10-Year Anniversary: GSA Special Prize of the European Satellite Navigation Competition Scouts New GNSS Ideas

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is partnering with the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) since 2008. This powerful cooperation between GSA and the ESNC can be transformed into a commercial space equation: (space + innovation) x entrepreneurship = growth.

Together, GSA and the ESNC drive Europe’s leading innovation network for the commercial satellite downstream market. Until 31 July, the GSA Special Prize is scouting the next generation of disruptive European GNSS (E-GNSS) innovation using Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation for everyday applications in 2018.

The Challenge: When and where? – Exact timing and positioning matters!

This year’s edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the GSA Special Prize. The GSA Challenge 2018 “When and where? – Exact timing and positioning matters!” is looking for innovative EGNSS downstream applications with clear market uptake perspectives that will leverage EGNSS differentiators, such as:

  • Multiple-frequencies E1, E5 and E6
  • Galileo-specific signal modulation, e.g. AltBOC
  • Galileo Search and Rescue Service
  • High precision and authentication services that will be provided by Galileo, i.e. within the Commercial Service and within the Open Service authentication (OS NMA)

The ideas can be related but are not limited to all sorts of market segments, including solutions for location-based services (LBS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobility and smart cities, aviation and drones, waterborne applications, search and rescue and crisis management.

The Prize for New Ideas

GSA will award the three best ideas:

  • 1st place: EUR 7,000
  • 2nd place: EUR 5,000
  • 3rd place: EUR 3,000

In addition, the winning idea will benefit from extensive promotion through the GSA’s many marketing channels and at relevant industry events and can get access to additional tailored E-GNSS Accelerator business support worth EUR 62,000 (if eligible). Furthermore, the participants have a shot at winning the overall prize of the competition valued at EUR 10,000.

Explore this year’s GSA Special Prize and register with your business idea! Time to link space to user needs. REGISTER NOW and show the world your GNSS idea benefitting society and business!

The Target Groups

The main target groups of the GSA Special Prize comprise SMEs, startups, universities and individuals in the fields of business, research, and higher education, as well as space enthusiasts. One common goal unites them: The urge to make the world a better place with new ideas for smart GNSS solutions.

The Criteria

All proposals must use the European GNSS, Galileo, as the primary means of positioning. Moreover, all ideas should be technically operational, innovative, demonstrate market potential and contribute to the adoption of Galileo. Proposals will be evaluated according to specific criteria, including an innovative approach over existing solutions, commercial feasibility and contribution to the market uptake of Galileo.

GNSS Innovation Powerhouse

In the last ten years, GSA received more than 800 ideas and business cases in the ESNC and awarded nine winners in the fields of E-mobility, Augmented Reality (AR), UAV, Internet of Things (IoT), safety, security and more. Consequentially, seven companies with prototypes or market-ready products had been established all over Europe. Additionally, GSA helped in pushing forward the E-GNSS idea development, promotion, and communications support.

Become part of this GNSS innovation community with your idea! Register now with your idea for the GSA Special Prize! We are excited to welcome new people to our network that wants to increase the quality of life with future-oriented solutions!

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