ActInSpace 2018 (#AIS2018)

ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest initiated by the French Space Agency (CNES) uniting over 60 cities across 5 continents. ActInSpace® is supported by ESA and the ESA Business Incubation Centres network. ESA BIC Sud France, led by Aerospace Valley is in charge of the operational execution of ActInSpace® 3rd edition.

By taking part in ActInSpace®, you’ll be taking part in a truly international event bringing together entrepreneurs, students, job seekers, developers and creatives worldwide. For 24 hours, teams come together to work on real-life challenges alongside business mentors and technical experts and to imagine and design innovative services and products that find every day uses for space technologies or data.

And that’s just the beginning! The winning teams will proceed to the national and international finals to present their project to an international jury of experts on technology transfer and business development. All teams with promising projects will go on to receive guidance from ESA’s Business Incubation Centres and partner incubators to accelerate their project and turn their idea into a real company.

What are ActInSpace® key goals?

  • We want to make people dream bigger and develop their entrepreneurial spirit, especially young people
  • We aspire to show how the space sector is amazing and can positively impact on our daily life
  • We’re driven to demonstrate the social economic potential of the space sector and its ability to boost startup creation
  • We look to build a bridge between civil society and Space Agencies to make patent licensing more accessible
  • We believe ‘women is space’ and want to encourage women to start technical companies

Are you prepared to take on the Challenge?

The Challenges

To help you make your choice, the challenges have been subdivided into different categories. Visit ActInSpace Website to view the different categories!


Hackathon Prizes


Win your ticket for the weightlessness experience!

Have you ever dreamt of flying and forgetting the laws of gravity? Have you ever dreamt of free floating in the air like an astronaut?
Come on board our A310, Flip Float and soar, as if you were in space and enjoy an unforgettable experience of weightlessness…

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A320 pilot training and visit of Airbus satellite integration room and 3D facilities

Enjoy a pilot experience with a flight training session on an Airbus A320 simulator and visit the Airbus satellite integration room and 3D facilities to reach the stars!

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Voucher of 100k€ of satellite derived data and support for a start-up creation

Get access to the best satellite imagery of the Earth through Airbus GeoStore. With its constellation of satellites, Airbus will provide Earth imagery in various sizes, bands, resolutions and revisited styles to you. It’s now your turn to develop new value-added services based on it.
Ready to take it for a test drive? Let’s try our OneAtlas Sandbox:

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Prof Lui Pao Chuen

Advisor, National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office

Mr Beh Kian Teik

Assistant Managing Director, Economic Development Board

Prof Paul Kewene-Hite

Professor for Entreprenuership, INSEAD


SSTA is also looking for qualified mentors (technical and business) and some sponsors for food catering and flight for the winning team. Do let us know if you or you know of an organisation who may be keen to support us!

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