Save the date: the ActInSpace® hackathon has been postponed to the 13th & 14th November 2020

Have you ever dreamt of working with technologies developed for the conquest of space, or those made to make a rocket launch? ActInSpace offers the chance to work on CNES and ESA patents, and fosters startup creation.

ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest initiated by the French Space Agency (CNES) uniting over 100 cities across 5 continents for inspiring young women and men worldwide to meet challenges based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures to launch start-ups into all areas of our daily lives.

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.

In addition, 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.

  • The prizes, and among them 
    • Airbus Entrepreneurship Prize, €100,000 of satellite-derived data from the Airbus OneAtlas digital platform);  
    • Airbus Innovation Prize, a flight training session on an A320 simulator and visit of satellite integration room and 3D facilities);  
    • Continental Prize, will help the winning team to make their project be known (social media) and will support the team in the project development (experts support and innovation structure);   
    • Suez Environment Prize, to meet the SUEZ Research and Operations Center experts to develop your revolutionary idea and discover SUEZ’s behind-the-scenes);   
    • CLS KIneis Ocean Sustainability Prize, will receive support over 3-6 months from its DataLab staff, used to support CLS internal innovation program, will grant access to some historical datasets, and will provide free access to its Space Priority Program that can be leveraged to start a POC.
  • The Tools, a series of documents that will be published leading up to the ActInSpace 2020 contest.  
  • The Challenges, that will be solved during the Hackathon. Many thematic are available: #IOT , #IT , #Environment , #Security , #Energy , #Ealth #Climate #EO #Agriculture.  
  • The winners of the 2018 Edition
  • The Post: CNES and AASO join forces - Africa enters the ActInSpace fold.

ActInSpace® is supported by ESA and the ESA Business Incubation Centres network. Aerospace Valley, has been mandated by the CNES and ESA and is in charge of the operational execution of ActInSpace® 4th edition.

About CNES
The Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe. CNES is the overall decision-maker for the event its overall communication plan, the rules of the competition and the coordinator for the preparation of the challenges.

About ESA Space Solutions
ESA Space Solutions is a ‘one-stop shop’ for re-purposing space technology. ESA has been involved in ActInSpace® since its 2nd edition in 2016 and ESA space solutions´ role is to promote the contest's international dimension, opening up opportunities for using space technologies and data for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe and worldwide.

About AeroSpace Valley
Aerospace Valley is the biggest European cluster dedicated to aeronautics, space, drone and embedded systems. Since 2013, Aerospace Valley is the manager of the European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubation Centre (BIC).