applications based on their level of innovation, benefit(s) to society, market readiness, usefulness, usability and design. Two winners will be announced, one for the most innovative Galileo app and one for the app having the most substantial societal impact, with both winners receiving a cash prize of EUR 500.00 and having their work featured on the GSA website.

The details

The Hackathon is open to any individual or team of two to four people interested in developing new applications using Galileo. The Hackathon will be held November 3 – 4 during WhereCamp, the ‘unconference’ dedicated to geolocation enthusiasts and professionals, at Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences. All participants must register for both WhereCamp Berlin and the Galileo Hackathon and must commit to participating in both days of the event. Registration is free. Galileo-enabled mobile phones will be provided, so all you need to bring is your laptop and a good idea. On-site technical support will also be available.

More information and registration can be found here.

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Updated: Jan 16, 2017