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

- Turin -

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, until the delivery of their project to the local jury, which will select and award the best projects.

Italy is ready for the 2022 edition of ActInSpace organized in Turin by I3P, the Innovative Companies Incubator of Politecnico di Torino, in collaboration with CNES and ESA with the support of Aerospace Valley and many local sponsors. The hackathon participants will have the chance to get in contact with ESA BIC Turin, the local incubation program which offers funding opportunities and a wide range of business and technical services to boost the development of space start-ups, and with its several industry partners.

ActInSpace Turin 2022 is open to everyone, with free participation: students of the aerospace sector, developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, marketers and communicators can register to take part in the hackathon. To join the event, you need to find a team, develop a project within 24 hours answering to one of the many available challenges from ESA and pitch it at the end of the hackathon, aiming to win one of the local prizes and to advance to the international finals for the global prizes.

During the pitch session, the teams will have about 8 minutes to present the project to the jury who will evaluate it, using the five criteria provided by ActInSpace: validity of the economic and business model to turn the project into a real start-up, innovative and original nature of the project, potential impact on business or society, leadership & team, most inspirational project/team.

The best teams will access the international finals in France, and the winners of the ActInSpace 2022 global hackathon will receive many prizes, including the main one: a parabolic flight aboard a Zero-G Airbus A310.

Next steps:

  • November 18 & 19, 2022: in-person hackathon @ I3P headquarters, Turin
  • February 2023: International finals in Cannes, France

More info:

ActInSpace Turin 2022: the award-winning projects at the I3P space hackathon
Posted on November 25, 2022
ActInSpace 2022 lands in Turin to foster space entrepreneurship
Posted on October 21, 2022
ActInSpace 2020 Italy Winner! 10 teams connected online for the national Hackathon.
Posted on November 17, 2020

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About the event


ActInSpace 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 register for the local event on the official website.


The hackathon will start on Friday, November 18 and last till Saturday, November 19, 2022. The full event schedule will be published soon.


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

Discover the winners of the locals editions !
Posted on November 24, 2020
AIS webinar !
Posted on October 30, 2020
Only a few weeks until ActInSpace 2020 !
Posted on October 29, 2020
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