The European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) new MyGalileoApp prize contest challenges developers to design, develop, test and launch a mobile application that takes advantage of the increased accuracy and availability provided by Galileo. The winner stands to win up to EUR 100,000.00.
Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Whether it be in the area of augmented reality, geo-marketing, smart navigation, social networking or otherwise – the GSA wants to help you take your idea from concept to reality.
The GSA’s MyGalileoApp Prize Contest challenges developers to design, develop, test and commercially launch a mobile application that provides a position and/or time fix using a Galileo-enabled smartphone equipped with Android /IOS operating system. It must also demonstrate how the increased accuracy/availability provided by Galileo within a multi-constellation/multi-frequency solution adds value to the application.
Each proposed application should target one of the following areas:
Smart navigation and infotainment
Augmented reality and games
Geo marketing and advertising
Fitness, sport and mHealth
Mapping, GIS and agriculture
Automated mobility (all transport modes)
“The MyGalileoApp Prize will help application developers embrace Galileo’s full potential to create new tools and services,” says Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director. “Through this contest, the GSA is encouraging market adoption of Galileo by supporting the development of mobile applications that address end user needs.”
And did we mention that the winner will receive EUR 100,000.00?
Now that we have your attention, it’s time to get started. To compete, all you have to do is submit a proposal describing how your application addresses one of the 11 development areas, and how it will use Galileo to do so. The deadline for submissions is 28 March 2019. Proposals can be submitted here.
All proposals will be reviewed by GSA experts, who will select a maximum of 30 projects to proceed to the development phase. During this phase, contestants are required to develop a beta version of their app and be able to demonstrate at least 50% functionality. To help, the GSA will provide a dedicated API and online mentoring.
After careful evaluation, the judges will select a maximum of 10 projects to continue to the next phase of the contest. Here, projects must deliver a finalised version of the application with 100% functionality. Those that succeed will be invited to the Finals, where they will present their application to the GSA evaluation board.
Following the presentations, the judges will announce the winners, with the first-place winner receiving a EUR 100,000.00 prize. The runner up and third place finishers will receive EUR 50,000.00 and EUR 30,000.00 respectively.
Let’s talk details…
The MyGalileoApp contest is open to all mobile application developers, entrepreneurs, students, researchers and anybody else who’s up for the challenge (so long as you are at least 18 years of age). You can compete as an individual or a team. All teams are required to appoint a team coordinator, who must be an EU citizen, while other team members can also be from outside the EU. Team members may also represent legal entities as long as this entity has its central administration or registered office in the EU.
At all stages of the contest, projects will be evaluated using the following criteria:
Innovation: is this kind of solution not yet available on the market? Is the application technologically advanced (e.g. using multi-frequency, innovating algorithms)?
Market potential: is this solution sellable after repackaging it into a real product? Is there a potential market demand/customer base for this product?
Galileo-relevance: is the application making use of Galileo? Is the increased accuracy/availability offered by Galileo relevant to the application?
Technical feasibility: What is the level of progress since the start of the contest? Has the required level of completion for the phase been fully achieved? Is the plan presented for the future of the application (i.e. the scalability and an ensured 18 months of technical support) credible?
More information on the contest will be provided in the course of two webinars, the first of which will be organised on 11 February 2019. For more details and to register for updates, click here.
Good luck – and we hope to see you at the Finals!
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