Hexagon Geospatial Launches IGNITE "M.App of the Future" Challenge
Competition to Award $260,000 for Hexagon Smart M.App® Innovations05 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.
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ABOUT HEXAGON'S GEOSPATIAL DIVISION
Hexagon's Geospatial division is part of Hexagon, a global leader in digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE), where data is connected seamlessly through the convergence of the physical world with the digital, and intelligence is built into all processes. Our division creates solutions that visualize location intelligence. From the desktop to the browser to the edge, we bridge the divide between the geospatial and the operational worlds.
Hexagon is a global leader in digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE). Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 4.3bn USD. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.
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