Inventorthon attracts record number of participants

17th October 2013

This weekend's Inventorthon, hosted by the Satellite Applications Catapult, is set to attract record numbers, with more than 100 participants registered, including entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists and developers.

The high energy hackathon-style event on 19-20 October is the third such activity hosted by the Harwell-based Catapult, and will provide unique access to the latest space data, intellectual property, challenges and technology with which to create the solutions and businesses of tomorrow.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Most Innovative Solution; Most Entrepreneurial Solution; and Best Young Entrepreneur. Qualifying teams may also be offered the opportunity to take their solutions further by the Catapult, European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC), or Technology Strategy Board.

The judging panel consists of George Yates – Space Trade Magazine; Tim Sherwood – Chairman, Satellite Applications Catapult; Stuart Martin – CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult; and Ian Tracey from STFC.

The event will also feature presentations and keynote speeches from Phil Briscoe, Marketing Director of Rezatec; Stuart Miller, CEO of Bybox; and Placi Espejo, Partnership Manager of Bicester Vision.

Catapult CEO, Stuart Martin, said: "The response to the Inventorthon has been fantastic, and clearly reflects the appetite for innovation and entrepreneurship that exists in the UK. With 13 challenges available, and a broad range of skills at their disposal, we are confident that participants will have the tools and creativity to develop new approaches to business, and combine their strengths to engineer new commercial opportunities.

"As a Catapult, we're focused on supporting UK industry, and becoming a world-class centre for the development and commercial exploitation of space and satellite-based products, services and applications. We therefore look forward to seeing the solutions proposed from Inventorthon participants, and supporting the best ideas to transition them into viable business ventures."

The Space Future Business Weekend Inventorthon is also being supported by Future Business; the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC); ESA BIC; Reading University's Space Internship Network; UK Space Agency, the Technology Strategy Board.