MyGalileoApp: Are you up to the challenge?
The MyGalileoApp competition, being organised by the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA), is challenging developers to design a mobile application that takes advantage of the increased accuracy and availability provided by the European Global Navigation Satellite System - Galileo.
The MyGalileoApp competition, being organised by the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA), is challenging developers to design a mobile application that takes advantage of the increased accuracy and availability provided by the European Global Navigation Satellite System - Galileo. The winner stands to win up to EUR 100,000, but hurry – the deadline for entering is March 31!
Developers should not only design, but also develop, test and commercially launch a mobile application that provides a position and/or time fix using a Galileo-enabled smartphone equipped with an Android /iOS operating system.
Demonstrating Galileo’s added value
The app should also demonstrate how the increased accuracy/availability provided by Galileo as part of a multi-constellation/multi-frequency solution adds value to the application. With an increasing number of dual-frequency smartphones and chipsets available on the market, developers will have a wide range of devices to choose from.
So, let’s get down to details. The apps should target a number of specific areas:
• Smart navigation and infotainment
• Augmented reality and games
• Geo marketing and advertising
• Fitness, sport and mHealth
• Enterprise applications
• Social networking
• Mapping, GIS and agriculture
• Automated mobility (all transport modes)
If you have an idea for an app that could benefit from Galileo’s precise positioning in the area of augmented reality, geo-marketing, social networking or any of the above – the GSA wants to help you take your idea from concept to reality.
“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 competition, 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?
Do we have your attention?
Let’s 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 31 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. The apps will evaluated based on a number of criteria: innovation, market potential, Galileo-relevance and technical feasibility.
Following the presentations, the judges will announce the winners, with the first-place winner receiving a EUR 100,000 prize. The runner up and third place finishers will receive EUR 50,000 and EUR 30,000 respectively.
Who can enter?
The MyGalileoApp competition 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.
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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