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What is SpaceUp?

Have you ever been to a conference or a seminar and felt that you are itching to continue that interesting hallway talk around the topic you started during the break? Well we’ve got the place to do just that and that is why SpaceUp is often called an unconference. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere of open exchange for space enthusiasts from all walks of life.

It is a participant driven meeting and that means it’s YOUR event. Want to talk about space education? You go right ahead. Or do you feel like having a mission workshop, again a great idea. Maybe you have something in mind that has been troubling you and you are looking for new perspectives on in - how about starting a panel discussion?

SpaceUp Finland is part of the long chain of events that started 2009 in California. The first European SpaceUp was held in Brussels 2012 and from there on it has really taken over Europe by a storm. It seems like our event is the most northern SpaceUp ever! If you are interested to learn more about SpaceUp in general or maybe have been thinking about organizing one in your own area, check out for some good general info and advice.

Every SpaceUp is it's own kind and has some variations of the general idea. In SpaceUp Finland we will also have several keynote speakers who are high level professionals bringing in the latest in their specified field of expertise in the space industry.


Participant talks

Although the idea of an unconference is that it is steered by the participants, to help facilitate a successful event we are using the SpaceUp format.


Session grid, 15 minute talks

Session grid is a simple giant board with all the available time slots listed. Sessions are proposed by writing a synopsis on a sticky note and attaching it in one of the open time slots on the grid. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the hallway conversations can turn into full-fledged topics. You might see businesses started, problems solved, projects kicked off, plans hatched, and amazing friendships born!

A session can take on a variety of formats: presentation with Q&A, a demo, a panel discussion, a round table discussion, etc. Some of the most interesting sessions are proposed as open-ended questions. Project demonstrations make great sessions, too, especially when they’re hands-on.

Participant sessions will be divided into 2-3 simultaneously on going groups. Our two auditoriums are equipped with usual audio visual technology if that is something you prefer to use in your presentation. But that is not mandatory at all so feel free just to take the stage and share your space thoughts. Do bring props, posters, diagrams, or demonstration equipment if you feel that helps.

There’s no excuse to be bored! It’s your responsibility to get up and find (or create) a place where you can contribute or learn. If no one is asking the question you want answered, write it up as a round table discussion. If no one seems to share your interest in highly technical talk, start a session and see who attends. If all else fails, listen in on conversations and add your two cents!


T-5 talks

If you feel more comfortable with giving a presentation mainly with slides and less talk, the format is T-5. Each speaker gets 5 minutes for their presentation with 20 slides that rotate automatically every 15 seconds.

These are usually the only presentations that are scheduled beforehand, because they take a bit more preparation and planning than most other sessions. They’re definitely worth the effort. Please let us know in advance by email if this is something you'd like to do. Or in the registration form simply fill in T-5 + title as your presentation topic.


60 seconds to land

If you can’t be there in person but still want to take part in our SpaceUp, send a one-minute video of yourself that we can play to the assembled crowd, just like a mini T-5 talk.


Too busy, too complicated?

If you don’t have time to prepare anything before you come to our SpaceUp, don’t worry. Just be there in time for the opening session and you’ll have plenty to do and contribute. Or if this all sounds too complicated, just make it to the venue and bring bucket loads of enthusiasm!


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