The overall winner - the Galileo Master - will be chosen from the winners of more than 20 regions in a co-opetition. The Galileo Master will receive a EUR 20,000 prize and the opportunity to realise their project during a six-month incubation programme.
"Keeping an idea in your head doesn't get you anywhere", says Thorsten Rudolph, managing director of Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, which organises the ESNC. "Through this competition, participants can realise their ideas and establish valuable business relationships." Until 30 June, participants can enter their ideas at www.galileo-masters.eu. This year, they will benefit from a new database that makes the submission process easier.
The same applies to the international experts who evaluate the ideas: For the first time, they will be able to access and evaluate the entered ideas directly via the database. In cooperation with Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, the IT consulting company Schaltzeit GmbH developed the high-performance application that makes this possible. In the course of this cooperation, Schaltzeit became the ESNC's innovation IT partner.
With Schaltzeit's professional experience and expertise, the database is now capable of meeting the requirements of the ever-growing competition. When the competition was first launched in 2004 under the patronage of the Bavarian State Ministry for Economics, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, only 14 ideas were entered in three partner regions. Last year, 548 participants registered. However, the increasing number of participants is not the only sign of the competition's success; the number of partner regions has also grown every year. Through the competition, they can establish and distinguish themselves in the emerging market for global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). In 2011, Catalonia (Spain), Estonia, Macedonia and Croatia joined the ESNC community. Meanwhile, Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) has been in from the start, demonstrating the region's belief in the ESNC concept. "At first, it was a way to show our friendship to Bavaria and work on a common venture," says Jean-François Chapperon of the regional organiser Team Cote d'Azur. "After all these years, however, we know that the competition not only allows our cluster access to networks in all countries and institutions, but also helps us start new projects with investment potential in our region."
Each region offers a prize to its winners, while special topic prizes sponsored by partners from industry and research add to the prize pool. In 2011, the following special topic prizes will be awarded:The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is looking for the most promising EGNOS application idea. The winner gets up to 12 months support in an incubation centre of his choice.
When entering their ideas, participants can choose whether they want to apply for one of the special topic prizes. Regional participation is mandatory, but the special topic prizes are optional, requiring only that the ideas submitted fit the prize criteria.
The variety of the entered ideas has been enormous in past years, reflecting the versatility of the application areas in satellite navigation and their increasing importance in everyday life. GNSS-based technology is being used in sectors ranging from logistics, traffic, and transport to in agriculture, communications, security, healthcare, and beyond.Press contact:
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