2018 Hyperspace Challenge Schedule


Sep 1 – 21



Submission Phase

During this phase, tech startups interested in participating are invited to attend one or more of a series of webinars to learn about specific defense needs and interact directly with the defense innovators sponsoring the problem. New content will be posted on HyperspaceChallenge.com on a regular basis in conjunction with these webinars, enabling interested participants to create a more informed proposal.

Want to to be invited to the webinars?

Sign up now   Following the webinars and ongoing content updates, companies interested in participating must submit a final proposal by September 21 to a specific platform (details forthcoming) for evaluation by a committee made up of business, technical, and defense advisors. The proposal format and scoring rubric will be made available on or before September 6.

Note: See ““What is the time commitment…” to get a sense of the commitment required to make the most of the opportunity for your startup.


Oct 1 – Nov 9



Selection & Onboarding

On September 26 finalists will receive an invitation to participate in the Hyper Accelerator Week and will be asked to confirm their participation no later than September 28. To participate, companies will need to dedicate 2-3 hours per week during the month of October for a series of onboarding and educational workshops over video conferencing. These virtual sessions will cover trends in contracting with the government, pitching to defense users, and other insightful topics.

Nov 13 – 16

Albuquerque, NM


Hyper Accelerator Week

The Hyper Accelerator will be held November 13-16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Participants, including problem sponsors from defense, selected tech startups, and other geospatial experts from academia and beyond, will arrive in time for a welcome reception 6-8pm on November 13, and the final event will end by 12pm on Friday, November 16.   Event start: 6pm Tuesday, November 13. Event completion: 12pm Friday, November 16.