Galileo Application Days Supported by ESA

By European Space Agency, PRNE
Monday, December 14, 2009

Get Inspired by the Innovative Potential of Satellite Navigation

NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands, December 15 - The European Space Agency's Technology Transfer Programme Office (TPP)
will be the official partner of the first Galileo Application Days which will
be held from 3 to 5 March 2010 in Brussels. The event aims at promoting added
value of the European GNSS programmes and fostering collaboration especially
between SMEs and larger enterprises. The event's unique 'Application Village'
will showcase innovations in an outdoor theatre consisting of different
settings, such as the countryside, the city, the harbour or the playground.
The Application Village will be the venue for a wide range of cutting-edge
GNSS application and services demonstrations throughout the three days of the

The Galileo Application Days will set the stage for promising future
applications and inspire development in six main fields: Location based
services, road applications, precise positioning, public services, leisure
and navigation systems development - all sectors where ESA TTP can boast
start-up companies which have successfully completed ESA's Business
Incubation Programme. Many of these techno-starters will be showcased in
either the event's unique 'Application Village' or contribute with a
presentation on their "success story", such as the Dutch start-up Bliin that
developed a mobile social networking application that leverages the power of
the open internet with location based services or sportsCurve from Germany
whose real-time GPS tracking device enables the visualization of athletes at
sports contests. The application demos and success stories will also include
applications developed under the EU's 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and
solutions nominated by the European Satellite Navigation Competition, for
which ESA annually awards an innovation prize. This prize recognizes the most
promising satellite navigation application to be implemented immediately and
nurtured into a profitable business with the technical and financial
assistance of one of the four ESA business incubation centers. The Galileo
Application Days will serve as the high-profile launch platform for the
European Satellite Navigation Competition 2010 and bring together industry
stakeholders from the partner regions of this international ideas contest.

The programme also includes industry keynotes on the six focus topics,
one-on-one match-making, elevator pitches for newcomers and give insight in
global application development through round table discussions and plenary
sessions. Furthermore ESA TTP will provide an insight into financing
opportunities and tools for space spin-offs such as the ESA Investment Forum,
which will take place in Stuttgart, 18-20 May 2010.

The Galileo Application Days are hosted by the European Commission and
are being organised by the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) and the
Application Center for Satellite Navigation in Oberpfaffenhofen - the
managing organisation of both the European Satellite Navigation Competition
and the ESA BIC Oberpfaffenhofen.

Participation is free of charge and registration is open on a first come
basis at


Contact: Donna Reay, European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), Rue de la Loi, 56 (L-56, 08/85), B-1049 Brussels, Belgium, Phone: +32-2-298-52-10, Fax: +32-2-296-72-38, Email: donna.reay at or Ulrike Daniels, Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, Friedrichshafenerstr.1, 82205 Gilching, Germany, Phone: +49-8105-7727714, fax: +49-8105-7727755, Email: daniels at

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