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7 Jun 2016, 12:31 UTC
ActInSpace
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An “international hackathon” in space applications, ActInSpace recently brought together entrepreneurs, students, job seekers, developers and creative users over a weekend to resolve given challenges. Spaceoneers was present at ActInSpace Darmstadt to support some of the teams as they prepared their business cases.The first event of its kind, ActInSpace was organised by CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), ESA (European Space Agency) and ESA BIC to explore science, space and technology transfer, in Germany and in Europe. Simultaneous events took place in 13 countries and in 26 cities, supported by 184 experts across the different locations. A total of 1397 participants took part to resolve 85 challenges.The goal: to resolve these selected challenges in 24 hours through the use of space-developed technologies or space-acquired data. The topics for the challenges were as far ranging as 3D printing, the future of space tourism, and counteracting radiation exposure for deep-space missions, data science, RFID sensors, nano-satellites, smart cities and healthcare.In Darmstadt, we met at the Hochschule (h_da). After some initial team building and introductions, the teams set to work on their challenges. They would then pitch their ideas to a jury, including experts from Airbus Defence and Space, ESA BIC, CESAH, DLR, ...

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