Satellite Navigation Competition Looking for UK ESNC 2011 Winner with an Idea for a Location Based Service or a New Satellite Navigation Application

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Do you or someone you know have an idea that uses satellite navigation technology as a core part of the system? You could win up to £10,000 plus additional investment, business consultancy and services from a range of UK and European partners through special topic prizes and entering the University Challenge. The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) values knowledge, especially innovative ideas involving satellite navigation. Hence, it gives you the opportunity to present and promote your idea, and eventually, to put it into practice. No matter whether you are an individual or a team from a company, research institute, university, or start-up, what counts is your idea. We are looking for applications based on satellite navigation that use the technology in a new and innovative way.

UKESNC2011

UKESNC2011

Submit your ideas for the UKESNC between 1st April 2011 to 30th June 2011.

This is your opportunity to make your idea a reality, with some fantastic special topic prizes to support you.

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) provides a unique platform for innovators to showcase their work and receive well-deserved recognition from their peers nationally and internationally.

The kick-off Conference took place in London on the 10th May and was opened by Carlo des Dorides, the new Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and representatives of the competition's sponsors introduced this year's special topic prizes and all the benefits ESNC can offer participants in 2011.

In 2011, the concept of special topic prizes sponsored by our partners is again part of the competition. By focusing on industry-specific needs, the ESNC has established itself as a think tank in the field of GNSS applications.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is looking for the most promising EGNOS application idea, while the European Space Agency (ESA) will award the ESA Innovation Prize to an idea that is creative and innovative and can be implemented quickly. The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) wants to see augmented navigation everywhere in the form of applications that use EGNOS or involve multi-sensor navigation.

The world's leading provider of digital maps, NAVTEQ, is searching for location-based mobile enterprise solutions. With the GATE special topic prize, Ifen and NavCert are looking for solutions to be certified after successful testing at the Galileo test range in Berchtesgaden, Germany. The GNSS Living Lab Prize - to be awarded in cooperation with the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) - will give the winner the chance to test their product or service at an ENoLL facility.

ESNC 2011 is set to debut the first prototyping prize in the competition's history. Sponsored by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan, the new prize will award prototypes that promote the trend toward "Connected Vehicles".

Last but not least, the ESNC University Challenge, meanwhile, encourages students to get creative and submit ideas for location-based services.

Specifically aimed at researchers, the ESNC University Challenge is looking for cutting edge location-based ideas. As these are so various, the ESNC University Challenge aims at reaching out to any young researcher dealing with areas of potential applications. What counts is creativity. Hence, the evaluators will focus on creativity and market needs rather than technological perfection of the business idea.

The most popular categories of LBS include navigation applications, indoor routing, friend finders, asset tracking systems, social networking, shopping/couponing, safety alerts and gaming.

The aim of the ESNC University Challenge is the realisation of the winning idea in form of founding a start-up company.

Therefore NAVTEQ will provide the winner with a 12-month incubation programme worth in total approximately EUR 75,000. It consists of one year of free access to NAVTEQ map data, content and services.

  • The incubation programme will assist the winner with coaching, technical and business development support, and web promotions through NAVTEQ Network for Developers™ (NN4D)
  • A personal technical consultant will assist in seeing the winning idea through to successful implementation
  • The opportunity to present the final application to NAVTEQ partners and customers, including leading handset manufacturers, platform and technology providers

In addition, Awapatent AB, one of the leading IP-firms in Europe, will provide patent consulting worth EUR 5,000 aiming at filing a patent for the nominated idea.

Furthermore, the Universität der Bundeswehr München will sponsor a ticket for the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2012, worth EUR 650 incl. the opportunity to present the awarded project at the exhibition booth of Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.

2nd prize: The Universität der Bundeswehr München will provide the first runner-up with a free-of-charge ticket for the ESA International Summer School on GNSS 2012.

Entry is made through the UKESNC web site - http://www.ukesnc.com

Don't miss your chance to put your knowledge into practice.

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