The SmeSpire Consortium in collaboration with SUNSHINE, i-Scope, C-Spaceand eENVplus projects is proud to launch the first SmeSpire Challenge to stimulate new business ideas originating from the INSPIRE implementation process having geo-ICT SMEs as key players.
The challenge is structured into two tracks: “Best Practices for INSPIRE” and “Open Source Software for INSPIRE”, encouraging submissions related to successful INSPIRE implementations in vertical application domains.
More information about the SmeSpire Challenge 2014 here.
CEN/TC 287 Award
The Technical Committee “Geographic information” of the European Committee for Standardization, CEN/TC 287 recognizes the key contribution standardization brings to many European funded projects. These projects require harmonization, updating, or the development of new standards to meet project deliverables, thus energising standardization in the field of Geographic information for the benefit of the wider European forum.
Since 2011, CEN/TC 287 has organized the Award for Excellence and Innovation in INSPIRE. This year the Award will welcome applications from EU funded projects contributing to the use of Geographical Information standards in INSPIRE implementation processes and in SDI development. The award aims to stimulate EU funded projects to use Geographical Information standards and to widely disseminate related Best Practices.
This year, the Award is sponsored and supported by Trilogis, an SME active in the geospatial standardisation sector, who will offer a trophy to the winning submission. The winner will be presented with the trophy at the INSPIRE conference which will take place between 16 and 20
June 2014, in Aalborg, Denmark, creating a unique dissemination opportunity for the winning project.
EU funded projects should submit the work in the form of a short paper or report, targeting the following evaluation criteria:
a) technical quality (i.e. thoroughness, completeness, identification of issues and recommended solutions);
b) relevance to the scope of INSPIRE;
c) relevance to standardization in the field of geospatial information;
d) presentation (i.e. clarity, readability).
Submissions are required by 20 May 2014 electronically including an abstract of a maximum 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should confirm that they will be attending the INSPIRE Conference.
The TC/287 Management Group will review the submissions, and the work that is considered of highest quality and is most innovative will be selected for the Award.
Europa Challenge 2014
The Europa Challenge provides the opportunity for Europe's *best and brightest* to deliver sustainable solutions to the European community. And do this in ways that serve local, regional, national or international interests, while also advancing the career opportunities for those who accept the challenge. This is an international challenge open to all on our home planet. See the 2013 Winners, China had one of the top teams last year.
The top three teams will take home the crystal Europa Challenge bull! And a few hundred Euros!
More information about the Europa Challenge 2014 here.
The GI Norden Award
The GI Norden Award of Honour is awarded in appreciation of an exceptional remarkable contribution within the field of geographic information in the Nordic countries. The only conditions for the Award of Honour is that the recipient has shown exceptional initiatives or brought about an important result within the field of geographic information, but the selection shall particularly emphasize the person’s work in the Nordic region in general.