European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC)

Updated: Oct 01, 2018

06 August 2017 (All day)
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Prizes & competitions
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The European Satellite Navigation Completion (ESNC), formerly known as the Galileo Masters, is an international competition for projects with innovative ideas focused on the exploitation of the Global Satellite Navigation Systems (GNSS). Since 2004, the competition has been organized by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO).

Regional challenges are hosted by local partners from all over the world and Special prizes are awarded by a broad range of GNSS stakeholders. The overall winner is selected among all the regional and special prize winners by an international panel of experts. The prize pool of the competition is worth a total about 1 million EUR, which includes business incubation, patent consulting, testing and marketing support, access to customer markets, and cash prizes.

In 2017, the GSA is presenting the “60 Years of EU Special Prize”, focusing on the important role that Europe’s space programmes play in European integration. The GSA is looking for the brightest ideas that use European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) in helping to foster a more united Europe. In line with European ideals, potential applications could address, for example, such challenges as traffic and transport management for the efficient cross-border transportation of goods, travel platforms that encourage people to travel from one country to another, or solutions that help people seeking refuge in Europe.

To learn more about the GSA special prize, please follow this link.

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GNSS is an enabling technology used in many different market segments. The European GNSS Agency promotes the development of applications that create demand for EGNOS and Galileo while providing economic and social benefits. Now it is time to fully exploit the potential of applications based on EGNSS. We are looking for innovative ideas for satellite navigation applications that will also reply to the users’ requirements. We will rank the ideas based on the following criteria:

  • Technical / operational feasibility, maturity of the idea
  • Benefits / market potential
  • Innovation compared to current solutions
  • Usage of EGNSS signals and services
  • Contribution to EGNOS and Galileo adoption
  • Demonstrations/Market trials for technology validation
  • Business potential demonstrated by business model(s)

The winning idea will have the opportunity to develop their project at a suitable incubation centre of their choice within the EU28 for six months, with the option of a six-month extension based on evaluation after the first period (a total value of up to EUR 40,000). In addition, the winning idea will benefit from extensive promotion through the GSA’s channels and at relevant industry events.

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How to Apply

Besides the overall prize and other special prizes, you can apply for regional prizes too.  ESNC overall winner is selected from all regional and special prize winners by an international panel of high-ranking experts. All of this year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony held during European Space week in Marseille, France, in December.

Applications can be submitted via the ESNC website by 06 August 2018.

To learn more about the competition, please follow the link to Terms of Participation and for more information about related events, please go to Featured Events on ESNC website.

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