Galileo Masters: a Springboard for your Ideas

Galileo Masters

Take your idea for Galileo positioning use cases to the next level by entering it in this year’s Galileo Masters competition, including three GSA challenges on space for future generations.

Every  year, the Galileo Masters acts as a springboard for exciting new solutions and awards new applications and services that use Galileo and EGNOS, also in synergy with other space programmes, to respond to pressing needs facing business and society. As in previous years, the Galileo Masters 2020 challenges offer excellent opportunities for forward‐thinking ideas based on space data to make the jump from concept to a working solution. The deadline for submissions is 30 June, so there is still time to apply. Register now!

Three Galileo Masters GSA challenges

This year, there is a total of EUR 750,000 up for grabs across seven key challenges, three of which are sponsored by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

The GSA’s Space for Being Safe and Healthy Challenge is looking for solutions that use downstream space data provided by Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus to help stem the spread of COVID-19.  In its Space for Fun Challenge, the GSA is targeting solutions using data from Galileo and EGNOS in the gaming, sports and leisure, and tourism markets. This challenge covers a number of market segments and so has a lot of scope for new ideas that need accurate and authenticated positioning. Finally, the Space for our Planet Challenge, aims to tackle climate change and environmental degradation, which represent an existential threat in Europe and worldwide.

Space for future generations

“The focus of the GSA challenges in 2020 is essentially children. We are targeting applications that leverage space to make the world a better place for future generations,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani. “Pandemics like COVID-19 represent an ever-present threat and, although it was conceived before the current pandemic, the Space for Being Safe and Healthy Challenge aims to channel space tech into meeting this challenge,” she said.

“The other great threat to future generations comes from climate change, and solutions that will help with climate change adaptation and mitigation are our target in the Space for our Planet Challenge,” Diani said. “But there is a light-hearted side to this year’s challenges also – children deserve to play and have fun, and we hope to find some exciting new ideas for sports and games in our Space for Fun challenge,” she said.

Inspiration from the past

While fine-tuning your idea for this year’s competition, you might take some inspiration from past winners. The overall winner at last year’s Galileo Masters was Aeroficial Intelligence’s Performance Cockpit, a business intelligence system that aims to lessen the environmental footprint of the aviation sector by increasing operational efficiency and considerably reducing fuel consumption.

The Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge in 2019 went to Xylene, an app that revolutionises the way timber is supplied to the market. The concept behind the Xylene app is to document every step of the timber supply chain, from the forest to the final product.

Winner in the 2019 “Start-up of the Year” category was PODIS (POst DIstress Signal). PODIS is a client-server IoT solution for automatic crash notification. Its unique selling point is its patented methodology for filtering out false alarms, which it does on the server side. In this way PODIS maximises use of the “golden hour” within which trauma professionals aim to get injured people into hospital to increase their chances of survival.

Finally, Idea of the Year in 2019 went to CX Geodrone, which is developing a drone payload based on radar equipment and post-processing techniques for geo-referenced data to complement (and sometimes replace) LiDAR laser technologies and take the next step in underground detection applications.

This article is based on a publication by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). GSA Newsroom

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