Second Galileo Hackathon: warming up the engines

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Published: 
25 January 2017
The Galileo Hackathon: a unique opportunity to join forces to develop the next generation of location-based apps.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is busy making plans for the next adventure in app building, and the new 2016 Galileo Hackathon video shows you what it’s all about.

Last year teams of passionate coders and geo-enthusiasts from around the world gathered to compete during the first GSA Galileo Hackathon. It was a great opportunity to showcase coding skills, connect with the Geo-IoT (Internet of Things) app development community, and gain a competitive insight on what Galileo location-based services (LBS) can bring to your mobile device.

The challenge: to come up with an innovative application that makes full use of Galileo’s unique capabilities in 24 hours or less. Following an energetic, busy and pizza-infused day, the judges announced the winners. Taking home the prize for the most innovative app was the Didactic Disco multi-player map game, described as “a fun map drawing game, but one that has potential for serious use too”. Meanwhile, the Rovers_Movers neighbourhood watch app won the prize for most potential to make an impact on society.

The highlight reel

Now, you can relive all the excitement of the first Galileo Hackathon – while already starting to think about the next edition – with a new video:


1st Galileo Hackathon - watch the video here

If that video leaves you excited and ready to empower your app with Galileo, there’s good news! The GSA is already planning the next adventure in app building, scheduled to coincide with infoShare 2017, 17 to 19 May in Gdansk, Poland.

“We will again be bringing together chipset manufacturers, mobile device manufacturers, academia and the best Geo-IoT and LBS app developers to learn about how to leverage the benefits of Galileo and to compete in our second hackathon,” says GSA Market Development Officer Justyna Redelkiewicz Musial.   

Hackathoners can expect prizes, webinars, learning opportunities and a chance to meet the people behind the hardware and software that enables satellite navigation and Galileo applications.

Interested in taking your location-based app to the next level? Registration opens here on March 1st!. And be sure to stay tuned for information on the next Galileo Hackathon.

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Updated: Feb 28, 2017