Real challenges.
Your solutions.

Our challenges are a result of careful thought and extensive investigation into where Galileo can make a positive impact on IoT solutions. Your technical, business and creative skills will be tested as you generate innovative solutions that adhere to stringent IoT power requirements. Feel free to utilise enabling technologies such as an LPWAN communication layer to support your solution and enhance the performance of Galileo. Don’t forget – these solutions must bring added value to your customers at an enticing price point. Point.IoT works with corporate partners who act as real end-users to validate your solutions and perhaps even become your first client! We can’t wait to support you throughout your Point.IoT journey. To find out more, please review our challenges, criteria and prize opportunities below.

The challenges

Challenge #1

Transport & Logistics in a Connected World

Efficient transportation services for both people and goods are essential to maintain effective cross-border trade and fuel economic activity throughout Europe. However, the process of moving individuals and products from Point A to Point B is never simple. In this challenge, you’ll be asked to design and develop the next generation of IoT products serving the transport & logistics industries. We encourage participants to think about transportation across rail, road, sea and air.

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Challenge #2

Mobile Robotics & Automation as a Competitive Edge

The integration of IoT, together with automation and robotics, is one way companies can leverage technology to remain competitive. In this challenge, your task is to design and develop an IoT solution that uses robotics to improve precision and efficiencies in the manufacturing and delivery of everyday products. We welcome ground-based or airborne robotics and automation solutions.

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The Prizes

Tackle our industry challenges for your chance to win!

  • €20,000

    All ten teams will pitch but only one will take home the grand prize.

  • Access to Funding

    Selected teams will take part in a leading investor event.

  • Networking

    Meet our corporate partners and who knows – maybe your first customers!

  • Promotion

    Access or network of media partners to promote your innovation in Europe.

How we will evaluate your application

Each application will be evaluated against these six criteria.

  • Market potential

    Does the solution have strong market potential?

  • Level of innovation

    Does the solution demonstrate a high level of innovation?

  • Technical feasibility

    Is the technology implemented in the solution ready for development?

  • Sustainability in the project

    Is the solution supported by a strong and proven set of skills amongst the team?

  • Business model

    Does the solution have a clear commercialisation strategy?

  • Quality of the proposal

    Does the application demonstrate a high level of preparation and consideration for the programe?

Programme Partners

The following technology partners and media partners support Point.IoT and its challenges

Industry Partner 2020

The Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health (J&J GPH) team and Deloitte jointly challenged participants of Point.IoT 2020 to improve immunisation coverage in remote areas through the use of Galileo-enabled IoT tracking solutions. Critical temperature tracking is required to ensure patients are being vaccinated with active medication. Improving visibility of the temperature evolution empowers stakeholders along the entire supply chain to intervene and discard ineffiective vaccines and also to identify how to strengthen supply chains to prevent this in the future.

Industry Partner 2020

As an infrastructure operator, technology integrator and supplier of value-added services, Orange Business Services supports businesses, local governments and public sector organisations through every step of their digital transformation. Participants of Point.IoT 2020 were challenged to use Galileo and IoT to improve asset tracking for the food & beverage industry. Players all along the supply chain can gain important insights from the large amounts of data generated by IoT devices – and data is at the heart of digital transformation.

Technology Partner

u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global technology leader in positioning and wireless communication in automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their smart and reliable solutions, services and products let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and secure data services and connectivity, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative and reliable solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively.

Technology Partner

Ubiscale is a provider of innovative geolocation technologies to IoT solutions designers and operators. For battery-powered tracking, Ubiscale offers disruptive solutions based on patented technologies that makes positioning low power and more valuable. Served by an experienced team coming from telecom and semi-conductor industries, Ubiscale delivers the required expertise and services to achieve powerful geolocation capabilities with shortest time-to-market.

Technology Partner 2020

SAP is the market leader for business software and supports companies of all sizes and sectors in achieving their goals. Clients are offered the SAP IoT, which is a layer of their Business Technology Platform that allows users to address industrial IoT processes among different sectors. SAP was named a leader in worldwide industrial IoT platforms and is helping to bridge the gap between technology and business. Along the way, they are committed to encouraging start-ups in their own innovation projects and partnering with NGOs working towards eliminating world-wide hunger.

Technology Partner

Canonical is the developer and funder of Ubuntu, with Ubuntu supporting third-party cloud management platforms since 2009. Canonical creates and backs several free and open-source software tools designed to improve collaboration, including, Ubuntu Linux a Debian-based Linux distribution with GNOME desktop, GNU Bazaar a decentralised revision control system, MAAS a bare-metal server provisioning tool, etc., which form a base for smart gateways, self-driving cars, and advanced robots.

Technology Partner

Rokubun is a Barcelona based company offering accurate and scalable navigation technologies beyond those based on the classical Global Navigation Satellite Systems. Rokubun is focused on the research and development of precise and innovative navigation solutions to meet the growing mass market needs for both affordable and accurate geolocation as part of a wider effort to democratise precise navigation for applications in fields such as consumer solutions, agriculture, autonomous driving, and drones.

Media Partner

The Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications is a global non-governmental, non-profit (US 501(c)3) organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals ages 18-35 to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the SGAC network of members, volunteers and alumni has grown to more than 15,000 members representing more than 150 countries.

Media Partner

Geoawesomeness is a blog about geospatial tech and everything awesome around it. They are passionate about gis, maps, location-based apps, geomarketing, drones and remote sensing. With a team of people from all around the world, from different backgrounds, cultures and interests they aim to be not only the best geo-news platform but also to provide constructive commentary about all awesome stuff that is happening in the geo-industry.

Media Partner

A hub that spurs creativity and innovation within the space sector in Europe by creating dedicated resources (through a range of articles, interviews, podcasts, reference materials) that support aspiring entrepreneurs in creating a startup, identify barriers to entering the space market and encourage investors to get behind these initiatives.

Media Partner is the biggest Polish space sector webservice, with a focus on information related to the development of global, European and Polish space sectors. The community around gathers students, graduates, start-up owners/employees, engineers and programmers active in technological companies as well as stakeholders from various public bodies.

Media Partner

Geospatial World is the media and public relations arm of Geospatial Media & Communications. With an average of 135,000+ visitors per month, Geospatial World is easily one of the leading media platforms in the geospatial domain, and is a reliable source of information for professionals in 150+ countries.

Media Partner

Based in France, Aerospace Valley is world’s first aerospace cluster dedicated to the strategic sectors of Aeronautics, Space and Drones, in the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions. With its 5 excellency ecosystems, Aerospace Valley drives a supportive, competitive and attractive community, aimed at fostering innovation in view of growth.

Media Partner

Making visions reality. Science Park Graz is the high-tech incubator for Graz, Styria and beyond. Driven by a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, they help founders transform their ideas into internationally successful businesses. Since 2016, SPG also manages the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Center for Austria and Southeast Europe, thus covering the entire value chain of incubation.

Media Partner

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created by Innovate UK to drive economic growth through the exploitation of space. They work with businesses of all sizes to realise their potential from space infrastructure and its applications. Based in Harwell, Oxfordshire, The Catapult was established in May 2013 as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic impact for the UK.

Media Partner

Eurisy is a Paris based, non-profit association gathering space agencies, international organisations, research institutions, and private businesses involved in space-related activities across Europe. To fulfil its scope, Eurisy stimulates dialogue and collaboration between public institutions at any level, SMEs, industry and academia from the space and non-space sectors. Their goal is to build solid relations with communities new to space, to encourage innovative uses of satellite applications to respond to today’s challenges and to share experiences among professionals from different backgrounds.