Leicester invites space enthusiasts to join the ‘new space’ revolution

Tickets now available for Leicester’s first SpaceUp ‘unconference’ taking place 17-18 November.

The ‘new space’ revolution is taking place in Leicester – and space enthusiasts are invited to take part in this innovative movement.

Supported by our University's Space Industries Accelerator (SIA), the city’s first SpaceUp ‘unconference’ is taking place 17-18 November at Dock, Leicester.

The event is organised by R&R Space Ltd, a local company formed by graduates from the University.

R&R Space Ltd is the organising body of SpaceUp Leicester. Formed by two space enthusiasts and aspiring entrepreneurs, Ryan Laird and Ryan Bradley-Evans, R&R Space is an events organiser focused on space entrepreneurship, which seeks to break down the formal barriers of entering the space industry, inspiring non-space groups into utilising space applications to help foster innovation.

SpaceUp is a space ‘unconference’, where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Everyone who attends SpaceUp is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the usual ‘hallway conversations’ turn into full-fledged topics.

Ryan Bradley-Evans said: “We are very keen to use the event to connect creatives, digital enthusiasts, tech savvies, makers, aspiring entrepreneurs and more to prove you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get involved with space. It is the hope that new space ideas, groups and even start-ups will emerge from this event. We thank the University of Leicester for its support. During our time studying at the University, we learned many of the useful skills and gained practical knowledge which we have applied when setting up our business.”

Rajinder Bhuhi, Leicester Innovation Hub Business Manager, said: “The University of Leicester has a number of programmes underway that are supporting businesses to grow through the application of space technologies. Developing and supporting new start-ups aligns with our plans to grow businesses in the space sector through new innovations into the marketplace. We are pleased to be working in association with our graduate entrepreneurs that are championing a range of engaging activities to inspire more new entrepreneurs into the space sector."