IGNITE – Create the M.App of the Future

IGNITE is more than a competition. It’s your chance to create an innovative Hexagon Smart M.App that can change the world. Read Overview...


For hundreds of years, maps have provided one of the best ways to communicate information about location and relationships. From the power of the paper map to the recent proliferation of digital maps on mobile devices, we have seen some amazing technological advancements.

By their very nature, maps are static pictures of the world at a point in the past, incapable of being rapidly updated. Even though they are delivered in digital format, they describe what was and not what is or what can be. Today, the geographic picture is not enough; what we desperately require is dynamic illustrated business information.

It’s time to change the way the world thinks about maps with the Hexagon Smart M.App.


A Hexagon Smart M.App is a cloud application that focuses on communicating information. These applications transform geospatial information into 360° business analytics and meaningful visualizations. By integrating the most up-to-date geospatial content, you can ensure that your app delivers time-sensitive answers. This game-changing platform has revolutionized the way we envision, experience and communicate geographic information.

We have already created some Hexagon Smart M.Apps. You can browse these in the M.App Exchange and watch the demo videos to see how they are changing the mapping industry.


We are seeking partners who can help us build the M.App of the Future.

IGNITE is a competition to create an innovative Hexagon Smart M.App that will solve real world issues in a smart, fresh way.  You are invited to plan and build a dynamic information experience that provides an elegant solution to a mainstream, global issue.


We want you to innovate around six core themes that represent areas of global importance and are vital to the future of our planet.

You can submit ideas in one (or more) of these themes. The challenge addressed in your Hexagon Smart M.App should be easily understood and should capture significant attention and interest.

Choose from the following challenge themes:

  • Finance
  • Food
  • Safety
  • Infrastructure
  • Health
  • Conservation


IGNITE is much more than an opportunity to win cash. This is your chance to build an app that you own, and earn money selling it on our eCommerce platform.

All of the IP from your idea and final solution is your own. Build your revolutionary app on our platform and let us take you to market on the M.App Exchange. All sales from your game-changing application earn you a 70/30 revenue split.


We are here to help!

For guidance and hands-on experience with the Hexagon Smart M.App development environment, we will facilitate IGNITE Sessions across the globe between February 15 and April 15, 2016.

The IGNITE Sessions are one-day workshops organized and hosted by Hexagon Geospatial staff and partners. These forums offer a unique opportunity to work alongside subject matter experts, exchange ideas, and also dig into the M.App Studio to learn how to build targeted applications.


IGNITE will launch in January 2016, inviting you to submit your ideas before May 8. At HxGN LIVE 2016 in Anaheim, we will announce the finalists, equipping them to build their Hexagon Smart M.Apps. IGNITE will end in early December 2016 with the announcement of winners and distribution of prizes – and the ability for future monetization on the Hexagon Smart M.Apps created.

See Timeline for more details.


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Seasonal Forecasts for Growers

March 27, 2017, 5 a.m. PDT by Rosalie Azzato

Join Hexagon Geospatial and IGNITE Finalist Christopher Nankervis  to learn how to deliver weather insights at the farm-field level.

The Climate-Smart Crop application presents detailed information that is dynamic, and can be tailored to any crop. This Smart M.App is a first step toward tackling food security by communicating seasonal climate forecasts to farmers.

Crop quality and yield is adversely impacted by seasonal weather variability, such as frost and temperature extremes. Chris will demonstrate how seasonal forecasts can help assist field level planning and decision making for winter crops.

Title: Climate-Smart Crop: Seasonal Forecasts for Growers
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 10 am EDT

Enhance Your Analysis with Crowdsourcing!

March 20, 2017, 5 a.m. PDT by Rosalie Azzato

Join Hexagon Geospatial and IGNITE Finalist Andrew Kerr, as we discuss the test case of how Smart M.App technology using public and professional sightings of African Wild Dogs is playing a key role in their conservation.
The Everybody Counts Smart M.App is an end-to-end turn-key process for crowd-sourcing sightings of interest. Public sightings can easily be reported and are dynamically displayed by the Everybody Counts Smart M.App.  The information extracted from this analysis can be used to better understand sighting patterns and improve planning.

Title: Everybody Counts - Enhance Your Analysis with Crowdsourcing
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 10 am EDT

Solve Location-Based Challenges with Mind M.App

March 13, 2017, 5 a.m. PDT by Rosalie Azzato

Join Hexagon Geospatial and IGNITE winner Tomasz Berezowski for a 30-minute webcast on functionality and real life use case demonstrations. During this webcast we will present Mind M.App - a unique Smart M.App combining a graph data model with a professional geospatial platform for forensic analysis, investigative research and anti-terrorism.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about this truly unique software which could revolutionize existing workflows or provide a gateway to discovering a new market niche. 

Title: Discover the Hidden Links and Spatial Patterns with Mind M.App
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 10 am EST

Cleaner Cities with Smart Emissions

March 7, 2017, 6:29 a.m. PST by Rosalie Azzato

Join Hexagon Geospatial and our business partner Imagem, to learn how the Smart Emission Network, based on Smart M.App technology, allows you to participate in the global discussion on air and noise pollution with an independent, low cost, plug-and-play sensor network. Transparent monitoring of sensors bring high value and insight to the participants in this Smart City project.

Webcast highlights:

  • Gain a quick real-time view of the current situation including traffic data.
  • See a real-time view of current temperature, pressure, humidity, air quality readings, and sound level readings.
  • Find out about a specific situation in relation to other sensors in the network or in the network as a whole.
  • Drill down in the data for a specific sensor and see how the air quality has evolved over time and compare it to other related data in the same time period.

Title: Cleaner Cities with Smart Emissions
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 10 am EST

Make Georeferencing Tax Maps Fast and Easy!

Feb. 23, 2017, 7:54 a.m. PST by Rosalie Azzato

Do you want a way to align your tax maps with your survey maps quickly? Register for this webcast and we will show you a new simple cost effective technology you can use in-house.

Join Hexagon Geospatial and IGNITE award winner, Noel Khan to learn how the AiGIS Smart M.App automates georeferencing of US tax maps making this data accurate and available for those who need it.

Title: How to Make Georeferencing Tax Maps Fast and Easy with AiGIS
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 10 am EST

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