Hexagon Geospatial Launches IGNITE "M.App of the Future" Challenge

Competition to Award $260,000 for Hexagon Smart M.App® Innovations

05 January 2016

NORCROSS, Ga., and LOS ANGELES, January 5, 2016 —  Hexagon Geospatial today announced IGNITE — a first of its kind competition with $260,000 in prizes for innovations that utilize the Hexagon Smart M.App platform to build dynamic business applications combining fresh location information and powerful analysis to visualize answers to real-world dilemmas.

Open to competitors worldwide, IGNITE utilizes the HeroX crowdsourcing model designed to bring about radical business, technological and social innovation benefitting local and global communities, inspiring new industries and catalyzing markets.

"IGNITE is an opportunity to revolutionize the M.App by expanding beyond the typical geospatial marketplace and encourage the mainstream development of solutions that utilize geospatial information for solving global issues," said Hexagon Geospatial President, Mladen Stojic. "Winning ideas will utilize the popular Hexagon Smart M.App platform to connect to timely geospatial information and build elegant solutions that communicate not just what was, but also what is, and what can be. They will focus on areas that are important to the future and sustainability of our planet and society such as finance, food, safety, infrastructure, health and conservation."

Preparing to Enter the Competition: IGNITE Sessions

Competitors can find judging criteria and enter the competition through May 1, 2016 by submitting ideas for innovative applications at the IGNITE Challenge website.  Hexagon Geospatial will help participants prepare to enter the competition with a series of IGNITE Sessions — one-day workshops with subject matter and Hexagon Smart M.App experts offered globally from February 15 to April 15, 2016.

Judging and Prizes

Twenty finalists will be selected and announced at HxGN LIVE Anaheim, Hexagon’s annual international conference in June 2016. Finalists will then have until August 31, 2016 to build, deploy and submit complete, executable Hexagon Smart M.Apps using M.App Studio on the M.App Exchange.

The top 3 finalists will be announced in December, 2016 and awarded the following cash prizes:

  • 1st Place: $100K
  • 2nd Place: $50K
  • 3rd Place: $25K

The remaining 17 finalists will each receive $5,000 prizes for their submissions.

"The HeroX crowdsourcing methodology is ideal for bringing new levels of innovation to exciting and broadly applicable technology like the Hexagon Smart M.App platform," said HeroX CEO, Christian Cotichini. "We are very excited about the launch of the IGNITE challenge. The competition is open to anyone with a great idea for using geospatial information to solve pressing global issues, so we expect hundreds of exceptional entries from all over the world."

About the Hexagon Smart M.App®

The map of the future is not a map. It is a dynamic information experience, a Hexagon Smart M.App. These smart cloud applications employ targeted workflows to distill fresh, geospatial content into 360° business analytics and meaningful visualizations to deliver answers as an online information experience. This game-changing platform is revolutionizing the way we envision, experience and communicate geographic information. 

About HeroX http://www.herox.com

Founded in 2013, HeroX exists at the intersection of crowdsourcing, competition and collaboration, using each to drive positive change.  A suite of tools and services to help spark and build awareness for new solutions to social and economic challenges, the HeroX incentive prize platform connects funding companies and individuals with problem solvers. 

Twitter: @Iamherox
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Media Contacts:

Jay Pongonis for Hexagon Geospatial

Lynda Kaye, Kaye Public Relations for HeroX

About Hexagon Geospatial

Hexagon Geospatial helps you make sense of the dynamically changing world. Hexagon Geospatial provides the software products and platforms to a large variety of customers through direct sales, channel partners and other Hexagon businesses. For more information, visit www.hexagongeospatial.com.

Hexagon Geospatial is a part of Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information. They are used in a broad range of vital industries.
Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has more than 16,000 employees in 46 countries and net sales of approximately 3.4bn USD. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

For Further Information:

Jay Pongonis
Marketing Communications Manager

Hexagon Smart M.Apps

Hexagon Smart M.Apps® provide a powerful, yet simple way to incorporate dynamic analysis into intelligent maps which not only model the world as it is, but as it will be.