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).
Te Mārama will be going to Toulouse to compete in the international ActInSpace finals.
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.
Team “underage” collect second prize from the Hon Megan Woods.
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.