GALACTICA project, which aims to foster the creation of new industrial value chains around textile and aerospace sectors based on advanced manufacturing across EU, released the sectoral market assessments and need analysis along with the guidelines for coaching for the GALACTICA online activities. In addition, there is still time to register to the first GALACTICA hackathon with 50.000€ in total prizes.

GALACTICA has just released the three sectoral analysis including the results of the sectoral survey launched during the last quarter. Those reports underline that the textile and the aerospace industry face similar challenges in the present and future. The three studies converge in their message: advanced manufacturing and digitalization are an essential part of the challenges and at the same time of the solution. In particular, the focus should be on new production processes that support the development of advanced materials and Industry 4.0 in general. In addition, there is still a serious skill shortage related to these topics and the implementation in the industry is lagging behind partly existing strategies.

All sectors are highly linked through the need to develop sustainable materials, products and increase the environmental performance of production processes.

Besides, the COVID-19 crisis revealed -especially for the aerospace sector- the necessity to develop new hygienic solutions and concepts, which generates a focus on innovative surfaces and textiles.

The three report main findings and conclusions revealed that the GALACTICA project, with all foreseen activities, can provide effective support to potentially overcome the barriers and to create new cooperation and new value chains between companies and organizations of the involved sectors.

First GALACTICA Hackathon
One of GALACTICA’s activities is the first Hackathon, which is open to start-ups and SMEs as well as to university students based in European Union or United Kingdom. GALACTICA seeks innovative solutions to combine the aerospace and textile sectors with advanced manufacturing in order to re-shape value chains and business models, fomenting cross-sectoral and cross-border partnerships.

The registration for the GALACTICA Hackathon is now open through the website  until January 29th, 2021.

The GALACTICA Hackathon will take place in two rounds, firstly an online virtual challenge on open innovation from February 9th to February 25th, 2021 and a 2nd round for selected finalists on March 18th and 19th>, 2021.

All participants from the first round will be invited to three ‘free-to-access’ workshops from experts on technological and business topics. The ten finalist teams will also be invited to an additional workshop and mentoring during the two-day Hackathon.

The GALACTICA hackathon will award 50.000€ in prizes, distributed in 25k€ for wining SME/Start-up team and 10k€ for the runner-up. On the other side, winning team of students will receive 10k€ and the runner-up 5k€.

Take action now and register!

Download reports

Reports on preparation including mapping, need analysis and guidelines for coaching:
Document summary
Annex I – Mapping and need analysis – Textile
Annex II – Mapping and need analysis – Aerospace
Annex III – Mapping and need analysis – Advanced manufacturing
Annex IV – Coaching Guidelines