SpaceUp is a worldwide leading space unconference concept. As a concept it is a living creature that evolves with every event. This was made clear in the closing talk of SpaceUpX at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique. The local organizers added a few new features that may – or may may not – evolve into new SpaceUp traditions, just as T-5 talks, ’60 seconds to land’ videos and Moon pie eating contests are. Below presentation highlights this evolution as something to cherish, something that makes SpaceUp Unconferences ever richer and more attractive to participants and sponsors.
About the name SpaceUpX: The Ecole Polytechnique is a technical university just outside of Paris, France. It was founded in 1794 and turned into a military institute by Emperor Napoleon in 1804. This ‘Grand Ecole’ is locally known as l’X (the X), due to its military logo of two crossed cannons. It produced three Nobel prize winners, as well as three French Presidents and numerous Ministers. Former head of ESA and special speaker at SpaceUpX, Jean-Jacques Dordain, is an alumni and taught here for many years. I am sure we will hear more of the SpaceUpX local organizing team in the future!