The 4th edition of ActInSpace®, which will take place in 50 countries and 100 cities. ActInSpace® is the reference international competition for imagining the products and services of tomorrow using satellite data or space applications.

Launched by CNES (the French government space agency) in 2014 and supported by ESA since 2016, ActInSpace® aims at fostering entrepreneurship, especially among young people. Midway between a start-up weekend and a hackathon, ActInSpace® enables teams with different profiles throughout the world to take up, in just 24 hours, one of the challenges set up by CNES, ESA and their partners.

For the 2020 edition, the objective is to extend the international dimension of the event. Therefore CNES and ESA have renewed their trust in Aerospace Valley, who as manager of the ESA BIC South France, will once again be in charge of the operational organisation. ActInSpace® should take place in 50 countries and 100 cities. The finals will take place in Toulouse, France, in June 2020 during Global Space in Toulouse, the new international meeting for the space industry, a platform for the world’s latest innovations and technologies and a driver for meetings and collaborations.

The best team wins a ZeroG flight in the European astronaut’s aircraft and all competitors get the opportunity to be accompanied for the launch of their startup.

Registration for ActInSpace opens on 29 February 2020!

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What Is ActInSpace®?

Launched by CNES (French government space agency) in 2014 and co-organised by ESA since 2016, ActInSpace® is an international competition enabling to imagine the products and services of tomorrow using satellite data or space applications. Created in order to foster entrepreneurship, especially among young people, midway between a startup weekend and a hackathon, ActInSpace® enables teams with different profiles throughout the world to take up, in just 24 hours, one of the challenges set up by CNES, ESA and their partners, and finally launch their startup.

During the ActInSpace® hackathon, experts from the space industry and the business world are present to advise and accompany the contestants. Through these challenges, combining proactiveness, pushing the limits and team spirit, ActInSpace® fosters and facilitates entrepreneurship among young people while promoting space technologies for daily uses, for the benefit of citizens, employment and our planet.

One of the objectives of ActInSpace® is to create a bridge between space agencies and citizens. Therefore, the competition offers challenges based on CNES and ESA patents, which participants can access exceptionally. In order to actually launch their project, after the hackathon, they get to meet inventors and experts from the space agencies. Some partners also offer challenges, based on satellite data (Pléïades for Airbus, GNSS for the GSA…) and accompany the participants in the same way. Examples of challenges can be seen on: https://actinspace.org/challenges

During the ActInSpace® hackathon, experts from the space industry and the business world are present to advise and accompany the contestants.

Through these challenges, combining proactiveness, pushing the limits and team spirit, ActInSpace® fosters and facilitates entrepreneurship among young people while promoting space technologies for daily uses, for the benefit of citizens, employment and our planet.

During the ActInSpace® hackathon, experts from the space industry and the business world are present to advise and accompany the contestants. Through these challenges, combining proactiveness, pushing the limits and team spirit, ActInSpace® fosters and facilitates entrepreneurship among young people while promoting space technologies for daily uses, for the benefit of citizens, employment and our planet.

Since the 1st edition of ActInSpace®, some 35 startups have actually been launched in the different host countries. Among recent examples features Australian company Wright Technologies, winner of ActInSpace® Grand International Prize in 2018 for its tamper-proof identification and registration system for UAV operators, using a CNES Patent based on Galileo.

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