Galileo Masters 2016 – Polish expert meeting

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On Friday, September 9th, experts have chosen the winner of the Polish edition of the Galileo Masters competition. The name of the winner will be announced at the end of October.

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), also known as “Galileo Masters”, is a space technology competition which often results in the creation of new technological startups. Ideas for applications,software, devices or technologies based on satellite navigation can be submitted to this competition. The name Galileo Masters refers to the European satellite navigation system – Galileo – which is currently being implemented into operational use.

ESNC 2016 statistics / Credits - AZO

ESNC 2016 statistics / Credits – AZO

Since 2004 the competition is organized in regional editions. The Polish editions of ESNC were organized previously in 2012, 2014 and 2015. This year the idea submission phase ended on July 10th. The largest numer of projects – 59 – was submitted to the Asian edition. A great number of 33 completed submissions came from the Polish edition, which is the largest result among European countries. The 3rd place with 32 submissions belongs to the German Hesse edition.

Between July and September representatives of each region analysed the submitted proposals. This stage has to be completed in each region before the end of September – and the regional winners have to be selected by this time. In came of the Polish ESNC edition, the expert meeting was held at the premises of competition partner, the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone (PSEZ) in Gdańsk. The selection was not easy as a large number of submissions was of high quality and with good investment perspectives.

Gdansk Scientific and Technological Park / Credits - tanisław Kosiedowski, CC BY-SA 3.0

Gdansk Scientific and Technological Park / Credits – tanisław Kosiedowski, CC BY-SA 3.0

The judging team has chosen this year’s winner of the Polish Galileo Masters edition after long discussions. The chosen team will be representing Poland at a meeting of all region representatives, which will be held at the end of September in Berlin. At this event the main winner of this year’s ESNC will be chosen.

The names of the best ideas will be announced on the 25th of October at a festive Final Gala of the ESNC competition in Madrid. After this event the Polish Gala will take place, where the local finalists will be presented. The exact date of the Polish Gala was not given yet, but it will probably take place at the beginning of November.

Partners and organisers of Polish edition of Galileo Masters 2016: Blue Dot SolutionsBlack Pearls VCPomeranian Special Economic ZoneAgency of Industry DevelopmentPolish Agency of Enterprise DevelopmentPolish Space Agency.

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