Final preparations are underway as the October 21 deadline approaches for the 10 finalists in this year’s MyGalileoApp competition to deliver a finalised version of their app. All the teams to successfully complete the second development phase will be invited to the award ceremony, to be held at the Prague headquarters of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on 7 November 2019, where they will present their apps to a GSA evaluation board. To register to attend the event, click here.
The finalists will be welcomed to the awards ceremony by GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Matthias Petschke, Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at the European Commission. Then, following an introduction by GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani and a keynote on “How to create a successful app” by Google Geospatial Technologist Ed Parsons, the finalists will make their pitches.
The pitches will be made in two stages, with five teams pitching first, followed by demonstrations of their apps and a speech by a MyGalileoApp mentor. Then the second five teams will pitch and demonstrate their projects. The awards will be decided after these pitches and the awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be held in the evening. Check out the agenda here.
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So, who are the finalists?
Of the 10 finalists, four are in the Augmented Reality and Games innovation area: uMaze (Finland) creates mazes in specific outdoor areas in which users can play; while ARGEO (Italy) allows users to discover content such as prizes, coupons and shopping cards geo-located around the streets of a city. The app from STPR (Poland, Australia, Ukraine) combines a virtual environment with game-related physical experiences in the real world, and arstory (Germany) is a complete augmented reality ecosystem based on Galileo location and virtual objects in the real world.
The Smart Navigation and Infotainment innovation area accounts for three of the 10 finalists. The Ready Park app (France) makes parking easier by pairing drivers leaving a spot with users looking for one. GALILEONAUT (France) is a mobile app that helps sailors to navigate inside a port or a marina and provides a link to the harbour master's office, while the Trukatu app (Spain) is a mobile C2C platform that connects people who want to rent or lease items with owners who have items to rent out.
Two of the shortlisted projects fall in the Fitness, Sport and mHealth category. The first of these - PanPan - Possible Assistance Needed (Germany) - serves as backup safety solution for potentially dangerous activities that may leave users in need of assistance, while the second - LetMeAut (Italy) - makes everyday tasks easier for people with autism.
Finally, the Mapping, GIS and Agriculture innovation area accounts for one app among the top 10 shortlisted projects. Tractor Navigator (France) provides guidance for farmers driving tractors, enabling them to visualise their current position and trajectory in an open field.
Following the pitches, there will be an investors’ panel, with presentations by experts from various institutions, from the European Investment Bank to venture capital firms and accelerators, providing information on how apps can bridge the gap between great ideas and viable business opportunities. In general, there will be many business opportunities to explore from among the MyGalileoApp projects, so if you are an investor looking to invest in forward-looking GNSS-based applications register here to take advantage of this unparalleled networking opportunity.
Finally, after careful deliberation of the pitches and presentations made earlier, the GSA evaluation board will be ready to announce the winners and hand out the awards. The first-place winner will receive a EUR 100,000 prize. The runner up and third place winners will receive EUR 50,000 and EUR 30,000 respectively. The award ceremony will also include a speech by motivational speaker and explorer Johan Ernst Nilson.
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