1st Galileo Hackathon

We are looking for passionate coders who want to shape the future of Location-Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT. Become a pioneer developer and discover how Galileo can help transform ideas into reality!

Join our two-day Galileo Hackathon, showcase your skills, connect with the GEO-IoT app-dev community, gain a competitive advantage for your future projects and win great prizes for you and your team.


Satellite positioning has become an essential service for many businesses and critical infrastructures that we often take for granted. Until now, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) users have had to depend on the American GPS or the Russian GLONASS. With Galileo, Europe’s new satellite navigation system, users will have a reliable European civilian alternative.

Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information that will greatly benefit European services and users, including the Location-Based Services (LBS) community. Being fully compatible with all existing and future GNSS, Galileo will enable a more seamless and accurate experience for multi-constellation users around the world.


Galileo Hackathon participants will be among the first to work with Galileo-enabled mobile phones. We need creative heads to come up with innovative applications, that make use of the full breadth of Galileo’s capabilities. It can be anything. Just show us how your application can generate an added commercial or societal value by using the Galileo services.


If you are already working on an LBS-based app, or you want to test your skills while developing a prototype, the Galileo Hackathon is for you.


3 November

9:00 Check-in & team registration opens at GSA booth

13:00 - 13:20 Event Kick-off by GSA (Welcome & Galileo introduction) (Track 1)

13:40 - 14:00 Participants’ introduction (Explanation of Rules & Introduction into developers’ environment) (Track 2)

14:00 Start of Programming

18:00 Team registration closes

4 November

10:30 30-minute warning to project demo time

11:00 - 12:00 Live Project demonstration

12:00 - 13:00 Judges confer on their top picks

13:00 - 13:30 Prizes awarded & closing statements

14:00 – 15:00 Networking & Coffee

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,000 in prizes

Galileo Innovate

For the most innovative Galileo app.

Galileo Impact

For the Galileo app with the biggest societal impact.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Anybody interested in developing new applications using Galileo, the European Global Navigation Satellite System.

You can join as a team (2-4 people) or as an individual. Don’t worry, you’ll find plenty of other teammates on-site.  The 1st Galileo Hackathon is perfect for:

  1. Individual Professional Developers
  2. Students
  3. Startups & Small Organizations
  4. Teams from Large Organizations


Participants are required to register both for the WhereCamp Berlin and the Galileo Hackathon. Only participants that will participate both days of the event and present their results will be eligible to win prizes.The competition project must make use of Galileo.

How to enter

The 1st Galieleo Hackathon is hosted at the 2016 WhereCamp Berlin.

Make sure all team members have signed up for the 1st Galileo Hackathon here, and for WhereCamp Berlin here. Both registrations are free. 


The judging team is composed of representatives from the mobile technology industry and location-based services (LBS), and experts in GNSS applications.

The judging team is composed of representatives from the mobile technology industry and location-based services (LBS), and experts in GNSS applications.

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    Is your idea introducing new elements not available in the market today?
  • Social Good
    What is the benefit of your project for society ?
  • Market readiness
    How close is the work to a complete project?
  • Usability/Design
    Are the design and interface intuitive? How user-centric is this project?
  • Usefulness
    How important is the problem that’s being addressed? How is the solution better than what’s in the market already?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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