2016 Year in Review: IGNITE

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One of the major events from 2016 was our first-ever IGNITE competition. IGNITE was announced during HxGN LIVE 2015 in Hong Kong, but it officially kicked off at the beginning of 2016. Our IGNITE participants endured a long journey, from attending global IGNITE sessions, to brainstorming ideas for apps that can solve real-world problems, to then bringing those ideas to life in a working Hexagon Smart M.App. Let’s take a look at the great stories from IGNITE in 2016.

IGNITE Your Innovation – Entrepreneurs Challenge
The beginning of 2016 marked the start of our IGNITE sessions. Open to competitors worldwide, IGNITE participants learned about the Hexagon Smart M.App platform through a series of IGNITE sessions held in cities across the globe. IGNITE sessions also offered participants a chance to gain hands-on development experience from Smart M.App experts.

#AskMladenDid you Miss the Chance to #AskMladen About IGNITE?
In his first Twitter Town Hall, Mladen Stojic answered your #AskMladen questions about IGNITE and the Hexagon Smart M.App platform. We covered everything IGNITE and Smart M.App-related including what a Hexagon Smart M.App is, the IGNITE competition details, how to get involved, the IGNITE themes and more! At the very end of the discussion, Mladen answered more specific questions from online participants.

IGNITE Worldwide Tour Winds Down… But the Best Is Yet to Come!
Hexagon Geospatial’s global series of IGNITE workshops concluded on April 26. The last session took place in São Paulo, Brazil, and marked the 32nd IGNITE session conducted around the globe—from Moscow to Melbourne to Mexico City—each session averaged nearly 50 attendees each. The deadline to submit a Smart M.App idea was extended to May 8. We urged innovators and entrepreneurs to join in!

HxGN LIVE 2016 – Wednesday, June 15
President Mladen Stojic announced the 20 IGNITE finalists that moved on to build their Smart M.Apps and compete for the $100K grand prize during his during the Geospatial Keynote at HxGN LIVE 2016 in Anaheim.

IGNITE Smart M.Apps are in!The Final Phase of the IGNITE Challenge Has Begun!
We’ve reached the final phase of the IGNITE competition. At this time, the IGNITE Smart M.Apps were made available in the M.App Exchange, and the judges began their evaluation of each entry to pick the winners!

Announcing the Winners of IGNITE!
On December 15, 2016, Hexagon Geospatial announced the first, second, and third place winner’s of the IGNITE competition! The $100,000 first place prize goes to Tomasz Berezowski and Mind M.App! Second place goes to Paul Geurts with Smart Emissions and third place goes to Noel Khan and AiGIS: US Tax Maps.

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Rosalie Azzato

Rosalie Azzato joined the Hexagon Geospatial team as a Digital Marketing Specialist in July 2015. In her role, Rosalie helps in developing marketing campaigns and strategies to direct online traffic to the company website through social media, contributing to industry and company blogs, and keeping up to date with current digital trends. Rosalie obtained a Bachelor of Science in Communication, as well as a minor in marketing, from Kennesaw State University. Outside of work, Rosalie enjoys attending concerts, spending time with her friends and family, and cuddling with her dog, Darla.

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