The European Space Week closed its doors last Thursday after seven inspiring days of conferences, roundtables, hackathons and many other activities. If you could not attend or you missed one of the parallel sessions, this article is for you!
“Estonia is definitely not known as the hub of the Space industry in Europe,“ Andreas Veispak, the Head of the Space Data unit at the European Commission’s DG GROW stated in his closing remarks of the European Space Week. “But it became the heart of the space world this week.”
From 3 to 9 November Estonia’s capital Tallinn held the largest space event of the year – the European Space Week 2017 (EUSW2017). All different actors of Space came together – the European Commission and European Space Agency, the European GNSS Agency, the EU and ESA Member States, the entrepreneurs, start-ups and digital communities, the businesses and academia, government officials and citizen space enthusiasts. Altogether more than 1,500 people shared their ideas, achievements and future plans in the rapidly changing space sector. Copernicus and Galileo were at the core of conversations in real-life, and trending on social media online, where more than two million messages reached tens of millions of people in Europe and around the world.
The Space Week kicked off with the Garage48 SpaceTech hackathon 2017, a choice that shows that the digital future is a priority for the EU. Estonia, for the first time holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is a true digital pioneer. It is a country that dares to experiment with innovation on many levels. The Estonian government identified the free movement of data as one of the core aspirations ensuring the future of Europe’s economic success. And thus, the hackathon. It was a 48-hour non-stop coding and dev-fest. Fourteen prototypes of new products and services were developed based on remote sensing and satellite navigation.
The week continued with different parallel events, round tables and meetings. Over 140 participants gathered at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications premises for the Copernicus Training and Information Session to learn about available Copernicus data and information, its potential uses and applications and how to access to the Copernicus data and services.
More about EUSW2017 on this page.