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

ActInSpace in The Netherlands
- Leiden -

After two successful editions in 2016 & 2018, The Netherlands is ready to host the third edition of this unique space hackathon.

The Netherlands is home to the European Space Agency’s largest R&D facility, ESTEC, and has a long history in high tech development and astronomy research.

Also, the Netherlands was the first country in Europe to set up an ESA Business Incubation Centre (in Noordwijk), where startup companies are supported in creating a successful business from space-based technologies and satellite data.

And now you can do so yourself. Discover the potential of space based technology to improve life on earth. 

AIS2022 will be held in beautiful Leiden, the city with a vibrant life sciences cluster. Close to Noordwijk, you can see why this is a region where innovations keep being born. We hope to see you at PLNT soon!  

Getting ready with pre-event

Prior to the hackathon, a pre-event was held on 8 November at PLNT in Leiden to provide anyone interested in joining about the hackathon and help them to prepare. It was a great opportunity to meet your potential team members, get to know the location and meet the organisation team.

Congratulations to the winners

The Dutch heat was a great success and had 10 teams participating in a range of challenges. Here we share the winners and a full report will be available via the SBIC website in due course (link coming soon).


🌟 1st prize 🏆
Team: Ecosmic
Project: Intelligent Satellites
Challenge: Sopra Steria 1 “Satellite alert! Incoming debris”

✨ 2nd prize
Team: Gemini Analytics
Project: Twin Cities
Challenge: Airbus no.5 “Fighting for climate change”

⭐ 3rd prize
Team: Safe Space
Project: Wildlife Matters
Challenge: Peace Parks Foundation “Save endangered wildlife and habitats in southern Africa”


Barbara ten Berge, drs., BA, HE Space Operations
Erik van der Heide, SBIC
Bastiaan de Roo, PLNT Leiden
Raoul Voeten, NL Space Campus


Eduardo Soares de Araújo, Pierre BLANCHET, Sebastiaan (P.B.) den Boer, Max Ghiglione, Maarten Haneveer, Ewa Kadziolka, Martijn Leinweber, Lidia E. Lewczuk & Dieter Vleugels


Astro Hackers, DARees, Ecosmic, Gemini Analytics, Intergalactic Llamas, Re-Cyclops, Space Revolvers, Space Impact, Safe Space, Terra Ba
🚀 Huge thanks to all involved! 🚀


Ecosmic team with trophy, winners of the Dutch heat of ActInSpace 2022

Ecosmic winning team (L–R): Frank de Veld, Salvatore Vicinanza, Sacha Berna, Benedetta Cattani and Gaia Roncalli

Program ActInSpace NL 2020
Posted on May 17, 2018
ActInSpace NL 2018 sold out!
Posted on May 15, 2018
Meet the jury
Posted on May 15, 2018

Event's organizers

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ActInSpace's prizes in Netherlands

1st prize

A ticket to the international Act In Space final in Cannes // A spot in SBIC Noordwijk's Ignition Programme to validate your business idea // 3 months of office space at SBIC Noordwijk // Invitation to join the Sandbox - student startup zone at PLNT // 3 business coaching sessions - how to continue to develop your business // 3 pitch coaching sessions - create a professional pitch deck

Our sponsors

Dutch Sponsors

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About the event


18 November 19 November
12:15 – 13:15 Doors Open & Registration 08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
13:15 – 13:45 Programme Introduction 09:00 – 09:15 Energizer
13:45 – 14:45 Final Team Formation & Meetup 09:15 – 09:45 Check point #3: Progress & What Help Needed
14:45 – 15:00 Meet the Mentors 09:45 – 10:15 Pitch Workshop / Team Work & Mentoring
15:00 – 16:00

Workshop Rapid Ideation / Team Work & Mentoring

10:15 – 11:45 Team Work & Mentoring
16:00 – 16:30 Check point #1: Idea & Team 11:45 – 12:15 Final Check point
16:30 – 17:15

Workshop Problem Definition / Team Work & Mentoring

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
17:15 – 18:00 Workshop Stakeholder Mapping / Team Work & Mentoring 13:15 – 13:45 Pitch Practice & Feedback
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner 13:45 – 15:00 Team Work & Mentoring
19:00 – 20:00 Team Work & Mentoring 15:00 Projects Handed In
20:00 – 20:30 Check point #2: Progress & What Help Needed 15:00 – 16:00 Pitch to Jury
20:30 Teams Continue Working 16:00 - 17:00 Break
    17:00 - 18:00 Awards Ceremony
    18:00 - 19:00 Cocktails


ActInSpace is organised in the Netherlands by SBIC Noordwijk and PLNT.

Our experts for the event

Eduardo ARAUJO
Eduardo is the planning officer of the ESA Lunar Exploration Programme. He has 20 years of experience in project management, R&D, marketing and business development, mostly in the aerospace and defense fields.

Pierre, co-founder of Meteory, is an aeronautic engineer and data scientist. He uses his skills in data science to do something positive for the planet, which has become possible thanks to the use of satellite data.

Dieter is innovation manager at Airbus DS NL, turning ideas into products by assisting with the definition of the company's innovation strategy. His second role is lead engineer, where he focuses on early-development projects.

Martijn is COO of Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk, where startups are supported in their entrepreneurial journey to become a sustainable business. His experience is in incubation management, programs and events for the space industry.

Sebastiaan DE BOER
Sebastiaan is a senior IT consultant in the space, transportation & logistics, and infrastructure sectors with 12 years of experience in software development. He was an ActInSpace 2018 participant and winner of the FabSpace 2.0 prize.

Ewa is a business developer for Space & Scientific at TNO with a background in telecommunications engineering. She had experience with multiple engineering positions before founding a tech startup in ESA BIC focused on downstream GNSS technologies.

Lidia is a graphic designer and illustrator at Crayon Salad. She is passionate about brand design and corporate visual communication. Lidia has been collaborating with the space industry for almost 10 years.

Maaike, the community manager of NL Space Campus, is solution oriented and a creative thinker, with a passion for positive changes in society and climate. She brings people together to create opportunities and solutions for the Dutch space sector.

Maarten is the project and technical manager of an Airbus-led consortium supporting ESA in developing Galileo Second Generation satellites. Based at ESTEC, he works towards deployment of G2Gs state-of-the art technologies and navigation services.

Max is an on-board processing expert in Telecom and Navigation Processing for Airbus. Based in Munich, he works on hi-rel equipment development (G2Gs) and is also a project manager on DLR and ESA R&D to bring AI/ML algorithms to future missions.

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