Galileo-Copernicus challenge leads the pack in Galileo Masters 2019

04 September 2019
In total, 203 ideas were submitted in this year’s competition.
In total, 203 ideas were submitted in this year’s competition.

The Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge, which seeks solutions that help to make our world safer and more sustainable using Earth observation combined with Galileo/EGNOS geo-referencing, received the most submissions in this year’s Galileo Masters, with a total of 54 completed ideas submitted.

In total, 203 completed ideas were submitted by the August 5 deadline. After the Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge, the second most targeted challenge was the Galileo 5G Challenge with 49 completed ideas submitted. This challenge aims to identify innovative applications, services and business cases for the 5G IoT market that leverage Galileo’s added accuracy.

Solution generator

The next most targeted challenges were the University Challenge (35 completed ideas), followed by the DLR Artificial Intelligence Navigation Challenge (28 completed ideas), which is looking for solutions that enable automation and autonomy with reliable positioning, navigation, and timing.

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There was a good regional spread in this year’s competition, with submissions coming from across Europe. The most represented country is Germany, with 47 completed ideas, followed by Spain with 45 ideas and the United Kingdom with 24 ideas submitted. Other ideas came from Greece, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Austria, Estonia, Italy, France and Ireland.

“The Galileo Masters has established itself as a key generator of exciting applications and solutions that leverage Galileo’s precision to meet challenges facing business and society. There are a record number of submissions in this year’s competition, and we are very much looking forward to reviewing the exciting ideas that have been put forward,” said GSA Market Development Officer Marta Krywanis-Brzostowska.

Next steps

The submitted ideas will now be reviewed by a panel of experts and all the Special Prize finalists will be announced in November. The competition awards will be handed out during European Space Week, which will take place in Helsinki at the start of December.

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The winning solutions will share more than EUR 1 million worth of cash prizes. The winners will also be able to take advantage of business development opportunities, tailored E-GNSS Accelerator business support packages worth EUR 62,000, a crowd funding campaign worth EUR 35,000, and much more.

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Updated: Sep 04, 2019



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