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

Act In Space Luxembourg

We are ready for Act In Space 2020!

This year #ActInSpace2020 Luxembourg will take place at Technoport technology business incubator in Belval (Esch-sur-Alzette). The event is organized by Technoport and InTech.



The event was created by the CNES & the ESA. The hackathon is running every two years at international level. Each participating country organises a national hackathon whose winning team will participate in the international final in Toulouse.

The main goals of Act In Space hackathon are:

  • To foster and enforce entrepreneurial and innovation management practices of participants by offering a game-based learning experience;
  • To promote space;
  • To promote the creation of start-ups by using and adapting space technologies to our daily life;
  • To create an event focused on space and innovation in Luxembourg.

During this hackathon several teams (of 5 people max each) will have to work on the challenges offered by the CNES, the ESA and other sponsors in 24h. Each team has to choose the preferred challenge among the this list


This year also a Luxembourg challenge "Configure test a DIY lunar rover" has been introduced, in collaboration with the Space Robotics Research Group from the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg. The challenge consists in conceptualizing an application that allows to configure rovers to find resources on the moon. A specific prize is dedicated to this challenge. The Luxembourg LunaLab representatives will review the project proposals. The best team with a valid moon rover for the mission of finding ice on the moon, will have the privilege to receive a DIY kit and to remotely test the rover at the Luxembourg LunaLab.


Pre-event informational webinars

Two pre-event webinars are scheduled for October to discover more about the hackathon contest, space entrepreneurship topics, the logistics and to meet the organisers and potential team members:

  • 1st pre-event webinar: 15th October 2020 from 6h30 PM to 7h15 PM -> REGISTER NOW by filling out the online form (before 15th Oct 4h30PM)
  • 2nd pre-event webinar: 28th October 2020 from 6h30 PM to 7h15 PM


Location & Agenda

Act In Space Luxembourg 2020 will take place in Technoport incubator on 13th-14th November 2020:

9, avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux, L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg


The event starts at 1h30 PM on 13th November. Doors and onsite checkin will open at 1 PM.

The 24hrs hackathon will end at 3 PM on 14th November. The teams' pitches and awards ceremony will follow until 5 PM approx.



1h00 PM Friday 13th Nov: Doors open

  • Onsite checkin

1h30 PM Friday 13th Nov: Event launch

  • Welcoming message
  • Reminder of the competition rules
  • Meet the coaches
  • Teams consolidation

From Friday 13th Nov 3h00 PM to Saturday 14th Nov 3h00 PM : Hackathon

  • Each team works on the chosen challenge, with the support of industry experts
  • Duration: 24 hours

3h30 PM Saturday 14th Nov: Pitches to the jury

  • Teams pitch in front of the jury
  • 7-10 minutes for each team

4h30 PM Saturday 14th Nov: Award Ceremony

  • Result and feedback to each team
  • Award ceremony
  • Closing cocktail


Participate in Act In Space 2020 - REGISTER NOW

The hackathon is open to space-related professionals and university/doctoral students in the following fields: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), Business, Medical, Design, Behavioral sciences.

As participant, you will foster and enforce entrepreneurial & innovation practices through experiential learning.

Moreover, you will have the chance to:

  • Meet recognised experts in space, technology, design and intellectual property
  • Compete for exceptional prizes in an international hackathon context
  • Imagine the first elements of your startup and become tomorrow’s New Space entrepreneur

Participants are asked to form teams, choose one of the space challenges proposed by CNES, ESA and sponsors, and deliver a solution in 24 hours, mentored by professional industry experts.

We can welcome a maximum of 50 people: 10 teams of maximum 5 people each.

Register here by selecting Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette. Participation is free of charge.


Coaches & Jury

Several industry experts and professionals representing the most relevant actors of the Luxembourg space and tech innovation ecosystem and research institutions from the Greater Region will support and evaluate the teams.

Full list of coaches and jury members coming soon.



Exceptional prizes coming soon!


Covid-19 preventive measures

Before the event


If you are experiencing covid-19 symptoms (like fever, cough, sore throat, headaches, difficulty in breathing, etc.) before the AIS event, please inform the organizers in order to arrange a remote work experience. Do not come physically to the event.


If you are unable to come to the event premises because you are in preventive quarantine or because your country or city has prohibited travels between countries or regions, please inform the organizers in order to arrange a remote work experience.


If you have been in contact with covid-19 sick people, please inform the organizers before the event in order to arrange a remote work experience.


During the event

In order to respect covid-19 preventive measures, at your arrival at the event location you will be subjected to temperature screening and personal data collection.

If you start to feel sick or experiencing mild covid-19 symptoms during your physical participation in the event, please immediately isolate yourself and inform the organizers.


After the event

If in the 15 days after the event you feel sick with covid-19 symptoms, or you are diagnosed with covid disease, please immediately inform Act In Space organizers in order to monitor the infections spread.


Look at previous editions' aftermovie

SpaceHack Luxembourg 2019

Technoport and InTech have introduced also another space event in Luxembourg: the SpaceHack. The SpaceHack is a new 24hrs hackathon event that aims at exploring space industry potentials, enhancing entrepreneurial and innovation management practices through experiential learning in space industry-focus areas.

The first edition of SpaceHack took place at Technoport technology incubator on 29th & 30th November 2019. Look at what has been done on the platform


Act In Space Luxembourg 2018

25 & 26 May 2018 at InTech SA.


Act In Space Luxembourg 2016

The first edition in 2016 was a real success. One team created their own startup «Starwear» and received the public price in Toulouse during the «Toulouse Space Show».


About the organisers

Two actors, Technoport S.A. and InTech S.A., with a track record in new technology and business development and innovation events (serious gaming and hackathon type events) aim to consolidate a dedicated network in SpaceTech entrepreneurship and innovation events.

Technoport SA is the national technology business incubator that supports the creation and development of innovative and technological companies in Luxembourg, including startups, spin-offs and foreign companies establishing their R&D centers in the country.

InTech SA, based in Luxembourg, is a subsidiary of POST Luxembourg Group, specialized in IT advisory and in custom application development. Using cutting edge technologies, InTech helps its customers to transform their organisation by identifying disruptive innovation and applying them to concrete business.


Event's Ambassadors

ActInSpace Luxembourg is supported by a great community of universities and student associations from the Greater Region that are actively collaborating to consolidate participating teams.

University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Mines Nancy - ARTEM (France)

Loria (France)

Haute Ecole de Namur-Liège-Luxembourg (Belgium)

Université de Liège (Belgium)

European School of Materials - EUSMAT (Germany)

ESN - Erasmus Student Network Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

ESN - Erasmus Student Network Saarbrücken (Germany)

ESN - Erasmus Student Network Nancy (France)



Francis Sujkowski: 

Olivier Zephir:


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Event's organizers

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Supporting Partners

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About the event

Act In Space Luxembourg 2020 will take place in Technoport incubator:

9, avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux, L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg


For a matter of space in the building, we can receive a maximum of 10 teams of 5 people.

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