SpaceUp Federation program

Dowload our previsionnal program here : SpaceUP FEDERATION_JUNE23_PROGRAM


SpaceUp is an unconference, also known as an user-generated conference or a BarCamp. There are no spectators at SpaceUp, only participants.

All attendees are expected to give a demo, present a talk, or participate in a panel or roundtable. It’s not as scary as it might sound, though. Sessions at SpaceUp are conversations, just like every conversation you’ve had (or wanted to have) at any other conference. The only difference is that the sessions can be planned on the spot, which means we’re sure to be talking about topics we find interesting.

Registration and badges

On-site registration works a lot like any other conference; you’ll receive a badge (keep it on you at all times!), a schedule, and maybe some goodies at the front desk. Other attendees are here to meet you, and you’re here to meet them.

The Session Grid

SpaceUp has many sessions going on at the same time. The only way to keep up with them all is the session grid, a giant board with all the available sessions listed on it.

The session grid starts out empty at the beginning of SpaceUp; only breaks and a few special sessions are scheduled beforehand. Sessions are proposed by writing a synopsis on a post-it and sticking it in one of the slots on the grid. The grid fills up quickly over the course of the morning, but it grows and changes as the day goes on and more ideas surface. It is fine to change your mind and replace or edit your suggestion throughout the event.

A session can take a few different formats: a presentation with Q&A, a demo, a panel of experts, or a roundtable. Some of the most interesting sessions are proposed as open-ended questions. (“How people can develop open space hardware?” “What’s the cheapest way to do science in space?”). Project demonstrations make great sessions, too, especially when they’re hands-on.

There should be at least one session about SpaceUp itself, to talk about what we can do better, both on the spot and for the next SpaceUp. You’re more than welcome to start other sessions about SpaceUp, especially if you think there’s something wrong.


T-5 Talks and other presentation formats

If you’re itching to give a presentation with slides, we have just the format for you: it’s called Ignite. Each speaker gets 5 minutes to talk, with 20 slides that rotate automatically every 15 seconds.

At SpaceUp, we call our Ignite-format talks T minus 5.

If you need even more time you can use a ‘normal’ free-format 20 minutes slot. Please bear in mind that all slots end 5 minutes prior to the following slot, to allow people to move from one room to another. Presentations start at their designated hour. Room moderators will take care that all talks start and end sharply on time.


Previsional schedule

9:00 – 9:30 Registration and morning coffee
9:30 – 9:45 Unconference Organization (SpaceUp France)
9:45 – 10:00 Federation inception (Michel Faup – CNES)
10:00 – 10:30 Towards 60 million French Contributors (Damien Hartmann – Open Space Makers)
10:45 – 12:00 Grid sessions – SEE GRID 
12:00- 12:30 A world of the commons (Benjamin Jean – Inno3)
12:30 -13:30 Lunch + fill the grid
13:30 -14:00 T – 5
14:00 -14:30  Designing Our Sci-Fi Space Future (Ariel Ekblaw – MIT Media Lab)
14:30 – 15:00 Dreaming Space (Julien Cantegreil – ASTERIDEA)
15:00 – 16:00 Grid sessions – SEE GRID
16:00 – 16:30 Free and accessible Space for all (Pierros Papadeas – Libre Space Foundation)
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 17:30 One of us will fly into space with a homebuilt and crowdfunded rocket (Mads Stenfatt – Copenhagen Suborbitals)
17:30 – 18:30 FEDERATION round table