Global Space Economic Workshop [Oct/2017]
Aim higher... together.
ESA’s first Global Space Economic Workshop was held in Paris in October 2017.
It brought together leaders of major space and non-space European stakeholders from institutions and commercial sectors, to interactively discuss space-led innovation opportunities and challenges offered by the on-going transformations driven by the digital economy and the current and future trends in the global market.
The workshop represented a melting pot of creativity, culture, economics, science and technology.
Participants presented their ideas, listened, reconsidered their territories, their challenges, co-designed concepts, grew their network, and imagined new futures.
Joining forces will promote new cross-cultural partnerships, create new multidisciplinary synergies, promote a move away from individual challenges of very specialised ecosystems to mega-challenges that can potentially be resolved through a multitude of approaches – leading to disruptive innovation by a new community of innovators.
Participants discussed from diverse angles the unfolding forthcoming industrial revolution of manufacturing and services and above all how global industry and space can join forces to tackle global challenges arising from the fast evolution of processes, the move towards digitalised production methods, and the development of completely new business models.
Splinter sessions with experts including high-level representatives of major space and non-space industries, academia, ESA and other European Institutions, discussed new cross-cultural partnerships to promote disruptive innovation addressing global challenges.