17 June 2018

They came, they hacked, they (didn’t) sleep. It’s the official ActInSpace NZ post-event video!

Experience the hackathon for the first time, or relive it all over again. Either way, it’s glorious. #AIS2018

Many thanks to our partners at the New Zealand Space Agency, ChristchurchNZ and the French Embassy.

10 June 2018

The inaugural ActInSpace NZ took place two weeks ago. The next global ActInSpace event will take place in 2020. Stay tuned for more info on how the winning NZ team gets on in the international finals this year, and to find out more about the next event.

2 June 2018

ActInSpace NZ was a tremendous success, with nine teams made up of 42 individuals presenting a new space technology idea after 24 hours of furious coding, planning and pitching.

First place went to Te Mārama, whose startup idea will reduce the amount of repairs that humans do in space by cost effectively using VR to control repair robots remotely. Te Mārama is made of five team members – Mahima Seth (Auckland), Ben Tairea (Wellington), Maddy King (Wellington), Zeus Engineer (Christchurch) and Jonah Belk (Dunedin).

ActInSpace NZ was organised by the Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) in partnership with New Zealand Space Agency and ChristchurchNZ and support from the French Embassy in New Zealand.

The 24 hour long hackathon asked participants to reimagine existing space technology and data into new applications. The New Zealand event was one of 71 similar events that took place simultaneously around the world.  Visit www.actinspace.org to find out more about the international competition.

The winning team will travel to France on 27 June to pitch their startup idea to an international panel of judges at the ActInSpace International Final at the Toulouse Space Show.

Five students (15-16 year olds) from Dunstan High School in Alexandra (where CSST is based) participated in the hackathon and came in a very close second. Team “underage” pitched an augmented reality app that would allow artists a place to connect to commercial opportunities while reducing graffiti in the real world.

Judges, mentors and organisers were all really impressed by the creative and commercial savvy the high school team displayed. The New Zealand Space Agency and CSST have been working closely with Airbus in France to facilitate a very special opportunity to pitch their idea during the Toulouse Space Show. They won’t compete in the final but will be able to pitch their idea in front of an international audience of startup investors and key space industry players and learn from the experience.

The New Zealand Space Agency has agreed to cover the cost of the students trip to Toulouse, and the students were surprised with that news at a special school assembly last Friday morning.

19 May 2018

In one week’s time we’ll be watching all of the amazing pitches from our ActInSpace attendees. In the meantime, we are fully booked, with over 50 people registered and no more waitlist. Follow the event on the CSST twitter feed or facebook page.

22 April 2018

ActInSpace NZ has filled up all its spaces with over a month to go until the big event itself! We’re working hard to open up more spaces, so please sign up to our waitlist if you want to join in.

We’ve announced two of our five judges: Professor Ian Wright and Victoria MacLennan.

29 March 2018

Only 14 spots left for ActInSpace NZ! Register now to avoid missing out: http://www.actinspace.org/register

Once the registrations fill up we will start a waiting list, which you can sign up for right here, on the ActInSpace NZ website. We will contact people on the waiting list on if spaces become available for the main event.

28 March 2018

Registrations are now open and spaces are filling fast. Make sure to sign up at http://www.actinspace.org/register

Once you register our team will be in touch. We’ll invite you to our Slack channel and point you towards all of the important information in the lead up to the event.

If you’ve already registered… aces for being so on to it! You’ve secured your spot for New Zealand’s first space hack (we think, but definitely the first ActInSpace hackathon). We’ll be in touch after Easter with the aforementioned goodness.