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ActInSpace darmstadt || An international innovation contest lead by CNES and ESA


Welcome to Darmstadt - City of Science 

With the European Space Operations Centre ESOC, the beautiful city of Darmstadt is Europe’s Gateway to Space. Since 2016 however it has one more attraction: The ActInSpace – Hackathon!

With more than 40 students, graduates and creative thinkers ESA BIC Darmstadt (managed by cesah) hosted in 2016 ActInSpace at the Applied University of Applied Sciences. 11 teams developed a project with the topic of tomorrow uses and services from space technologies within 24 hours. They were supported by space experts, mentors and got scored by a professional jury. Partners and sponsors were the City of Science, Darmstadt and the University of Applied Sciences, House-of-IT and Hessen Trade&Invest. The national winner-Team "Eneo" won a travel to Toulouse to the "Toulouse Space Show".

We are happy to be part again in 2018 in ActInSpace laughing We are looking for entrepreneurs, students, creative thinkers who would like to take part in this great challenge with like-minded people. The event in Darmstadt will take place on 25th and 26th of May 2018 in the nice HUB31 building. The international final will take place at the Toulouse Space Show 2018 on June 27th. The first prize of the national winner win a travel to the Toulouse Space Show

Are you interested in Space, in topics like EarthObservation, Satellite Navigation, Drone, Balloon, SpaceOperation, ImageProcessing, Materials, Robotic, BigData, ArtificialIntelligence, Moon, Mars, ISS, SpaceExperiment, Ecology, Health, Science and Data?

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We will have technical experts and mentors who will help you and your team. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask our team:


Your ActInSpace Darmstadt Team


Event's organizers

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Our sponsors

Local Sponsors

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National Partner

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About the event

The event will take place in the new technology- and founder center HUB31 in Darmstadt, Hilpertstraße 31.



Program for ActInSpace Darmstadt

Friday, 25.05.2018

11:30 – 12:00 Arrival / Registration

12:00 – 12:30 Welcome speeches:

Sascha Heising, FabSpace 2.0,

Dr. Frank Zimmermann ESA BIC Darmstadt

Nicole Pinto City of Darmstadt

Welcoming Messages from CNES,ESA,ESA BIC Sud France (video)

12:30 – 12:45 Satellites for Earth Applications (by Bayzidul Islam)

12:45 – 13:00 Coffee Break

13:00 – 13:30 Keynote (by Mariella Spada / ESA)

13:30 – 15:00 Teambuilding and challenge selection

15:00 – 16:30 KICK-OFF - Challenges begin

16:30 – 19:00 Space Experts and Coaches Briefing

19:00 - 20:00 Dinner

20:00 – 20:30 Activity Session

20:30 – Open End (Happy hacking)


Saturday, 26.5.2018

0:00 – 09:00 Happy Hacking

09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast

09:30 - 10:30 Happy hacking

10:30 - 12:00 Coaches check project progress 

12:00 - 13:00 Happy hacking

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Finalisation of presentations and pitch preparation  / HACKING END

15:00 - 17:00 Presentation of projects to a jury of professionals

17:00 - 17:15 Jury Evaluation

17:15 - 17:30 Award Ceremony 

17:30 - 18:00 End and Get Together 

18:00 Official End

Our experts for the event

Dr. Frank Zimmermann is the Managing Director of cesah. He will help the teams with his experiences working on their challenges.

FabSpace 2.0 Germany @ESA BIC Managed by cesah GmbH

Md bayzidul ISLAM
Md Bayzidul Islam (FabSpace 2.0 Germany @TU Darmstadt) is a Remote Sensing expert, will help you to access and process Earth Observation imagery for digital application development.

Donata Pedrazzani, ESA BIC Darmstadt Manager, will take part as a jury member.

Mariella SPADA
Mariella Spada is the Head of Strategy and Coordination, Directorate of Operations, European Space Agency - ESA. Mariella will be the keynote speaker and also be part of the jury.

Dr. Camilla Mohrdieck, Senior Expert Multi Source Integration, CIS Engineering, Airbus Defence and Space. She will be a member of the jury and help as space expert on Saturday.

Andreas Heuberger, MA, will be a Business coach during the event and will help the teams to create a business plan.

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Posted on July 6, 2018
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