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A hackathon will be held next month in Canberra offering up to $10,000 for ideas for startups tackling climate change through space.

SpaceHack, on June 16-17, is a collaboration between the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) and UNSW Canberra. Participants will have 30 hours over the two days to collaborate and compete for cash prizes as they develop ideas to solve the major problems of climate change using space technology, before being presented to a jury.

A team of experienced mentors are on hand for guidance and support, including Dr. Andrew Sutton, a former laser specialist for NASA, Courtney Bright, a space systems engineer at CSIRO, and Arvind Ramana, director of space technology at the Australian Space Agency.

CBRIN CEO Petr Adamek said representatives from leading aerospace companies will also participate, amid short workshops to help participants generate, develop and pitch ideas to win the judges’ vote.

“SpaceHack offers emerging space innovators, including researchers and university students, the opportunity to hone their innovation skills, build their networks, and access incredible mentors and industry resources,” he said.

UNSW Canberra Dean Professor Emma Sparks said SpaceHack could be fundamental to addressing the challenges of climate change.

“I’m curious what the participants come up with. I am proud that UNSW academics as well as industry experts will be on hand to guide and guide participants as they work on ideas to create a better future for Australia and the world,” she said.

Everyone involved in the free hackathon will have the opportunity to work closely with experts from industry, academia and business to create impactful pitches of their space-themed ideas to tackle climate change and have a chance to become a reality. $10,000 in cash to be won.

This hackathon is open to anyone and Adamek said they are interested in anyone interested in roomclimate action, innovation and technology to participate.

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