African Space Generation Workshop

Summary:

Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), a non-governmental, non-profit,  is raising funds to support top African students and young professionals to attend its 2nd African Space Generation Workshop (AF-SGW) to be held on 17-18 December 2018 in Mauritius. SGAC has selected the best students and young professionals from all across Africa for an intense 2-day workshop with lectures, panel discussions, and working group sessions. This is a unique and only gathering in the African space sector where the youth have the opportunity to contribute to the future of African space (previous workshop outcomes have been presented at the United Nations) as well as network with senior academics, industry executives, government representatives, policy makers, researchers, entrepreneurs and business experts from Africa and elsewhere.

 As a non-profit organization run by volunteers, our events are entirely supported by sponsors and donors. We have already raised funds to conduct the workshop from a number of sponsors including Lockheed Martin in USA, Centre for Atmospheric Research (CAR) in Nigeria, Jeff Demain from Hantheon in USA, and NewSpace Systems, South Africa. This campaign is raising funds specifically to support our young delegates, many of whom are unable to fund their stay in Mauritius.

https://spacegeneration.org/afsgw2018 

Why should you donate?

- Support the African youth to participate in an international, interdisciplinary workshop on space. The delegates selected represent the best of Africa and thus you would be supporting the future African space workforce
- Space science and technology can play a leading role in the development of nations. Thus you would be supporting the future of Africa
- The workshop will expose participants to the latest trends in the sector, give them real-world experience of working in a group on actual challenges. Previous SGAC workshops have literally changed lives where delegates have met potential mentors, advisors and even employers 
- Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is a well-known, reliable youth organization reporting to the United Nations that has successfully organized numerous events around the world. Please visit https://spacegeneration.org/




Youth Forum participants at the recently held African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development. Majority of these participants are active SGAC members.

Why Space in Africa?

Space activities are proving to be indispensable for the modern world. Satellites are delivering an unprecedented amount of data about our planet, enabling us to monitor resources and build more efficient systems. Africa has numerous, unique and critical challenges for which space tools can provide effective solutions. Government agencies and private organizations are already using satellite data to benefit sectors such as agriculture, land use, forests, oceans etc. and to use to tackle critical issues such as poverty, inequality, and humanitarian assistance.

The African Union has recognised the benefits of space to society and thus passed the African Space Strategy which states that “Space applications serve as appropriate tools in assisting evidence-based policy-making and are therefore expected to have a significant impact in achieving the sustainable development goals”.

 What will happen at the 2nd AF-SGW?

The ambitious goals to utilise space systems to benefit African countries requires huge investment in human capacity development on the continent. There are few African universities offering courses or training in space technology, science and related fields. In addition, there is a lack of fora in the field for the youth to engage, discuss, and network.

The African Space Generation Workshop (AF-SGW) was partly established to serve such a goal. It is one of several SGAC regional workshops (including in Europe, South America, Asia) focused on matters of regional interest.
- The AF-SGW brings together young space enthusiasts from all around Africa and exposes them to an international space conference
- It provides an opportunity for students and young professionals to network with global experts and with each other.
- The Working Group sessions provide real world experience to delegates where they work together in groups on topics of interest to the region
- Outcomes from the regional workshops are regularly published in reputed journals and presented at space conferences. They are also presented as part of the SGAC update at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).
- These workshops fulfil a critical gap in the region and will lead to a stronger knit space community in Africa.

How will we use our funds?
All of the funds raised will go towards supporting the participation of our delegates.

We have already raised funds from several sponsors which will be used to conduct the workshop. In October 2018, we informed delegates who were selected for the workshop. The majority of our delegates came back to us saying they are unable to fully cover the costs of travel and accommodation in Mauritius. So we are running this campaign to raise funds to reduce the burden on our student and young professional delegates.  

Budget:
With this campaign, we aim to support the accommodation costs for international delegates. We were unable to secure university-based accommodation. So delegates will be staying in a hotel close to the venue. The hotel cost quoted below is quite average for the december tourist season in Mauritius. Infact, it is a discounted rate we have negotiated with a hotel.

$80 per person per night* 3 nights * 30 persons= $7200

The venue is being provided free of charge by Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre under the Ministry of Education in Mauritius. With the currently available funds, we aim to cover lunch, dinner and local transport for all participants. The delegates will get full access to all sessions of the workshop. The registration fee has been set to $20 to enable participation by more delegates.

About Space Generation Advisory Council:
SGAC is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization that represents students and young professionals in the space sector to the United Nations, states, agencies, industry, academia and other space sector organizations. SGAC’s focus is providing pragmatic space policy advice to policy makers based on the interests of its network of university students and young professionals, in the age range of 18-35, interested in space from around the world. This international network is the largest and most diverse of its kind, and constantly growing. Currently, there are more than 13,000 SGAC members in more than 150 countries worldwide. SGAC Africa is one of several regions organizing workshops targeted at regional participants.

SGAC is headquartered in Vienna, Austria and has offices in Washington DC, USA. It is a registered charity in the US.

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African Space Generation Workshop AF-SGW 
Organizer
Washington, DC
Space Generation Advisory Council (Sgac) 
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