Challenging the status quo and continuously optimizing our solutions, whilst also being flexible and embracing the natural course of change, we are aiding the way for better transfer of technological and space-related knowledge and skills among the Azerbaijani youth. Innovative competitions and start-up projects are some of the tools that we use to contribute and make a positive impact on our continuously growing space community.
Organized together with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, CanSat Azerbaijan is a yearly model satellite competition held among university students. It is designed mainly to promote the space industry among the country’s young generation and foster the development of human capital in this sphere. The participating teams compete in small satellite model design, assembly and function implementation.
An initiative realised to aid the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Azerbaijan, the NewSpace Business Accelerator Program aims to identify start-ups with ideas and products related to the space industry, provide them with the necessary support and resources to develop into sustainable businesses and access the market.
NASA Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in various places around the world, uniting space communities from more than 150 countries. Based on the open data provided by NASA, teams work on creating innovative solutions that would address a wide range of real-world social, economic, environmental and other issues. Held in Azerbaijan for the first time in 2019, the hackathon brought together around 50 teams from various educational institutions, governmental organizations, and private companies.
ActInSpace is an international innovation contest aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship and start-up creation in the space industry, as well as promoting the use of space tech and data. ActInSpace Azerbaijan is held among students, researchers, developers and anyone with an expressed interest towards the field and readiness to take on the challenges prepared by the organizers.