ActInSpace is an international innovation contest (or hackathon), conceived by the French Space Agency (CNES), that aims to bring 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 everyday uses for space technologies or data. Some of the key goals of this event include helping young people develop their entrepreneurial spirit and to demonstrate the socioeconomic potential of the space industry.
The first Canadian iteration of ActInSpace was held in 2018 in partnership with the CSA and Space Concordia in Montreal. Team Nebula, whose ‘nitrotarp’ pitch offered affordable, deployable tent structures for refugees and mining operations, took first place, and made it all the way to the international semi-final in Toulouse, France (pictured below). Teams have the opportunity to advance to the international finals where teams with promising projects will go on to receive guidance from European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centres and partner incubators to accelerate their project and turn their idea into a real company.