Announcing the Winners of IGNITE!

It’s been a long journey for our IGNITE Finalists, but a rewarding journey nonetheless. 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. Our finalists created dynamic information experiences that provide elegant solutions for global issues. That alone is an amazing accomplishment. Now, it’s time to announce the winners.

Tomasz Berezowski Takes Home $100,000 Grand Prize

Congratulations to Tomasz Berezowski, Lead Developers Marek Strzelecki and Bartosz Majster, and the rest of his Graph Revolution team from the Wroclaw Institute! The Grand Prize-winning Smart M.App, Mind M.App is the first Smart M.App to combine a graph data model with Hexagon Geospatial’s professional geospatial platform. Mind M.App allows you to create maps of associations between entities. Using it, you can record complex knowledge gathered during research or investigation and combine it with external data sources using RDF technology. Once you have your mind map created you can discover hidden links, spatial patterns and infer new knowledge. This can help in a variety of uses, from helping investigative journalists and forensic scientists to visualizing office locations and tracing genealogy.

Second and Third Place Winners

The second place, $50,000-winning Smart M.App was Smart Emissions by Paul Geurts and the Municipality of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. This application combines readings from air and noise pollution sensors and visualizes it in a map, facilitating meaningful urban planning conversations between citizens and their government.

The third place winner was Noel Khan and his AiGIS: US Tax Maps application. The AiGIS application is a fully automated application that helps Tax Assessor offices efficiently georeference their US Assessor maps to leverage the spatial relationships in their data. Noel won $25,000 that he can now reinvest in his new Smart M.App business.

Honorable Mentions

Andrew Kerr from Sweden, received an Honorable Mention for his Everybody Counts: My Safari Smart M.App. This application combines Smart M.App technology with crowd-sourcing smart phone apps used by ecotourists to help perform a census of endangered species in African Safari parks.

Jens Hiestermann from South Africa also received an Honorable Mention for his Smart M.App, GeoFarmer – A Monthly Crop Monitoring Tool. This application uses climatic data and satellite imagery to help agricultural estimators, insurers, and commodity traders determine field-specific crop status.

All of the other finalists who submitted working Smart M.Apps by the 31 October deadline will receive a prize of $5,000 for all of their hard work. We want to again thank everyone that has participated in the IGNITE competition and we hope that all of our finalists will continue to innovate to keep up with the dynamically changing world. Find more Smart M.Apps on the M.App Exchange.

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