This hackathon is a competition with six focus areas, five of each address a unique aspect of space cybersecurity and one representing a wildcard open challenge. Competitors can choose to address any one of these areas or combination of these. We are looking for innovations that can be turned into viable space-tech / cyberspace-tech businesses/companies or can be offered to existing companies.
As more and more satellites are launched into orbit, the need for secure satellite communication becomes increasingly important. This is because satellites are vulnerable to a variety of cyberattacks, such as hacking, spoofing, and jamming. Teams could develop new methods to secure satellite communication, such as using quantum cryptography or developing new encryption algorithms.
Autonomous spacecrafts are becoming increasingly common, as they are able to perform tasks without human intervention. However, autonomous spacecraft are also vulnerable to cyberattacks, as they rely on computers and networks to operate. Teams could develop new methods to secure autonomous spacecraft, such as using artificial intelligence to detect and prevent cyberattacks.
Space situational awareness is the ability to track and identify objects in space. This is important for preventing collisions between spacecraft and for detecting and responding to cyberattacks. Teams could develop new methods to improve space situational awareness, such as using new sensors or developing new algorithms for tracking objects in space.
As humans venture further into space, the need for cybersecurity becomes even more important. This is because space exploration missions are increasingly reliant on computers and networks. Teams could develop new methods to secure space exploration missions, such as developing new ways to protect astronauts from cyberattacks or developing new ways to secure data collected during space exploration missions.
Cyberwarfare is the use of cyberattacks to achieve military objectives. As space becomes increasingly important for military operations, the risk of cyberwarfare in space also increases. Teams could develop new methods to defend against cyberwarfare in space, such as developing new ways to detect and respond to cyberattacks or developing new ways to secure space assets.
This ‘wildcard’ focus area invites teams to think broadly and creatively about the myriad of cybersecurity issues that could impact space technology and industry as a whole. Whether it's securing data centres on space stations, protecting telemetry during rocket launches, building cybersecurity in space artificial intelligence engines, or ensuring the integrity of scientific research in space, this challenge is about creating a novel, robust cybersecurity approaches that can be used in a wide range of thinkable scenarios and applications.
How might we contribute to the safety and success of current and future space endeavours? What novel solutions on the interface of space-tech and cybersecurity can you propose with the potential to be turned into a viable high growth business with global (intergalactic) potential?
Teams were then provided with six focus areas for guidance, five of which addressed a unique aspect of space cybersecurity and the sixth was a wildcard open challenge. Competitors could choose to address any one of these areas or a combination of them.
CEO, Nominal Systems
Director, ANU Institute for Space
Acting Director, UNSW Canberra Space
The 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.
SpaceHack 2023 is an initiative by the Canberra Innovation Network
Yes, you apply to register as a team. To participate in SpaceHack you must be in a registered team of between 3 and 5 people. We will allow a five person team as an absolute maximum.
SpaceHack will run over two-days with mandatory sessions throughout Tuesday 17 Ocober and Wednesday 18 October 2023. The times will be between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.
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!
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.
Yes. All of the sessions will be run in-person at the Canberra Innovation Network, Level 5, 1 Moore Street, Canberra, ACT.
"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."
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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