While completion of the Galileo constellation is still in progress - the launches of the last four Galileo satellites are scheduled for the end of 2020 – the European Space Agency (ESA) is looking ahead to the system’s second generation.
The first ideas, first studies, and first technology developments started four years ago. The Galileo Masters is fostering the development of new business cases, service delivery and applications based on Galileo/EGNOS. This year’s edition incorporates the Galileo Prizes powered by the European Commission (EC). Entries are possible from 1 April to 30 June 2020.
Due to a constantly connected society contributing to a huge increase in the number of devices connected to navigation satellites, the satellite navigation market is still growing significantly. Thus, the priorities are shifting from the deployment of infrastructure to service delivery across the globe.
The Galileo Masters awards prizes to such services, applications and business cases that are using Galileo GNSS data to tackle important challenges faced by business and society. Well-known space stakeholders and Galileo Prize Partners co-funded by the European Commission (EC) are set to award prizes worth over EUR 750,000 in total. The main target group includes SMEs, startups, universities and individuals in the fields of business, research, and higher education, who are welcome to submit their solutions and product solutions. Entries opened on 1 April and are still possible until 30 June 2020. Submissions can demonstrate their innovative use of GNSS data across a wide variety of challenge topics.
The partners of the 2020 edition are for example GSA with three challenges, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In addition, participants choose from 17 international Galileo Prizes co-funded by EC with max. EUR 10,000 each.
In addition, the Galileo Masters is complemented by the Galileo Incubation programme (formerly the E-GNSS Accelerator) co-funded by EC to empower the transformation of great business cases into commercially viable solutions through a tailored business incubation programme. The top six winners of the Galileo Masters 2020 will gain access to this incubation prize worth up to EUR 62,000 each if eligible.
For more details on this year's challenges, prizes, and partners, please see www.galileo-masters.eu.
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