Melbourne’s Festival for Space
Melbourne’s Festival for Space
2018 is the year for Australia in space. We have a new space agency, investors are pumping money into our home-grown space entrepreneurs, and today, we're looking to help you get a taste of Australia's rediscovered love for the cosmos.
On October 20 - 21, we will be running a two-day mini festival for space at the new Victorian Innovation Hub to celebrate Australia's renewed interest in the space industry.
The weekend will feature 3 main events:
NASA Space Apps Challenge and Moonshot’s T Minus Bootcamp
Melbourne Space Industry Mixer - a chance for industry representatives to network over drinks and canapés
Public events such as live interviews with space community leaders from around the globe, and a chance to test Opaque Space’s astronaut simulation virtual reality experiences
Moonshot and NASA are on a mission to foster innovation around challenges affecting us at home and in space. Space Apps is an annual hackathon that pulls citizens together regardless of their background or skill level. Don't let the name fool you... it's not just about apps!
For almost 48 hours, problem solvers from all over the world will participate in one of the largest hackathons in the universe. Students, experts, engineers, makers, artists, storytellers - Space Apps is for everyone!
In Melbourne, Moonshot is encouraging people to also participate in the T Minus Bootcamp, where we want to help you test your solution in the real world. We provide additional challenges for hackathon participants and will be hosting workshops and discussions with experts on topics from where commercial space opportunities are to how to use the art of storytelling to sell your proposal. Who knows, maybe your idea will become a real space business!
Tackle a challenge using robotics, data visualization, hardware, design and many other specialties. Inspire each other while you learn and create using stories, code, design and, most of all, YOUR ideas. Show us your problem-solving skills and share your talents with the world.
We welcome ALL passionate problem solvers to join our community of innovators. Participants from across the globe have already created thousands of open-source solutions together through code, data visualizations, hardware and design.
Join us on October 20-21st 2018 to be a part of creating the next generation of space technology!
Use the hashtags #OzSpace #moonshot and #SpaceApps on social media!
The NASA Space Apps 2018 challenges can be found here.
At Moonshot, we have a broad view on what space tech really is. We believe that space is not just about rockets and satellites, and that it is a symbol of humankind’s ongoing journey to search for and create a more utopic future.
We split space technology into three areas. See the descriptions below to understand these further, and to see our example challenges. Keep in mind, you’re free to propose your own challenge for the competition!
This category is for technology, products and services that enables us to design, build and deploy space infrastructure. Solutions in this category are generally things most people wouldn’t consider to be space technology, and aren’t particularly high-tech either, but nonetheless they are critical the supporting space infrastructure.
Space infrastructure is what most people think of when they think about space technology: rockets and satellites. But this category goes so much further, especially today when even the average person has the ability to access space and for less than the cost of a fast food franchise they can start their own space program.
Space infrastructure is what enables us to leverage the unique properties of space - whether orbital space around earth or outer space far away from our home planet - for the benefit of humanity. Satellites enable us to monitor and learn about our planet from a unique perspective giving us insights like never before. New upstream technologies and advances mean we’re now on the verge of new classes of spacecraft that can efficiently navigate orbital space and outer space much better than a traditional chemical fueled rocket, and advances in robotic automation mean the next generations of extraterrestrial vehicles will be able to be much more powerful and useful for commercial purposes.
This is where things get more relatable for the average consumer. Today, there is no such thing as the singular space industry. Space infrastructure already underpins every corner of our society and economy today. Whether on earth or in outer space, many industries benefit from space infrastructure. This makes a lot of sense when you compare the resources available to us both within the confines of our Pale Blue Dot and those outside - we are already in space.
This category includes space applications that address problems in areas such as mining, agriculture, defence, logistics, manufacturing, education, health and medicine, and much more.
Throughout the weekend, alongside the hackathon, we are inviting the public into the Victorian Innovation Hub to join our celebration of space in Melbourne. Below are some of the stellar events we’re hosting!
Opaque Space - Earthlight
Have you ever dreamed of being and astronaut and travelling into space? The Melbourne-based virtual reality wizards at Opaque Space have been working with NASA to develop realistic training simulators for astronauts - and now you have the chance to have your own extra terrestrial experience!
* Earthlight will be present on Saturday only *
The Australian space industry is heating up and after months of various workshops on the future of Australia's space capability, industries, and related professions, we're thrilled to host to the second Melbourne Space Industry Mixer.
From aerospace, academia, government, consulting and beyond, we're gathering professionals from the wider space ecosystem to come together to enjoy a night of light drinks and canapés (and fantastic company) at the new Victorian Innovation Hub, including a chance to mingle with Australia's next generation of space industry innovators.
If you are a space-related professional, academic researcher, or government representative, we hope to see you there!
When: 6:30 PM - 10 PM, Saturday 20th October
Where: Victorian Innovation Hub, 710 Collins Street, Docklands, Victoria, 3008
The hackathon/bootcamp is the primary event of the weekend. The challenges will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, with side events, competitions and workshops occurring throughout the weekend. Lab-14 will close at 10:00 pm on Saturday, but the fun will continue at 9:00 am on Sunday morning! Check out the draft schedule below for more detail.
09:00 Doors open
10:00 Pitching Workshop - Grant Downie and Troy McCann
11:00 Fireside Chat with NASA Astronaut Greg H. Johnson
13:00 Lunch for hackathon participants
15:00 Hackathon deadline, begin uploading projects
Tech check for presentations
15:45 Pitch presentations
16:45 Awards/Closing Remarks
17:00 Celebration/After Party, heading to the Pub
Items in italics are publicly accessible events and are optional for hackathon participants.
09:00 Registration and Doors Open
09:30 Opening address and Ice Breaker Games
10:00 Space Tech Round-table Discussions
11:00 The Science of Branding New Industries - Lauren Crystal
12:00 Creative Problem Solving - Tristonne Forbes
13:30 Inspiration and the New Space Hub - John Tucker
Lunch for hackathon participants
14:30 Ethical Space Technology - Dr Evie Kendall
17:00 Dinner for hackathon participants
Doors close for general public
18:30 Melbourne Space Industry Mixer Begins
19:00 The Australis OSCAR 5 Story - Richard Tonkin
21:59 Venue closes
NASA Space Apps, the T Minus Bootcamp and the above attractions - combining to form the Gemini Melbourne mini space festival - will be hosted at the brand new Victorian Innovation Hub, the refurbished Goods Shed North, which brings together leading startups across a range of sectors including medtech, agtech, fintech and cyber security.
Address: 710 Collins Street, Docklands, VIC