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#spacehackers

"Spacehackers are the new generation of space entrepreneurs.”

Helen Rankin - Executive Director, Space City
“When I graduated with a law degree I could have never imagined I would become a space entrepreneur... now I'm working to prevent the weaponisation of Outer Space. Thank you Spacehackers!”
Siham, Abu Dhabi

Join 1 million Arab Women Space Entrepreneurs

Spacehackers is an online leadership and mini-MBA training and mentoring programme to give you the tools, mindset, and community needed to turn your idea into a business idea and become one of the future leaders of the global space industry. 

What is a spacehacker?

Spacehacker‘ is a term created by Space City to describe someone who uses creative, low-cost strategies to accelerate the commercialisation of the space industry. The term is now widely associated with the new generation of space entrepreneurs.

Our mission is to inspire 1 million Arab women launch their own space-related business in three essential areas: 

  • law & ethics;
  • social impact; and
  • trade & business.
How will I benefit?

Where you used to experience barriers to starting a career, we aim for you to create opportunities – for yourself and future generations of professional women.

Got questions?

Check out our  ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘.

Curriculum

Diversity & Inclusion for Business

Are you an employer looking to attract new talent to your organisation? Ask about our global Spacehacker Sponsorship programme details and pricing options.

"Space 4.0 is an emerging industry - if we encourage responsible business from the start, we won't have to try and fix it later.”

Helen Rankin - Executive Director, Space City
"I love everything about being a Spacehacker. After graduation I was disappointed there were not enough jobs in the major I had studied - so I created my own job!
Sara, Riyadh

"Like the Internet in the late 90's, Space is an emerging industry on the brink of commercialisation and open to disruption."

Helen Rankin - Executive Director, Space City

FAQs

Registration for spring and summer intakes will open soon.

Yes! This isn’t your typical business start-up programme.

Whether you choose to start a business or not, Spacehackers will give you valuable insight, tools and self-confidence to see opportunities instead of barriers. The live sessions give you the chance to make new friends, learn from the experiences of your fellow Spacehackers, explore new ways of thinking, and become comfortable with risk. Whatever your motivations for registering, we’re sure the programme will prepare you to be a stronger leader for however you decide to make an impact.

Spacehacker‘ is a term created by Space City to describe someone who uses creative, low-cost strategies to accelerate the commercialisation of the space industry. The term is now widely associated with the new generation of space entrepreneurs.

You don’t have to travel to space to build a space-related business. Many of the products, services and jobs that are mainstream today were unfathomable 10 years ago. What jobs will exist 10 years from now?

Like the Internet in the late 90’s, Space is an emerging industry on the brink of commercialisation and open to disruption. 

Presently, worth $350 billion (2020) the global space economy is expected to generate $1 trillion revenue by 2040 (Morgan Stanley, 2020). Affordable technology and increased entrepreneurship globally has decentralised and accelerated commercialisation of the space industry – now is the time for creativity, innovation and responsible business. 

Our mission is to help 1 million Arab women launch their own space-related business in three essential areas: 

  • law & ethics;
  • social impact; and
  • trade & business.

No. Anyone can apply, but we are currently encouraging applications from Arab women in GCC countries.

Female STEM graduates from Gulf countries are considerably higher than their Western counterparts, reaching almost 60%, and in many GCC countries over 50% of STEM jobs are held by women. When combined with government economic innovations to enable and support entrepreneurism, this makes the region well-placed to accelerate the commercialisation of the space industry.

Source: Fifty Million Rising: The New Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World, Saadia Zahidi (2018).

Spacehackers attracts adult women of all ages and different education and career experience, predominently Arab women from GCC countries. While some participants are interested in starting their own business, many register to develop their own leadership style and build a supportive network among fellow Spacehackers.

Spacehackers curriculum:

01 | Welcome and Introduction
Get to know what you’ll be doing over the next six weeks and meet your fellow Spacehackers.

02 | Leadership and Entrepreneurism
Find your individual leadership style, become comfortable with risk, and use the Hogan method to gain strategic self-awareness.

03 | Business Model Innovation
Avoid the technology trap – how to use disruptive thinking to create, capture and deliver value.

04 | Opportunities in Space
Gain an understanding of the opportunities you can create in an emerging industry.

05 | Responsible Business for Growth
Understand the enduring value of responsible business practices during times of crisis.

06 | Pitch Perfect
Bring it all together to create a feasible business plan and deliver the perfect pitch to attract potential investors and/or customers.

Capstone Project (optional)
As a group or individual create and pitch a space-related business solution that tackles a real-world problem.

90 minutes live session + 60-90 minutes self-study each week.

Each weekly session lasts 90 minutes and attendance is required. As this is an investment in your personal leadership journey, there is required self-study outside of the program for participants to work on which can take between 30-60 minutes per week. Obviously you can invest more time if you wish.

Participants who block out time each week to focus on the group and their own development achieve the greatest success.

Yes. To graduate from Spacehackers you need to attend at least 5 out of 6 live sessions and complete the weekly self-study activities.

Refunds are not possible for non-attendance. In special circumstances, we will try to transfer you to the next intake.

No.

The weekly live sessions are interactive and based on your own individual self-study activity, therefore recording sessions is not possible. You need to attend 5 out of 6 live sessions to graduate from Spacehackers.

Yes, and it is optional.

All participants who attend at least 5 of 6 live sessions and complete the self-study activities are entitled to complete the Spacehacker Capstone Project. You do not need to complete the capstone to graduate, it is entirely optional.

You can start to develop your capstone at any point during your programme and you have 6 months to submit. All capstones will receive 1-2-1 feedback from the programme director and, in some cases, special guest speakers.

Capstone requirement: As a group or individual create and pitch (in leass than 5 minutes) a space-related business solution that tackles a real-world problem. Submission can be made as a document/slideshow, video or audit.

Join 1 million Arab women Spacehacker Leader Alumnae and inspire generations.

Where you used to experience barriers to starting a career, we aim for you to create opportunities – for yourself and future generations of professional women.

In addition to the skills, tools and experiences gained over 6 weeks of live, interactive sessions and community support from your fellow group members, you will receive the coveted ‘Spacehacker’ social badge, diploma of attendance, and an invitation to become a Spacehacker Women in Space Business Mentor.

$250 per person.

Ocassionally the fee is reduced to $150 per person – keep an eye on the site for special offers.

Given the global nature of the industry, the programme is presently delivered in English.

In 2021, we will work with the Spacehacker Alumnae to create Arabic versions of the programme.

Yes!

If you are an employer looking to attract new talent to your organisation, Spacehackers can help. We offer corporate packages from 10 people to 100,000 people. Given the global nature of the industry, the programme is presently delivered in English. In 2021, we will work with the Spacehacker Alumnae to create Arabic versions of the programme.

Due to COVID-19 we are presently not offering onsite training during 2020.

Each online package includes:

  • programme director to deliver online training;
  • delivery of training using Microsoft Teams (web browser with Internet access is required);
  • full marketing campaign assets including social media tiles, print ads, digital banners;
  • internal presentations; and
  • all creative materials are designed with space for you to include your own corporate logo.

No.

Our goal is to create an environment where sharing ideas is okay and participants feel comfortable with risk – this requires a fostering of trust within the group. Therefore we do not work directly to seed fundraising and participants are not permitted to request financial support from fellow group members for the duration of the programme.