Countdown to the next Spacehack (16-17 June 2022)!

30 hours to develop an innovative idea
Access a diverse pool of expert mentors
Motivating prizes for the winning teams

SPACEHACK 2022 thanks for support to

This is a competition for diverse teams of innovators excited by space, space technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship. Exceptional collaborative atmosphere with access to leading mentors and space companies with short workshops that help participants generate, evolve and pitch ideas to win the vote of the judges.

$10,000 cash in prize money!

It is free to participate but your team can win cash from this pool. Plus:


Throughout the hackathon you will be addressed by inspiring industry and academic experts from our sponsoring organisations.


Experience rapid workshops focusing on ideation, validation, business models and building your skills to pitch your idea with impact.

Mentor Time

We have a truly inspiring and experienced mentor pool you can tap into as you conceptualise and evolve your 'space'-breaking idea.


Opportunity to access sponsors or participate in CBRIN programs (such as Idea 2 Impact), to take your idea to the next level.  

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SPACEHACK Judging Criteria

Teams need to score high in seven criteria plus add something extra to the mix. Judges are looking for innovative and impactful solutions that are validated, viable, have clear sight of funding, excellent pitch and leverage collaboration.

Secret sauce

2022 SPACEHACK Challenge

Climate Change

“How can an existing or emerging space technology be used in a novel way to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change?” 


SpaceHack is competition for teams of up to 5. Register in 2 steps:
1. Team captain registers using TEAM REGISTRATION
2. Have your teammates register using the INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION button where they will be able to select your team from the dropdown.

2022 SPACEHACK Mentors

SpaceHack Mentors came from different fields within the space industry, venture capital, research and governance and they offer a unique mix or expecriences, expertise and connections that they make generously available to the participant teams.  

Jeremy Hallett

Director of the Space Industry Association of Australia, angel investor and mentor at the Moonshot Space Accelerator.

Courtney Bright

Space Systems at CSIRO, working on CSIRO's Space Technology Future Science Platform with a focus on veriication/validation and operations, as well as working on the CSIROSat-1. 

Igor Dimitrijevic

Chief Executive Officer, Infinity Avionics. Igor has hardware experience in hypersonic vehicles, UAVs and aircrafts incdluding design and implementing spacecraft missions.

Arvind Ramana

Director of Space Technology, Australian Space Agency,  with experience in building and launching satellites, and space administration experience in the public service. 

Duncan Blake

Special Counsel, Space Law and Strategy at the International Aerospace Law and Policy Group. Extensive experience in Law and Economics with international awards from the American Society of International Law.


Damith Abeywardana

Co-Founder at Infinity Avionics, with a background in electronics engineering and designing systems for nanosatellites. 

Brenton Smith

Chief Technology Officer, Nominal Systems, innovative spacecraft-centred digital twin simulations.Breadth of experience in pitching, raising capital, building a dreamteam, structuring deals, developing a sophisticated product.

Clair Stark

Lecturer in Oceanography and Atmospheric Science, UNSW Canberra. Clair specialises in using satelite imagery to collect atmospheric and ocean observations from space.

Alex Pollard

Software Group Leader, EOS Space Systems. Alex leads a team of highly skilled software developers to maintain and develop innovative Space Domain Awareness and related technologies.

Megan Evans

Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow, UNSW Canberra where Megan is a lecturer in Public Sector Management. Megan also holds an ARC DECRA in examining growth of the private sector invemest in biodiversity.

Craig Benson

Chief Innovation Officer, Skykraft. Craig blends business and engineering to develop compelling products and services for space.

Jonathan Green

VC portfolio manager at Twynam Investments, deploying capital globally for a better earth. Previous tech startup experience (Korea, Japan and Hong Kong).  

Mick Luibinskas

ClimateTech Investor who has helped build 100’s of tech companies as a co-founder and with Pollenizer, Startmate, muru-D and Austrade. He co-founded Climate Salad to help build climate-focused startups and help the world get to and beyond net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Katie Moon

Senior Lecturer, UNSW Canberra.  Environmental social scientist researching human behaviour and decision-making. Katie focuses on methods to provide novel insights into the human dimension of climage change and related environmental problems.

Trevor Lafleur

Principal engineer at ThrustMe, a French deep-tech company that provides propulsion systems for satellites. Trevor has a PhD in physics from The Australian National University, and more than 14 years of experience in the fields of plasma physics and space propulsion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is behind SpaceHack?

SpaceHack 2022 is an initiative by the Canberra Innovation Network and UNSW Canberra

Do I have to register as a team?

Yes, you apply to register as  a team. To participate in SpaceHack you must be in a registered team of between 3 and 6 people. We will allow a six person team as an absolute maximum.

How much time do I have to commit?

SpaceHack will run over two-days with mandatory sessions throughout. Thursday 16th June and Friday 17th June. The times will be between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.

I am already working on a an idea. Can I use that?

Teams are more than welcome to compete in the hackathon with an existing idea that they are already working on, but will need to be willing to learn and grow their proposed solution.
The workshops and mentor sessions are designed to push teams to test and refine their solution to develop a compelling final pitch for the judges. During a hackathon, ideas may pivot or shift based on customer and mentor feedback which is all a part of the process!

Who owns the ideas?

All submissions to the hackathon remain the intellectual property of the individuals or organisations who developed them. The organisers claim no ownership of nor repsonsibility for the IP generated during the hackathons. It is up to the teams to deal with IP issues.

Is this an in person event?

Yes. All of the sessions will be run in-person at a location TBD.


“CBRIN's Space Hackathon 2021 was a fantastic opportunity that I would encourage anyone in STEM or interested in space to try out. Even if you don't walk away with a prize, talking and learning from mentors who are experts or leaders in their respective fields alongside the creative, problem-solving thinking the challenge asks of you are invaluable experiences. It is clear the organising team behind the hackathon have put a lot of effort into it, which is shown in how enjoyable the experience is.”

Jeffrey Liang
ANU student, participant

"The Hackathon really opened people’s eyes to the opportunities in space. Was very well run and gave people the opportunity to make networks in the space industry."

Imogen Rea
Department of Industry, Scicence, Energy and Resources / Australian Space Agency, 2021 SpaceHack Judge

“Participating in the CBR innovation network space hack was fun and made  a real impact on my life. I learned more about space in two days than I had ever imagined. I gained valuable design thinking and pitching skills that I will use in my everyday life and I joined a network of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers that I will stay connected with and will assist me in my future endeavours. Thanks, CBRIN, you are a vital link in the CBR innovation space.“

Dale Rogers
Service Designer, SpaceHack2021 participant

I enjoyed how the teams were encouraged to come up with interesting and unique solutions. As a mentor, it was amazing to see how much growth was achieved by the teams over the two days.

Yasmin Zaman
UAV Pilot, UNSW Graduate - engineering & neuroscience

2021 Spacehack Report

SpaceHack in the Media

"Space geeks will have 30 hours to develop and pitch their innovative ideas to a pool of industry experts during Canberra’s first SpaceHack competition."

“Hackathons are innovation playgrounds; they are set up to encourage you to ideate, explore, experiment, fail, learn and change. And then, repeat.” 

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

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