Charting the next frontier of space exploration!

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

2021 SPACEHACK Supporters

Calling all innovators excited by space, space technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship. Build a diverse team to tackle challenges in this two-day SpaceHack on June 17-18 at the Canberra Innovation Network. Enjoy an exceptional collaborative atmosphere with access to leading mentors and space companies with short workshops and learn how to generate, evolve and pitch your ideas to win the vote of the judges!

This hackathon is a competition of teams and it is made possible by the Embassy of the United States of America  in Canberra who is sponsoring the event to help enable transcontinental collaboration in space industries. Apply now, applications close 10th June 2021.

$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 trully inspiring and experienced mentor pool you can tap into as you conpcetualise and evolve your 'space'-breaking idea.


Opportunity to access sponsors or participate in CBRIN programs (such as Idea2Impact), to take your idea to the next level.  

How can you win in the 2021 SPACEHACK?

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

Secret sauce

2021 SPACEHACK Challenge Streams

Upstream challenge

How can an existing or emerging technology or process be applied in space to create new value?

Downstream challenge

How can a space technology or discovery be applied in a novel way to create value and impact on earth?.

2021 SPACEHACK Mentors

SpaceHack Mentors come from different fields within the space industry, research and governance and a bring a unique mix or expecriences, expertise and connections that will be available to the participant teams. More mentors are currently registering from accross the support organisations. If this is you, please provide us with your details so that we can update this page. 

Jeremy Hallett

CEO & Managing Diretcor, Clearbox Systems (Satellite Communications and Space Domain Awareness).  Director of the Space Industry Association of Australia, angel investor and mentor at the Moonshot Space Accelerator.

Trevor Lafleur

Principal engineer at ThrustMe, a French deep-tech company that provides propulsion systems for satellites, where he performs R&D, product development and space mission analysis. PhD in plasma physics (ANU). 

Kate Ferguson

Business development manager (Advanced Communications and Space Situational Awareness), ANU Institute for Space. PhD in quantum physics. Bridging the world of research and government / industry.

Andrew Sutton

ANU, Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics Formerly, Laser specialist at NASA JPL (Pasadena, CA), Sensor Architect at Apple Inc (CA). Co-founder of Canberra-based test & measurement startup, Liquid Instruments

Christopher Capon

CEO, Space Services Australia, Research Fellow, UNSW Canberra Space. Advanced simulation architecture, rocket simulations for Google Lunar X prize teams, HPC plasma simulation. Winner: the Australian Space Industry Awards 2021 "Rising Star of the Year"


Courtney Bright

Flight operations lead at UNSW Canberra - planning, testing, and executing the operations of UNSW Canberra Space missions. Experience: BRMM, M1, M2 Pathfinder, and M2 missions. PhD in spacecraft propulsion.

Brenton Smith

Founder, Space Services Australia, innovative spacecraft-centred digital twin simulations.Breadth of experience in pitching, raising capital, building a dreamteam, structuring deals, developing a sophisticated product.

Samantha Clark

Management consultant, PwC, 20 years experience across federal government: policy, decision-making, transfor-mation planning, change management, stakeholder engagement, communications, risk and assurance.

Zachary Sequoia

Innovation Leader, 12th Level. Solves complex problems within the Space and Defence Industry. Previously working with global companies including, LinkedIn, Nike, Logitech, Cisco, Cadbury, leading universities and various state and federal government departments. Startup mentor and advisor. 

Jasminder Hayer

Aerospace & Satellites Solutions Architect, AWS. Helps customers in the Asia-Pacific & Japan region build solutions for the space industry. This involves anything from building satellites to using satellite data to solve challenges like wild fire monitoring, climate change and tracking what’s flying overhead. 

Yasmin Zaman

UNSW graduate with a dual degree in Aerospace Engineering and Science (majoring in Neuroscience). Currently, UAV Pilot & UAV Educator for Surf Life Saving NSW’s Australian UAV Service. Formerly, US Consulate General Sydney Youth Advisory Council Member, Student Ambassador at UNSW Engineering. Incredibly passionate about diversity in STEM & human spaceflight and aspires to live on Mars.

Richard Everson

Growth Facilitator with the Commonwealth Government's Entrepreneurs' Programme since 2015. A career that spans operational and executive roles, and start-ups. Focussed on strategy, customers and markets, operations, and control systems.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is behind SpaceHack?

SpaceHack is delivered by the Canberra Innovation Network in partnership with and thanks to a generous sponsorship of the United States of America Embassy in Canberra. The core SpaceHack team is supported by many organisations ambitious about the space industry.

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 5 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 17th June and Friday 18th 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 the Canberra Innovation Network located at Level 5, 1 Moore Street, Canberra. Make sure you comply with building entrance requirements. We bear no responsibility for situations when you are not allowed in the building - you will have to connect with your team virtually from another location.


Please email us if you are registering as part of previously registered team, we will send you a unique link.

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.

Level 5, 1 Moore St
Canberra,  2601, ACT

Open from 8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
on both competition days
(17-18 June 2021)




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