This mid-February, experts, business sponsors, and start-ups from 11 international partner regions will meet at the Starnberger Hotel Vierjahreszeiten near Munich, Germany for a two-day conference on company foundation in the satellite navigation sector. The event will be opened by Mr. Karl Schumacher, undersecretary of the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology; the executive director of the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), Mr. Pedro Pedreira; the director of the space program at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Dr. Hubert Reile; and the initiator of the competition and the kick-off conference, Mr. Thorsten Rudolph.
The number of international experts from research and industry is increasing along with the rising participation of partner regions: what were just 17 experts in 2004 grew to 77 in 2007. To tap into the potential of this expanding competency and innovation network even more efficiently, the first ESNC kick-off conference will offer the winners, finalists, and other participants of the past four competitions another chance to introduce their business ideas, as well as new stimuli for the partner regions’ incubation activities. In addition, various winners from years past will present on the current status of their projects – among them the Dutch company iOpener, which recently secured €4.1 million in venture capital to realize its “real-time racing” game, and the Bavarian company superWise Technologies AG, which is prepared to present its first functional laboratory prototype of the “Eye-Phone” at the conference despite having just been nominated as a finalist in October 2007.
Thematic focus and international involvementAs mentioned, the focus of the kick-off conference will be the introduction of the new special topic prizes awarded for the first time in 2007 in order to better involve the competition’s sponsors in its overall theme. In 2007, more than half of all participants took the opportunity to submit their ideas for both regional evaluation and consideration for one of the new special topic prizes. In 2008, the concept will be continued with challenges presented by the European GSA, the ESA, Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the DHL Innovation Center, and T-Systems. The respective prize topics will be discussed during the kick-off conference in two-hour workshops with the sponsors. With its prize, the ESA is focusing on ideas that can be realized both quickly and for the long term. The GSA is looking for promising solutions dealing with the specific functions and characteristics of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). The ITRI will award its prize to the innovation that best integrates Galileo’s precise positioning and time signal into a gaming concept. Finally, T-Systems and DHL are joining forces to offer a special topic prize for an innovative way to optimize delivery vehicle freight volume in the field of logistics.
For accreditations and further information, please contact:
Facts and data on the European Satellite Navigation Competition
The European Satellite Navigation Competition is an international innovation contest that awards the best ideas for applications in satellite navigation. The competition has been organized annually by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and SYSTEMS since 2004 and is oriented toward companies, entrepreneurs, research institutes, universities, and private individuals. Having begun with three partner regions, the ESNC will this year be held in 11 European high-tech regions: Bavaria, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, Nice / Sophia Antipolis, Prague, South Holland, Madrid, and Great Britain, along with newcomers Queensland (Australia), Taipei (Taiwan), and North Rhine-Westphalia.
The ESNC is intended to further strengthen international collaboration among these regions, particular with regard to the development of applications and services made possible by the European satellite navigation system Galileo. The competition is held under the patronage of the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology and is supported by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Ideas for applications in the field of satellite navigation can be submitted on the Internet at www.galileo-masters.com every year from May 1 to July 31.
Lasagni awarded with Materials Science and Technology Prize 2017
09.10.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS
Eduard Arzt receives highest award from German Materials Society
21.09.2017 | INM - Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH
University of Maryland researchers contribute to historic detection of gravitational waves and light created by event
On August 17, 2017, at 12:41:04 UTC, scientists made the first direct observation of a merger between two neutron stars--the dense, collapsed cores that remain...
Seven new papers describe the first-ever detection of light from a gravitational wave source. The event, caused by two neutron stars colliding and merging together, was dubbed GW170817 because it sent ripples through space-time that reached Earth on 2017 August 17. Around the world, hundreds of excited astronomers mobilized quickly and were able to observe the event using numerous telescopes, providing a wealth of new data.
Previous detections of gravitational waves have all involved the merger of two black holes, a feat that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics earlier this month....
Material defects in end products can quickly result in failures in many areas of industry, and have a massive impact on the safe use of their products. This is why, in the field of quality assurance, intelligent, nondestructive sensor systems play a key role. They allow testing components and parts in a rapid and cost-efficient manner without destroying the actual product or changing its surface. Experts from the Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken will be presenting two exhibits at the Blechexpo in Stuttgart from 7–10 November 2017 that allow fast, reliable, and automated characterization of materials and detection of defects (Hall 5, Booth 5306).
When quality testing uses time-consuming destructive test methods, it can result in enormous costs due to damaging or destroying the products. And given that...
Using a new cooling technique MPQ scientists succeed at observing collisions in a dense beam of cold and slow dipolar molecules.
How do chemical reactions proceed at extremely low temperatures? The answer requires the investigation of molecular samples that are cold, dense, and slow at...
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, using high precision laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, confirm the surprisingly small value of the proton radius determined from muonic hydrogen.
It was one of the breakthroughs of the year 2010: Laser spectroscopy of muonic hydrogen resulted in a value for the proton charge radius that was significantly...
17.10.2017 | Event News
10.10.2017 | Event News
10.10.2017 | Event News
19.10.2017 | Materials Sciences
19.10.2017 | Materials Sciences
19.10.2017 | Physics and Astronomy