FAQ

A Space unconference?

Gathering in Breaks
CREDIT: Simon Bierwald

As the name indicates, an unconference is not a typical conference, but what does that really mean? At SpaceUp, our goal is to provide the opportunity for space enthusiasts, students and professionals from all walks of life to meet, with the common goal of creating an atmosphere of open exchange between participants. It does not matter if you are a hardcore scientist or if you just find space awesome. Our aim is to give everyone a platform to share and discuss ideas and views. So don’t be shy, we’re all in it together! SpaceUp is your unconference, where you determine what happens.

 

When and where is this happening?

SpaceUp NL 2018 will take place on July 15th in Delft. To be more precise: in the Fellowship Building at the TU Delft campus, next to the Aerospace faculty.

 

Is this a new concept?

Absolutely not! SpaceUp has been successfully drawing in crowds since 2010 and has grown into the world leading space unconference platform, with over 15 events in six continents every year, and growing. Check out www.spaceup.org to get a feel for how widespread SpaceUp has become. SpaceUp will land in the Netherlands for the third time this summer, and we sincerely hope that there will be many more!

 

Can I do a talk myself?

Everyone who attends SpaceUp NL is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the usual ‘hallway conversations’ turn into full-fledged topics on stage. You will be amazed at what comes out of SpaceUp. We have seen new business startups started, real space problems solved, projects kicked off, plans hatched, and amazing friendships born!

 

Who is coming?

SpaceUp wants to be a platform for anyone who is interested to learn or has an opinion about space. It is open to all ISU SSP18 participants, staff and visitors, but also to anyone from outside ISU. So invite your friends from the region, the country, from Europe or from anywhere around the world to join. We want to hear from you!

 

Okay, I’m in. What’s on the agenda?

We will start the day with an empty grid. We will have rooms, we will have timeslots, we will have you as participants. We will introduce the concept, warm you up with one or two short talks to get you inspired, and then leave it up to you to claim a slot and make the conference happen. You can be prepared or unprepared, it doesn’t matter. There is a timeslot and a room for you, and if you present something interesting, you will have an audience to share it with. And as it is your unconference, anything goes, as long as it is somehow related to space.

 

What if I’m hungry or thirsty?

Fear not, catering is included in the ticket price.

 

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