$pace is Business Competition

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Terms and Conditions


1. Rules of the Competition

Each entrant will submit a technical paper describing their idea. The responses should meet the following requirements:

  1. The paper topic should address one of the two following areas: ‘Public/Private Human Access to Space’ and ‘New Space and New Science’.
    Questions that might be addressed under these topics include, but are not limited to:

    What are historic and/or current examples of public/private human orbital space activities?
    Which roles do governments and industry take within public-private partnerships concerning human access to space?
    How do industry and governments complement each other in regard to human access to space?
    What are opportunities and/or barriers for the development of a commercial market for human access to orbit under the current national and international space policies and acquisition strategies?
    What are current and/or historic examples of scientific space programs undertaken by private organizations?
    What are opportunities and/or barriers for private organizations endeavoring to conduct scientific space exploration?
    What are opportunities, changes, or difficulties that await the non-profit world of science with the emergence of private organizations in scientific space activities?

    Other topics can include, but are not limited to, analyses of commercial spaceflight markets/market segments using existing market and industry models. Feedback on the acceptance of different topics can be obtained by submitting an abstract as laid out in rule 10.

  2. The language of all submissions must be English.
  3. The papers should conform to all the rules for submission to the IAC (including font, font size, page margin, picture, etc …), and not exceed ten pages in length. A template can be downloaded from the competition website.
  4. The paper must include original content and research.
  5. The final submissions are due as unlocked PDF documents (under 5 MB) and should be emailed to Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра..
  6. All submissions must be made by June 30th, 2014 by 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the due date will not be considered.
  7. All submission emails should identify one (1) point of contact (PoC) with full contact information (name, affiliation (if applicable), address, email, and phone number) This point of contact should be the main author of the paper.
  8. There can be up to a maximum of three (3) people per entry, including the PoC. All team members must be under thirty-five (35) years of age by September 29th, 2014. Only one of the co-authors of the paper will receive the funding for the award, regardless of how many people collaborated on the paper. Shall the other authors want to participate in the SGC and/or IAC, they will be required to submit their application in the same way as any SGAC delegate with no acceptance to either of the events guaranteed.
  9. By submitting an entry, contestants agree to permit SGAC and the partner organisation to mention their names, affiliations and headshot picture in connection with the competition.
  10. The participants are encouraged to optionally submit an abstract at an early point of their process. Based upon the direction of the paper explained in the abstract, the participant will be notified about the acceptance or rejection of the paper to the competition. If no abstract has been handed in, the acceptance will be decided upon based on the final paper.
  11. SGC and the IAF-EIC shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend the SGC and/or IAC, in that case the award offer shall become void.
  12. SGC and the IAF-EIC shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner cannot obtain any necessary travel documents; if they are required but not obtained, the award offer shall become void.


2. Schedule

Entries accepted:
Submission Deadline:
Winners announced:
Space Generation Congress:
International Astronautical Congress:

30th June 2014 (23:59 GMT)
1st August 2014 (tentatively)
25th – 27th September 2014, Toronto, Canada
29th September – 3rd October 2014, Toronto, Canada


3. Conditions of Award

Responsibilities during the congress (SGC): as with all SGC scholarships, SGAC requires that the winners help support the running of SGC. Examples of tasks could include being the Rapporteur of a Working Group (which also entails driving the completion of the 5-8 page group report by six weeks after the SGC), and/or helping the communication team with daily press releases during the SGC. Responsibilities also include attendance of the entire SGC and a presentation delivered at IAC.

Post-congress responsibilities: SGAC may require that the winner write a ~350 word report describing his or her experience at SGC following SGC to include in a webnews, newsletter, or sponsorship materials.

Awarding: The award will be paid out after the congress, and upon fulfilment of all requirements in a suitable manner. It will be paid out not later than 60 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities.


4. Eligibility

The competition is open to anyone from any country of age up to 35 at the time of the IAC 2014 (born after September 29th, 1979)

The competition is open to individuals or teams from academia, industry, government as well as students and private groups.

The following individuals, even if part of a group of co-authors, may not apply:

  • Members of the Executive Office of SGAC (Executive Director, Chairs, Treasurer and interns),
  • Officers of the IAF/Partner Organizations,
  • Members of the selection committee,
  • Officers or members of the EIC.


10. Copyright

Copyright of the submitted proposals shall remain with the contestants. However, by submitting an entry all contestants agree that SGAC and other participating organisations, such as the IAF are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights regarding all submitted papers. Contestants also agree to permit SGAC and other participating organisations, such as the IAF to mention their names, affiliations and headshot picture in connection with the competition. SGAC and/or the IAF may also present ideas and findings generated by this competition at relevant conferences.

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