Galileo Hackathon: 15-17 May 2017, Gdańsk, Poland

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Show your coding skills at the second Galileo hackathon!*

Galileo, the European Global Navigation Satellite System is now operational and is starting to deliver live services to the Geo-IoT commuinty.

We are looking for passionate coders who want to shape the future of Location-Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT. Become a pioneer developer and discover how Galileo satellites can help transform ideas into reality!

Join our two-day Galileo Hackathon, showcase your skills, connect with the Geo-IoT app-dev community, gain a competitive advantage for your future projects and win great prizes for you and your team.

Register for the second Galileo Hackathon at this link.

The 2nd Galileo Hackathon is now finished! Thank you to all who participated!


Satellite positioning is an essential service for many businesses and critical infrastructures that we often take for granted. Until now, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) users have had to depend on the American GPS or the Russian GLONASS. With Galileo, Europe’s new satellite navigation system, users have a reliable European civilian alternative.

Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information that greatly benefits European services and users, including the Location-Based Services (LBS) community. Being fully compatible with all existing and future GNSS, Galileo enables a more seamless and accurate experience for multi-constellation users around the world.

HyperTrack provides a plug-and-play location stack which enables anyone to add Location-Based-Services (LBS) into their existing application and workflow without needing to build and manage the complicated infrastructure. The stack provides for real-time filtering, battery efficiency, granular statuses, and accurate ETA - all while making limited adjustments to your application code.

* Neither the GSA nor its partners for the second Galileo Hackathon endorse each other in their activities and/or the products they develop. The views expressed on this website does not necessarily reflect the views of the GSA partners for the second Galileo Hackathon.

The challenge

Galileo Hackathoners will be among the first to work with Galileo-enabled Samsung mobile phones, which includes the new Android featuring the so called “GNSS raw measurements” . We need creative heads to come up with innovative applications, that make use of the full breadth of Galileo’s capabilities. It can be anything. Just show us how your application can generate an added commercial or societal value by using the Galileo services. Applications include:

Augmented Reality and games: the integration of positioning with virtual information allows the development of pinpoint services aimed at entertaining or informing users 
Geo marketing and advertising: consumer preferences are combined with positioning data to provide exceptionally personalised offers to potential customers 
Mapping & GIS: the enhanced processing power of modern smartphones, their portability and the location capabilities make them very suitable to develop Geographic Information System applications and create crowdsourced maps 
Fitness, sport and mHealth: fitness and mHealth applications rely on GNSS –in addition to other sensors- to monitor users’ physical performances 
Smart mobility: innovative GNSS-enabled applications contributes to the reduction of congestion while implementing faster, greener, and cheaper transportation options 
Enterprise applications: GNSS-based tracking solutions contribute to improving productivity and safety of workers through mobile workforce management solutions 
Social networking: the location of people is a relevant information around which develop specific services in social networks.
HyperTrack enhances all these applications by providing for historical and real-time location tracking and allowing for actions to be performed on the data. Things like live tracking, trip replays, delay alerts, mileage, assignments, accurate ETAs, location profiling and more.

The criteria

Innovation: Is this kind of solution already available on the market?
Market potential: Is this solution sellable after repackaging this idea into a real product? Is there a potential market demand/customer base for this product?
Galileo-relevance:Is the application making use of Galileo?
Completion level: Is the solution completed or could feasibly be completed?
Progress made during hackathon: Has the project advanced significantly during the hackathon?
HyperTrack special prize: best integration of the HyperTrack location stack while using at least three entities (user, action, event, place, group). More information can be found in the API Reference.


If you are already working on an LBS-based app, or you want to test your skills while developing a prototype, the Galileo Hackathon is for you.

You can join as a team (2-4 people) or as an individual. Don’t worry if you don't know any other participants, you’ll find plenty of other teammates on-site!

Event date May 15-17, 2017
Location AKWARIUM Building, ul. Czechosłowacka 3, Gdynia, Poland

Day 1 – 15th Monday
MorningRegistration and welcome
13:00Meet the mentors & overview of technology
15:00Hackathon kicks off!
Day 2 – 16th Tuesday
09:00Welcome back
09:30Hackathon continues
13:00Lunch break
14:00Teams’ presentations
16:00Evaluation of projects
17:00Hackathon winners announced
Awards ceremony will take place at InfoShare, on 17th May at 18:00


Get Prepared

Mobile phones, courtesy of our technology partner Samsung, will be provided for the hackathon, all you need to bring is your laptop. Technical support will be available to answer any questions.

The prizes

Galileo Innovation 

A cash prize of € 1000 for the most innovative app using Galileo as source of location information .

Galileo Impact

A cash prize of € 1000 for the Galileo app with the biggest social impact.

Hypertrack Special Prize

Hypertrack offering a special prize worth €1000 for the app making the best use of the HyperTrack location stack. Bonus points for hilarious use-cases!

Other prizes for participants will be provided by our technology partners!

Get in touch

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The partners of the second Galileo Hackathon are Samsung, who will be providing Galileo-enabled devices, and Hypertrack, who will be providing a plug-and-play location stack. Also partnering are the University of Nottingham's GRACE; the Nottingham Geospatial Institute’s business engagement unit

Updated: Aug 30, 2017