Spaceup Peru – Event Report


On April 14, 2018, SpaceUp unconference took place in Lima, Peru, at “Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología”.

SpaceUp Peru was organized with the help of several institutions: The Mars Society Peru Chapter, Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC), Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), and the Peruvian Space Agency (CONIDA).

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UTEC was responsible for the most of the logistics, mainly for the setup of the auditorium and the room for the participants’ talks. CONIDA’s support was in providing souvenirs for the participants as well as an inviting a guest from their CNOIS facilities who gave a talk about the satellite PeruSat-1.

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The Mars Society Peru Chapter was in charge of the program and media management prior to the event. The institution also worked on the search for the funds needed for the materials. Space Generation Advisory Council supported the event promoting it through social media and the Peruvian mailing list of the organization.

The event was attended by almost 100 participants.

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Registration to SpaceUp Nigeria is now open

SpaceUp Naija is here!

Coming up April 28th, 2018 at University of Lagos, SpaceUp Nigeria is a one-day space unconference about the space sector. At SpaceUp Nigeria you will meet fellow space enthusiasts and hear speeches from expert panelists. As in any SpaceUp event, you are also encouraged to give a presentation! We welcome all of our participants to express their views and opinions.

The program of SpaceUp Nigeria includes two main events: the Unconference itself, which is going to be held during the daytime, and the Astronomy Barbeque in the evening. There also will be a Night Sky Watching and a live DJ-set.

Participants will be provided with food and SWAG bags!

Registration is open, please, follow the link: SpaceUp Nigeria Registration Form

SpaceUp in Skoltech: A day to remember!

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This year’s SpaceUp Skoltech, which took place on 21th of April, was a great success! The event was attended by more than 100 participants of all age.

The main topic of the SpaceUp unconference in Skoltech was “Limitations of current Space Development”. The discussion focused on different aspects of the issue such as manned missions, technology, business and policies, including the challenges in the path of advancement.

Among invited guests were international astronauts. French astronaut Jean-Jacques Favier talked about his mission STS-78. First Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier gave the presentation on his space experiences of 4 shuttle missions, he also talked about servicing the Hubble Space Telescope in space. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Revin gave a speech about the limitations in academics that were hurdles in the path of space exploration.

At the end of the event participants watched the historical space drama “Salyut 7” based on the real events (the Soyuz T-13 mission in 1985).

Team SpaceUp Skoltech thanks everyone who was involved! See you next time!


Photo source: @SpaceUpSkoltech

SpaceUp is coming to Russia – again!


After the success of the first SpaceUp event in Russia last year, Skoltech (The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, which is situated in Skolkovo, suburb of Moscow, Russia) has geared up for the second edition.

This year SpaceUp Skoltech will bring in a new dimension that echoes the Skoltech spirit. The team invites and encourages you to share your disruptive ideas which can be transformed into viable space projects or profitable startups! Bring your robots, spacecrafts and any prototype you wish to demonstrate. There will be lunch, snacks and games too!

Registration is opened, join us in Skolkovo for another SpaceUp unconference in Russia on April 21, 2018.

Hesitate no more: go to the SpaceUp Skoltech, 2018  website to register now! New participants, famous guests, and hot Space topics are waiting for you. See you there!

SpaceUp is Evolving

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!

Impressions of SpaceUpNL

by first-time SpaceUp participant Lars Hoving

The second Dutch edition of SpaceUp Netherlands (3 October 2015) kicked off with a pre-event the day before, at Delft University of Technology in Delft. Starting with drinks and a nice pizza dinner the participants of the unconference were welcomed. Followed by a unique and very interesting documentary in the evening about the MARS2013 Analog Expedition in Morocco, by the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF). The evening resulted in energetic discussions and inspiration for topics to be discussed during the unconference the next day. For a lucky few it was even possible to join a behind-the-scenes tour at the facilities of ESTEC in that afternoon. Another nice addition was that the SpaceUp was followed up by the open day of ESA-ESTEC on the Sunday.

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