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SpaceUp is an open-attendance space exploration unconference, where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. SpaceUps have been held on both West and East coasts, and in Houston. Common features of SpaceUps are an unconference/barcamp style schedule, Ignite talks, and a moonpie eating contest.[1]

Topics from SpaceUp conferences include: discussion of newspace industry, how to get more people excited about space, and the future direction of NASA, ESA, CSA, JAXA.[2]


The first SpaceUp was held at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on February 27–28, 2010. It was sponsored and organized by the San Diego Space Society.[3] The 2-day event was covered by Spacevidcast and attended by representatives from NASA, Google Lunar X Prize, Masten Space Systems, and Quicklaunch.[4] This event was organized by Chris Radcliff.

The second SpaceUp event was held August 27–28, 2010 in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University. This event was organized by Evadot founder Michael Doornbos.[5]

After several more successful events in the US, the SpaceUp concept crossed the Atlantic in September 2012, with the first SpaceUp unconference in Europe. It was organized by six dedicated space ambassadors at Europlanetarium Genk on 22 and 23 September 2012. SpaceUp Europe triggered several space enthusiasts to organize more European space unconferences, making the concept truly global. SpaceUp Stuttgart in Germany was held 27 October, followed by SpaceUp Poland in Warsaw on 24 and 25 November. SpaceUp London and Paris were held 2013. In December 2012 the concept rolled further East with the first event in Asia, SpaceUp India.


Date Event Location
February 27–28, 2010 SpaceUp San Diego San Diego Air & Space Museum
August 27–28, 2010 SpaceUp DC George Washington University
February 12–13, 2011 SpaceUp Houston Lunar and Planetary Institute
February 12–13, 2011 SpaceUp San Diego The Loft at UC San Diego
August 6–7, 2011 SpaceUp LA Columbia Memorial Space Center
August 18–19, 2012 SpaceUp LA University of Southern California
September 22–23, 2012 SpaceUp EU Europlanetarium Genk
Oct 27, 2012 SpaceUp Stuttgart Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 24–25, 2012 SpaceUp Poland Warsaw, Poland
Dec 1, 2012 SpaceUp India Bangalore, India
May 25–26, 2013 SpaceUp Paris Paris, France, France
July 2013 SpaceUp Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
October 4–5, 2013 SpaceUp Denver Denver, Colorado, United States of America
October 10, 2013 SpaceUp Barcelona Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
November 9–10, 2013 SpaceUp LA Western Museum of Flight
December 6-7, 2013 SpaceUp India MANIT, Bhopal, India
September 20–21, 2014 SpaceUp Toulouse Cité de l'espace, Toulouse, France, France
October 18, 2014 SpaceUp Sweden[6] Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden


  1. ^ SGAC Supports the First SpaceUP Un-Conference in Washington, DC – 09 August, 2010, Space Generation Advisory Council
  2. ^ Space Frontier Foundation Sponsors SpaceUp DC, August 18, 2010, SpaceUp Frontier Foundation
  3. ^ "SpaceUp".
  4. ^ Cavanaugh, Maureen; Crook, Hank (25 February 2010). "Local Enthusiasts Discuss Future Of Space Exploration". KPBS. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  5. ^ SEDS Encourages Students to Attend SpaceUp DC, August 25, 2010, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
  6. ^ SpaceUp Sweden – September 2014, Space Generation Advisory Council and Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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