Geo Agenda win the University Challenge 2013

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Well done to Filipe Sousa and Luis Gomes who took home the special topic prize for the ESNC University Challenge- for the second year in a row! Paul Bhatia the General Manager of GRACE and Co-ordinator of the GENIUS project awarded the prize at the prestigious awards ceremony held in Munich on 5 November 2013.

The winning idea Geo-Agenda was awarded first place out of a total of 68 ideas in this year’s competition. The duo from Outcapsa, based in Oporto, Portugal won a £1000 cash prize and will qualify for up to £8000 business support from Awapatent and GRACE.

The winning idea offers a new agenda concept that, based on the perception of the environment, can remind a person what needs to be done in the right time and place. GeoAgenda combines GNSS data and POI database information to provide reminders and warnings about what needs to be done when and where. For instance, if you need to buy milk, how can you set a reminder to alert you at the right moment? GeoAgenda will connect the act of purchasing milk with supermarkets and display a corresponding reminder to the user when he or she is near a supermarket location. GeoAgenda can also deal with meetings by, for example, alerting the participants to the delays others may be facing. Using GNSS signals and the Google Maps API, GeoAgenda can calculate the delays of each person (e.g. resulting from traffic jams) and allow the others to better manage their waiting time.

1 in 6 entrants of the ESNC this chose the university challenge special topic prize this year out of a total choice of 7 special topics. 1 in 4 of the entrants originated from either a university or research centre demonstrating the importance of universities contribution to the GNSS ideas/applications& new business agenda.