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Becoming the Next Space Pioneer


Becoming the Next Space Pioneer (Online)

Programme Date: Aug 9-13, 2021 (Online Programme; 10am to 4pm)

Target: S1-3 students

Fees: HK$1500*

Registration: Please apply HERE by July 30, 2021 (HKT)

Areas of Interest: Science and Business

Programme Description

Becoming Space Ready and Seeing the Building Blocks of Future Innovation

Co-organised with the Orion Astropreneur Space Academy (OASA), a talent development academy for future leaders of the global Space Economy, this blended course has been designed to help young secondary students understand the new Space economy that they will eventually be working in.  To get a head start into this universe of possibilities require a new mindset of entrepreneurship and innovation, which are the building blocks of continual innovation of the NewSpace Economy.  

The NewSpace Economy has arrived in 2020, due to a strange but timely combination of business, technology, climate change, COVID-19 and political factors — with rockets that can return in one piece back to earth and its ability to launch CubeSats or small satellites that are cheaper and provides valuable and short-term earth data.  Together, they provide data collected from space that are powering more and more smart cities around the world.  Data is the new oil, and data downlinked from space is now powering our Smart Cities.  With that, the NewSpace Economy is the next global market.  Are we space ready and how can we start seeing such connections? 

Space technologies alone such as GPS, geospatial Intelligence and remote sensing do not solve problems, innovative solutions created by talented entrepreneurs do.  Talents solve real problems with the right mindset, proper perspectives that can sense a new market, a yearning to innovate, the right tools, and mindful of the right ecosystem.  Talents who are space ready are true entrepreneurs and real problem solvers.  Can you become a space pioneer? 

Through lectures, team exercises, and brainstorming during the one-week study period, students will come to develop and refine possible use cases that are becoming real businesses in the present NewSpace economy.  

Programme Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will: 

  • Gain knowledge on the NewSpace economy and how data is used to solve a variety of problems on earth;
  • Expose to space technologies, space ventures, CubeSats, and get a glimpse into how space companies are funded by government, venture capitalists, and angels;
  • Learn new innovation tools and the use of big data to help spark critical thinking and strengthen their problem-solving skills for interconnected and complex problems such as climate change;
  • Attempt to piece together the make-up of a new sustainable business using Business Canvas; 
  • Understand how space challenges are interconnected, global, relevant, and real; and 
  • Become better prepared and potentially space-ready as a Space Pioneer

Key Learning Areas



Innovative Learning Experience

The NewSpace Economy

Systems Thinking

Identify and imagine use cases that can be created as a business

Application of space technologies, business venturing, and venture funding

Business modelling and real-world problem solving

Plan and set up experiments by first listing assumptions and articulating the problems to solve

Examples of business model and use cases using big data

Pattern recognition using Space data


Collect useful data point to help map the direction of inquiry

Innovation tools and the Business Canvas

Brainstorming, experimentation, and Inductive Thinking

Search and listen to complementary and contradictory information to arrive at new insights

Key Instructor: Prof. Gregg Li, Chairman and Founder of OASA

Dr G, a serial entrepreneur, holds joint adjunct appointments at multiple universities and has designed and developed new business problem-solving methodologies.  He has taught innovation, entrepreneurship, risk management, and corporate governance for over 35 years from Tsinghua to Hawaii.   He has trained and coached well over a thousand professional business problem-solvers and still advises leading and global consulting firms in his retirement. Dr Li shall be teaching Space Entrepreneurship in HKU’s Masters in Space Science that begins this Fall. 

• You understand that you must be available for the entire duration of the programme, from the start to the end of the programme. 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave with a legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence. Students are responsible for contacting the programme coordinator and/or teacher concerned about this ahead of time. No exceptions will be made unless prior approval has been given. You are expected to be punctual for all classes and tutorials. Unexcused cases of lateness may count as an absence. Students who fail to achieve an 80% attendance or absence without a legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence will not be awarded the HKU Credits or the Certificate of Completion.

Disclaimer: Programme contents are subject to change without prior notice.