Students, young ICT innovators and owners of startups are invited to participate in this year ActInSpace event, an international innovative contest meant to motivate youngsters to meet challenges based on space applications and technologies, data, patents and infrastructure to launch start-ups and innovations as well as unleash their entrepreneurial capabilities.
ActInSpace contest is specifically designed for students, but open to everyone. The objective is to encourage start-up creation and promote the use of space technologies and space acquired data to change citizens’ lives, to boost employment and to protect our planet.
Furthermore, it presents an opportunity for participants worldwide to work on creating business prospectives for the challenges using patents, technologies and satellite data made available by partners of the contest, to create start-ups. The challenges are based on high-level technologies, which are easy to re-use because, they have been selected due to their potential for commercial applications. The contest is also a platform for young people to be coached, advised and encouraged by top technical and business experts.
The winners of the ActInSpace contest will receive prizes, with the grand prize being a Zero-G Airbus A310 parabolic flight. However, the main goal is to reach solutions ready to launch start-up companies.
For ActInSpace participants in Nigeria, the challenge application was released on February 29, 2020. Applications should be submitted online. Successful applicants will meet at the national finals in April 2020 in Abuja. The winner or winning team will represent Nigeria at the grand finale in France, in June, 2020. For more information on this, visit nigcomsat.gov.ng
ActInSpace became a global event in 2018. The contest took place on May 25-26 2018 in 32 countries and 54 cities. ActInSpace has over 3,300 entrants in its third edition with 2,200 participation on one day of the event with more than 550 teams working for 24 hours on one of the 80 challenges set. This year’s event will take place in 50 countries, 92 cities with 447 selected applicants participating in 21 challenges.
ActInSpace is organised in collaboration with CNES, European Space Agency(ESA), Airbus and others.
Don’t be left out if you meet the requirements, register now at https://actinspace.org/register.