April 7, 2016

Registration open for 2016 #ActInSpace®

Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May, CNES, ESA and ESA BIC Sud France1 are organizing the second ActInSpace® international space applications hackathon2. Taking place simultaneously in 14 countries and 28 cities, 12 in France, the event is open to a broad public and aims to nurture student entrepreneurial initiatives employing space technologies.

For its second edition, the organizers of ActInSpace® are opening the event to an international audience. A first of its kind in France, this initiative is designed to consolidate the space sector’s vibrant image, raise awareness of the ESA BIC network and show how space technologies are supporting applications that reach into all areas of our daily lives.

For this second edition open to all, candidates will be teaming together to devise an innovative and realistic project to meet the space challenges set by CNES, ESA and other players in just 24 hours.

The teams will be mentored throughout the weekend by engineering and business coaches who will be giving them the keys to present the best possible project to the jury.

The best projects from each participating city will then go forward to the national final on Tuesday 28 June in France and the international final on Wednesday 29 June at the Toulouse Space Show.

This year, ActInSpace® has found in Airbus Defence & Space (ADS) a sponsor of international renown to match the scale of its ambitions. In addition to its sponsorship of the event, ADS will be providing its own experts, setting challenges and presenting a special prize.

The prizes on offer to candidates will also reflect the event’s new dimension, as the 1st prize at the French final—to which our France sponsor Air France KLM is contributing—will be a trip to view a launch in French Guiana, while the winners of the 1st international prize—with the help of our international sponsor Novespace—will get the chance to experience the thrill of weightlessness on board an astronaut training aircraft.

So why not try your luck, discover the applications of space technologies, invent the innovations of the future or simply come along for the fun of the event:

More at www.actinspace.org
Detailed information at https://entreprises.cnes.fr/fr/web/CNES-fr/11210-actinspace.php

(1)    Set up in 2013 at the Paris Air Show, the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Sud France is the European Space Agency’s first such centre in France (there are 13 others in Europe). It is managed by the Aerospace Valley competitiveness cluster in conjunction with CNES and the Safe cluster. It comprises six incubators in the Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions: Technopole Bordeaux Technowest, ESTIA Entreprendre, CEEI Théogone, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and the Midi-Pyrenees and PACA-Est incubators. Since its inception, it has incubated 24 start-ups. Candidates must make use of space data or transfer space technologies to other sectors.

More at www.esa-bic.fr

(2)    Collaborative problem-solving and programming event organized by NASA over several days.

ESA BIC Sud France contacts
Sylvie Lagarrigue    Tel. +33 (0)6 79 68 14 05    lagarrigue@aerospace-valley.com
Aurélie Baker    Tel. +33 (0)5 61 14 58 02    baker@aerospace-valley.com

CNES contacts
Pascale Bresson    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Julien Watelet    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 78 37    julien.watelet@cnes.fr