Space Future Business Weekend ‘Inventorthon’ launched

23rd September 2013

The Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent innovation and technology company, is delighted to announce the Space Future Business Weekend ‘Inventorthon’, which will take place on 19-20 October in Harwell.

The event will provide the opportunity for entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, makers, hackers and mentors to collaborate and generate new ideas, processes, prototypes and businesses.

Working with partners from Future Business, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and the European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC), the high energy hackathon-style event will provide unique access to the latest space data, intellectual property, challenges and technology to create the solutions and businesses of tomorrow.

Satellite Applications Catapult CEO, Stuart Martin, said: “Space and satellite applications offer some of the most exciting opportunities for developing new ideas and businesses. At Inventorthon, participants will have up to 36 hours to work in small teams to develop new ideas or work on a specific challenge.

“Inventorthon won’t just be about coding and designing; it will be an opportunity to develop new ways of doing things, technically and commercially. We hope people will come along and build technical solutions to a challenge, create new approaches to business and combine their strengths to create new commercial opportunities.”

At the end of the weekend, prizes will be awarded to the winning teams and in addition, the Catapult, ESA BIC or the Technology Strategy Board opportunities will be available to qualifying teams to take their solution further.

“The Catapult is 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 are therefore incredibly keen to support the best ideas from the Inventorthon to transition them into real business ventures,” adds Stuart. “This will mean providing advice and support from the space cluster at Harwell, as well as a number of mentors and service providers.”