The 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has seen record numbers of entries – with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize being particularly popular. The competition is now in its evaluation stage, selecting the winners that will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in Berlin on 23 October.
The entries are now closed for the 11th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and a record number of people submitted innovative ideas for space-based solutions. This year, a total of 434 complete and validated entries were received. And with 152 entries, the GSA special prize has recorded an extraordinarily good result and a new all-time record as well. The GSA category was by far the most popular Special Prize for 2014.
The GSA Special Prize sought entries that highlight features offered by the European GNSS (EGNSS), EGNOS and Galileo, in a commercial application. The winner of the GSA prize will have the opportunity to realise their idea at a suitable EU incubation centre for six months, with the option of an additional six months based on evaluation after the first period. The award criteria will be the uniqueness and originality of the idea, its business (and social) potential, the credibility of the corresponding team, and the application's use of unique EGNOS/Galileo features.
The competition now enters its evaluation phase with GSA experts scrutinizing the entries to select the winners. Winners will be invited to the official Awards Ceremony, scheduled for 23 October in Berlin, Germany.
The Awards Ceremony with take place during the Satellite Masters Conference in Berlin. This two-day conference will showcase a unique portfolio of innovative applications based on GNSS and Earth Observation capabilities focusing on European entrepreneurial spirit and the impact of space technologies on business and society.
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