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Wednesday, February 3 • 15:15 - 15:35
Student Competitions to Spur Space Sector Growth

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At SEDS‐Canada, we inspire and empower student space enthusiasts to join the space industry. There is a lot of potential for growth in inter‐university competitions in Canada and we are embarking on a plan to create and fund several competitions in the near future.

In our first year, we have launched the Young Space Entrepreneurs (Y‐SpacE) competition which allows students to propose novel ideas and develop business plans that can benefit the space sector. Teams are tasked to submit executive summaries by January 15th. The top 5 teams will be invited to present their proposals to a panel of judges in a final round which will take place at Ascension 2016, our annual conference. This year, it will be hosted by our UWO chapter, Space Society of London, from March 4th to 6th. The Y‐SpacE competition will empower students with real‐world skills, inspire them to pursue careers in space, and allow them to connect with other students from STEM fields, business, economics and law.

We are also working to release two more competitions:

i) SkyPixels ‐ Our astrophotography competition, which will allow participants to hone their skills in optical astronomy, photography and image processing, while also giving them an opportunity to present their work to a panel of judges experienced in the area.

ii) Chapter Grant Program ‐ To fully accomplish a particular project at a chapter level, students need to spend some time raising funds. To support the activities and goals of its chapters, SEDS‐Canada will work to secure funds that will be allocated to a select chapter through a competitive grant program.

In the future, we plan to create competitions in rocketry and robotics as currently, Canadian university teams travel to Utah to compete in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition organized by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association, and the University Rover Challenge organized by the Mars Society.

We believe that these challenges for Canadian student groups will not only foster healthy competition amongst our chapters, but will create opportunities for our generation to spur future growth in the space sector.

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Lawrence Reeves

President, CSDCMS
I'm the President of the not-for-profit society which offers and manages the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. I'm also the Owner/President of Geocentrix Technologies Ltd., and offer technical consulting to the space industry on various mission-related topics. My background is... Read More →

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Kaizad Raimalwala

Chair, SEDS-Canada
I am passionate about creating opportunities for students in the space community and enabling them to develop technical and professional skills. At SEDS-Canada, we have been working hard to develop programs that engage students and foster healthy competition and cooperation. In... Read More →

Wednesday February 3, 2016 15:15 - 15:35 EST
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