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First GALACTICA hackathon with 50.000 euro in prizes

GALACTICA project, which aims to foster the creation of new industrial value chains around textile and aerospace sectors based on advanced manufacturing across EU, announced the registration opening for its first-ever Hackathon, with €50.000 in prizes.  SMEs from these sectors as well as other interested parties such as start-ups and university students can form teams and register.

One of GALACTICA’s activities is the first Hackathon, which is open to start-ups and SMEs as well as to university students based in European Union or United Kingdom. GALACTICA seeks innovative solutions to combine the aerospace and textile sectors with advanced manufacturing in order to re-shape value chains and business models, fomenting cross-sectoral and cross-border partnerships.

The registration for the GALACTICA Hackathon is now open through the website until January 29th, 2021.

The GALACTICA Hackathon will take place in two rounds, firstly an online virtual challenge on open innovation from February 9th to February 25th, 2021 and a 2nd round for selected finalists on March 18th and 19th, 2021.

All participants from the first round will be invited to three ‘free-to-access’ workshops from experts on technological and business topics. The ten finalist teams will also be invited to an additional workshop and mentoring during the two-day Hackathon.

The GALACTICA hackathon will award 50.000€ in prizes, distributed in 25k€ for wining SME/Start-up team and 10k€ for the runner-up. On the other side, winning team of students will receive 10k€ and the runner-up 5k€.

Take action now and register!

GALACTICA Sectoral analysis released

GALACTICA has just released the three sectoral analysis including the results of the sectoral survey launched during the last quarter. Those reports underline that the textile and the aerospace industry face similar challenges in the present and future. The three studies converge in their message: advanced manufacturing and digitalization are an essential part of the challenges and at the same time of the solution. In particular, the focus should be on new production processes that support the development of advanced materials and Industry 4.0 in general. In addition, there is still a serious skill shortage related to these topics and the implementation in the industry is lagging behind partly existing strategies.

All sectors are highly linked through the need to develop sustainable materials, products and increase the environmental performance of production processes.

Besides, the COVID-19 crisis revealed -especially for the aerospace sector- the necessity to develop new hygienic solutions and concepts, which generates a focus on innovative surfaces and textiles.

The three report main findings and conclusions revealed that the GALACTICA project, with all foreseen activities, can provide effective support to potentially overcome the barriers and to create new cooperation and new value chains between companies and organizations of the involved sectors.

Download Terms of participation to the hackathon

1st hackathon terms of participation

Download reports

Reports on preparation including mapping, need analysis and guidelines for coaching:
Document summary
Annex I – Mapping and need analysis – Textile
Annex II – Mapping and need analysis – Aerospace
Annex III – Mapping and need analysis – Advanced manufacturing
Annex IV – Coaching Guidelines

About Galactica Project

GALACTICA project aims to support the creation of new industrial value chains around textile and aerospace based on advanced manufacturing.

The project will foster the creation of unidentified or unexplored market opportunities for existent and new companies in the development of latent and emergent value chains. It will overcome information and market failures by gathering together companies from diverse industrial sectors, R&D organizations, clusters and by bringing to life a set of tools, instruments and triggering initiatives that will create a basis for the establishment of new value chains across textile and aerospace industries.

GALACTICA has a total budget of 3 M€ to support SMEs to innovate with diverse mechanisms including two open calls for proposals, hackathons and travel grants.
The first call for proposals will be launched in March 2021 and the second one on January 2022.

The GALACTICA consortium integrates eight European clusters and two innovation agents: AEI Tèxtils in Catalonia as project coordinator, ATEVAL in Valencia and CTA in Andalusia (Spain), NTT in Italy, CORALLIA in Greece, Suderelbe in Germany,  PRODUCTECH in Portugal, EMC2 in France, EBAN in Belgium and Science Park Graz in Austria.