European GNSS Agency Launches New Geomatics on the Move Competition

The European GNSS Agency (GSA), in collaboration with the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE), has launched the Geomatics on the Move competition with the aim of fostering the use of the EU satellite programmes Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus to create innovative geomatics applications and solutions across Europe.

Building and expanding on the CLGE Student Contest, the new Geomatics on the Move Prize also targets applications that integrate the use of additional technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, as well as supplementary remote sensing data sources like drones. Solutions animated through mobile phone applications or other easy-to-use platforms are also welcome.

Students, young professionals, entrepreneurs and small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs) are eligible to participate individually, or in teams of up to three participants. All participants must be located in the EU Member States or in Norway or Switzerland.

A total of €30,000 will be awarded in two categories:

Traditional Geomatics

Five prizes will be given to solutions for which main innovation is based on the usage of EGNSS, employing traditional equipment such as surveying or GIS grade GNSS Receivers for applications such as cadastral, marine and mining surveying or GIS mapping. These solutions can be supported or combined with Copernicus satellites data.

Integrated Geomatics

Five prizes will be given to integrated surveying solutions that use Galileo or EGNOS, leveraging cutting-edge tools and technologies like drones, mobile mapping, laser scanners or Augmented/Mixed Reality that can either be used within geomatics applications or beyond. These solutions can be supported or combined with Copernicus satellites data.

The prizes in both categories are:

1st Prize – €5,000.

2nd Prize – €4,000.

3rd Prize – €3,000.

4th Prize – €2,000.

5th Prize – €1,000.

The deadline for submission of ideas is 16 October 2020.

A maximum of 10 projects will be chosen to present their pitch during the finals. The official award of the Geomatics on the Move Prize Contest will take place virtually, during the European Space Week (7-11 December 2020). During this event, each finalist will present their solution to the evaluation board.

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