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

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Within the framework of the SPARKme project (, the Italian Space Agency is promoting the organisation of the National 2020 ActInSpace Hackathon, which will be organized in Italy for the first time!

Openet Technologies Spa (, as coordinator of the SPARKme initiative and as a SME operating in the space business sector, is coordinating the Italian organisation.

Originally created to foster entrepreneurship, especially among young people, ActInSpace® is a “marathon” of creativity and innovation where participants from a diverse range of backgrounds and with expertise in a variety of fields collaborate in small teams in just 24 hours.

During the ActInSpace® hackathon, experts from the space industry and the business world will be present to advise and accompany the participants.

Italy is ready for the 2020 virtual edition of ActInSpace organized for our country by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in collaboration with OPENET Technologies S.p.A. of Matera with SparkMe, the Business Accelerator dedicated to the Space Economy and the incubator of the Politecnico di Torino i3P.

ActInSpace Italia is open to everyone and participation in the Hackathon is free: students of the aerospace sector, startups who work in the field and want to get involved, designers, marketers and communicators can register until D-Day (November 12th ). To join the event, you need to find a team, develop a project within 24 hours, and finally register for the national competition on the official event website:

The aim is to work on a solution that responds to one of the challenges based on high-level technologies, which however are easy to reuse because they have been selected precisely for their potential commercial applications:

The national competition will take place simultaneously worldwide on 13 and 14 November 2020. In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers for Italy (ASI, Openet Technologies S.p.A. and i3P) have in fact decided to opt for a unique virtual Hackathon event organized nationally in order to ensure maximum safety of the participant

At the end of the Hackathon, the teams will have 7 to 10 minutes to present the project to the Jury who will evaluate the work, using the criteria provided by ActInSpace: validity of the economic and business model, the innovative nature of the project, the potential of the project in the economic and social field, leadership.

The best team of the Italian competition will access the international finals in Toulouse in France; the winners of the ActInSpace 2020 contest will receive many prizes, including the grand prize: a parabolic flight aboard a Zero-G Airbus A310.

Next steps:

  • 13&14 November 2020: Virtual Hackathon - Matera&Turin together on line for a National Competition!
  • February 2021: International finals, during Global Space in Toulouse, the international space rendez-vous


More info:


ActInSpace 2020 Italy Winner! 10 teams connected online for the national Hackathon.
Posted on November 17, 2020
ActInSpace 2020: Italy news!
Posted on November 12, 2020
ActInSpace® 2020: Italy is also ready for the virtual Hackathon The national competition for the best innovative teams in the space sector
Posted on November 05, 2020

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About the event

 is open to everyone: students, aerospace enthusiasts, start-ups working in the field and willing to challenge themselves, designers, marketers and people with communication skills. Your team needs to be multidisciplinary in order to succeed!

The suggested number of teammates is three to five: with less people you’d work alone, with more it would be too chaotic.

You and your team will have 24 hours to work on your project. The aim is to work on a solution answering one of the challenges available on the ActInSpace official website.

All the challenges are based on high-level technologies, which nevertheless are easy to re-use because they have been selected due to their potential for commercial applications.

At the end of the hackathon, you will have 7 to 10 minutes to pitch your project to the national jury that will evaluate your work, using ActInSpace criteria.

The participation to the hackathon is free, you just have to sign up for the local event on the official website.


The hackathon will start on Friday, November 18 and last till Saturday, November 19, 2022. 


Come back to this page in the next weeks to check for further updates!

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