GNSS Experts to Judge 2011 Satellite Navigation Applications Idea Contest

Find out more about 2011 USA Challenge applications ideas

Six judges — satellite navigation engineering experts from Stanford University, the Air Force Institute of Technology, Overlook Systems, NovAtel, KLA Global, the Institute of Navigation, and Inside GNSS — will select the finalists in the 2011 USA Challenge, one of 23 regional contests in this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).

Find out more about 2011 USA Challenge applications ideas

Six judges — satellite navigation engineering experts from Stanford University, the Air Force Institute of Technology, Overlook Systems, NovAtel, KLA Global, the Institute of Navigation, and Inside GNSS — will select the finalists in the 2011 USA Challenge, one of 23 regional contests in this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).

The ESNC and USA Challenge competitions encourage GNSS product development and help application designers promote their new ideas and put them into practice.

Five spirited entrepreneurs whose GNSS applications or location-based services have won the support of the judges will be invited to participate in the ION GNSS 2011 conference in Portland, Oregon.

Judging is now under way for 18 completed entries received in the USA Challenge 2011, part of a record 401 commercial application ideas from business-minded developers in 50 countries.

The USA Challenge judges are:

Neil Gerein, a Canadian GNSS systems engineer and aerospace and defense product manager for NovAtel, Inc. (a USA Challenge sponsor). He has spent several years working on Galileo receiver design.

Hans Kunze, a GNSS engineer and business consultant, has worked in international business development at GPS companies for 20 years. He’s also a technical editor for Inside GNSS magazine.

John Raquet, an electrical engineering professor at the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, directs the Advanced Navigation Technology Center at its home at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, Ohio. He chairs the ION satellite division, sponsors of ION GNSS 2011.

Doug Taggart, president of Overlook Systems Technologies Inc. and an electrical engineer. His Washington D.C.-based firmworks with the Department of Defense and NASA on GPS engineering and policy.

Todd Walter, a senior research engineer in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He is president of the Institute of Navigation this year.

and
Glen Gibbons
, editor and publisher of Inside GNSS.

In addition to a cash prize, the USA Challenge winner will be featured in a cover article in the November/December issue of Inside GNSS

Regional and special topic winners from all over the world will
celebrate on October 19 in Munich, Germany, and will find out who won
the top €20,000 award — the 2011 Galileo Master.

Last year’s USA CHALLENGE winner was Elliot Klein, of New York City, who developed a mobile voting application, eVOTZ. In the overall 2010 ESNC competition, an Austrian start-up company, Mobilizy, took home the €20,000 grand prize for its Wikitude Drive navigation system, which uses augmented reality to superimpose driving directions over live street video on smartphones.

The USA Challenge is sponsored by Inside GNSS magazine, Canadian GNSS OEM manufacturer NovAtel Inc., and the Institute of Navigation.

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