Finalists 2021

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Innovation Challenge finalists

OneWeb's Innovation Challenge 2021 welcomed Innovators from around the world to challenge mindsets, rethink satellite connectivity, and build new business partnership opportunities.

We are delighted so many responded so immediately: more than 300 entrants from 19 countries in just six weeks. This is a tremendous achievement, and a testament to the talent, focus, and commitment all around us to shape the future of telecommunications in space.

The panel of judges assessed every entry, engaged with more than 30, and selected 14 whose ideas they considered to have the greatest potential for OneWeb's satellite constellation model. These ideas focused on key areas such as improved safety, AI, propulsion, launch optimisation, as well as new business opportunities.

See our VIDEO announcement and PRESS RELEASE of the Innovation Challenge 2021 final results.

A huge thank you and congratulations to everybody who took part. Innovation is constantly evolving and we want to remain in touch, and meet with you again and again on this road towards the sustainable use of space.

Industrial Partner finalists (in alphabetical order)

ADS-B Network
Realtime information infrastructures
Space debris safety and tracking
Digital business accelerator
Component manufacturers
Fujitsu Services Ltd
IT services, mission planning, optimization
IRT Saint Exupery
Tech research, thermal management and structure
Mechanical engineering, thermal, composites
Morpheus Space
Spacecraft propulsion systems
Free-form optics and photonic integrated circuits
oled comm
Light Fidelity wireless connectivity
Quantum Dice
Quantum technology, security
Enterprise IOT solutions
Global data and predictive analytics
Integrated avionics architecture

Awards, processes & timelines


Industrial partners - Invitations to co-engineer, then submit RFIs for potential contracts to supply components for OneWeb’s constellation.

Student / Research partners - Invitations to attend a OneWeb / Arianespace launch, with up to five paid internships to work on OneWeb's satellite programme.


OneWeb welcomes your responses and ideas for OneWeb’s 2021 Open Innovation Challenge. All information and materials submitted to OneWeb as part of this Innovation Challenge (“Proposal(s)”), including any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques, designs, data, drawings, comments, technology, questions, or the like, will be considered NON-CONFIDENTIAL and NON-PROPRIETARY. For this reason, we ask that you not send us any information or materials that you do not wish to be made public, including, without limitation, any confidential information. (Rules continued...)


Participants must first register to enter. There are a number of mandatory questions on the entry form that you will be required to answer, to qualify for the challenge and progress. The jury will review written proposals and select their finalists based on those they consider to be the most outstanding in terms of innovation, feasibility, and scalability.
A shortlisted group of finalists will be briefed further and invited to record a five-minute video about their company or research, describing how their proposal can create innovation in satellite communications technology. They will also be invited to take part in a live Q&A with the panel of judges.

The Judges

The Challenge panel consists of members of the OneWeb team jointly chaired by Head of Space Massimiliano Ladovaz, and Senior Director of Technology Valery Gineste.


Submissions closing date: 28 May 2021

Once you have registered, you will be sent an entry form to complete. There are a number of mandatory questions you will be required to answer to qualify for the challenge and be entered for the category awards.

Industrial Finalists announced early June

OneWeb's jury will review entries and announce an Innovation Challenge shortlist. A cohort of participants will be invited to compete for one of the Innovation Challenge awards.

Industrial Finalists submissions before 15 June 2021

Shortlisted finalists will have two weeks in which to prepare a maximum five-minute video about their company or organisation, as well as capture how their proposal is unique. A panel of experts and mentors from OneWeb will review video submissions prior to live Q&A sessions on 15 June when finalists and jury will come face to face.

Submissions will be assessed on innovation, feasibility, and scalability, with respect to evolving satellite design, production, dispersal, orbit, and flight. The shortlisted finalists will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves more closely with OneWeb satellites. The jury will also give consideration to great founding teams who can demonstrate their deep domain expertise and abilities to scale their business globally.

Official awards announcements: Early July

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