The 2013 European Satellite Navigation Competition is under way. The top prize will be granted the title of Galileo Master.
For the tenth time, the annual competition is looking for services, products, or business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. Around EUR 1 million in prizes is up for grabs, including cash prizes, business incubation, coaching, patent consulting, prototyping and marketing support, access to customers and user communities, and publicity in the satellite navigation network.
Individual entrepreneurs or teams from a company, research institute, or any other organization are invited to sign up. To participate, first select the region whose prize would best support the business case from the more than 20 regional partners worldwide in the section Regional Prizes. Then see what this year’s Special Prize partners are offering in the section Special Prizes.
The overall winner — the Galileo Master — will be selected from among all the regional and special-prize winners by a panel of experts. He or she will be granted an additional cash prize of EUR 20,000 and the opportunity to realize the winning idea as part of a six-month incubation program in the region of their choice.
Submissions are open until June 30.
In 2012, Dirk Elias of Portugal was named Galileo Master for his entry, “Seamless Navigation Through Ultra Low Frequency Magnetic Field Communication (ULF-MC).”
Begun in 2004 with three partner regions, the European Satellite Navigation Competition has grown into a leading global network of innovation and expertise in GNSS, with more than 20 regions and 190 industry and research experts around the world.
The goal is to promote innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit along the GNSS value chain to benefit the citizens of Europe and the rest of the world. Many of the business cases submitted in previous years have been implemented and successfully brought to market, organizers said.