Record Numbers Attend Space Future Business Weekend #Inventorthon

21st October 2013

The Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent innovation and technology company, was delighted to welcome nearly 80 delegates to their #Inventorthon event which took place over the weekend of 19 and 20 October 2013.

The event attracted entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, makers, hackers and mentors of all ages to work together to generate new ideas, processes, prototypes and businesses. Eleven challenges were worked on in all, including ‘Safe Driving Game', ‘Drone Scavenger Hunt' and ‘The Movement and Positional Accuracy of Tracking Fishing Vessels', with each team developing some exciting and innovative solutions.

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said, "It was incredible to see the amount of innovation and new ideas that were generated throughout the event, giving the judges a hard task to identify the winning teams."

The judges, which comprised representatives from the Catapult, the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and the publisher of the Space Trade Magazine, awarded the prizes as follows: Best Entrepreneurial Solution to Team Jelly Spot; Most Innovative Solution to Team Game of Crops; and Best Pitch to Team Alibi.

Stuart continued, "I am always amazed at the imagination and technical expertise that is shown at these events, and I am positive that a number of the solutions created will be taken further and hopefully developed into viable commercial services."

"I would also like to thank Future Business for their support in the project management of the event and providing mentors to help the teams focus on the potential commercialisation of their solutions, as well as the sponsors: STFC, European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre, Space Internship Network, UK Space Agency, and Technology Strategy Board."

The Future Business Weekend is part of the Catapult's strategy to help the development of new ideas and solutions to grow the UK's space sector. The date of the next Hackathon / innovation event will be announced shortly.

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For media enquiries, please contact karen.rogers@sa.catapult.org.uk.