#T-TeC 2022: it’s time for lift off!

21 September 2022

Following the announcement of the fourth #T-TeC event in July, the Leonardo and Telespazio Open Innovation contest for researchers, STEM and university students from all over the world is about to go live.

Today, #T-TeC 2022 was presented by CEO of Telespazio, Luigi Pasquali, and Chief Technology Innovation Officer of Telespazio, Marco Brancati, during an event organised at the Telespazio pavilion at IAC 2022, the International Astronautical Congress currently taking place in Paris. 

Luca del Monte, Head of Commercialisation Department at European Space Agency (ESA), Roberto Formaro, Director of Programmes at Italian Space Agency (ASI), Franco Ongaro, Chief Technology Innovation Officer of Leonardo, Alfonso Pagani, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and AIDAA's delegate for the IAF, Davide Petrillo, Executive Director of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and Franco Bernelli Zazzera, President of Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS), also attended the launch.

As well as a cash prize for the first three teams, the fourth #T-TeC is about to take on an even bigger challenge: to become an authentic enabler for the incubation and acceleration of innovative start-ups.  The project judged to be at the most ready and complete stage of development will be fast-tracked through Leonardo’s Business Innovation Factory. An important opportunity to transform the winning team’s ideas into reality!

Furthermore, participants will also be able to access a pre-incubation programme at I3P, the Turin Polytechnic’s Innovative Enterprise Incubator, or have the possibility to develop the proof of concept for their project, which will be funded by Leonardo.

The teams competing in the 2022 #T-TeC will be exploring six macro-themes related to sustainability on Earth and in Space: “Space and Extraterrestrial Exploration”; “In Orbit Servicing towards a Circular Economy in Space”; “GeoInformation Applications and Platforms for a sustainable Earth”; “Space Domain Awareness for the Protection of Space and Ground Infrastructures”; “Secure and Resilient Communications with future technologies”; “Positioning, Navigation and Timing Infrastructures and Solutions for Earth and other celestial bodies”.

The final submission deadline for project proposals is the 27th of November 2022.

In the weeks that follow, the panel of judges will get to work on selecting the winners, who will receive their awards in Brussels on 24th-25th January 2023, during the 15th European Space Conference.

#T-TeC 2022 relies on the support of its eminent sponsors: from the long-standing backing of the ESA and ASI, to the more recent support of the Italian Aeronautic and Astronautic Association (AIDAA), the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the UN Programme on Space Applications (SGAC), and the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS).

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