The Inspiration Zone is a place where everyone, regardless of age and space passion will find something for themselves. The ERC audience will not only experience amazing projects prepared by the robotics competition participants, but also see speakers and inventions from around the world, as well as an endless number of demonstrations, attractions and scientific experiments. On the main stage of the event, the attendees will see foremost inspiring presentations that will take them to the farthest corners of the universe but also various debates, in which experts from the industry related to the exploration of extraterrestrial space will share their work with the audience.

Guided by the motto “we inspire a new generation” we bring space and the growing role of modern technologies in our lives closer to the general public. We want our viewers to leave the ERC not only equipped with knowledge, but also inspired to action.

"The best thing a human can do is to help another human being know more" – Charlie Munger

The Inspiration Zone brings together not only the best rover constructors worldwide. Every year, world-class specialists, industry leaders and scientists gather here. Among them are astronauts, experts of the largest technology companies, leaders of space agencies and researchers from universities around the world. The ERC creates a platform of knowledge exchange for university students, space enthusiasts and potential employees of the space sector.

Therefore, the event’s programme includes interdisciplinary debates on the future of human settlement on the Red Planet, the survival of the first astronauts in the lunar bases announced by NASA or ESA, as well as important topics related to the commercialization and use of space technologies on Earth.

In previous years, the ERC has hosted speakers such as Robert Cabana – NASA Associate Administrator, Steve Jurczyk – former NASA Associate Administrator, Robert Zubrin – founder of The Mars Society, Harrison Schmitt – geologist, NASA astronaut and member of the last mission to the Moon in 1972 – Apollo 17, and Tim Peake – European Space Agency astronaut.

DAILY THEME

Day 1 – MARS

Day 2 – MOON

Day 3 – EARTH

We want the extraordinary value that the ERC gives its participants to reach as wide audience as possible. That’s why our event is broadcasted on-line to viewers from all over the world. Online participants can, regardless of where they are, follow presentations and debates with space market experts and participate in dedicated workshops. Each day of the event has a leading theme:

DAY 1 – MARS – the issues raised by our experts on the first day of the ERC concern the future exploration of Mars, the challenges that await for future colonizers and the technologies necessary to send mankind to the Red Planet.

DAY 2 – MOON – space technology experts in the fields of: manned Moon missions, the exploration of the Silver Globe and its resources, and the use of our natural satellite as a launch platform for further exploration of our solar system and deep space.

DAY 3 – EARTH – the final day of the event is always dedicated to the exploration of the Earth, the use of space technologies to protect our planet and the use of satellite data for research in various scientific sectors. This day is also dedicated to space technologies in everyday life.

Livestream agenda

The rover competition and the Inspiration Zone will be available to visitors every day (September 09–11, 2022, Friday to Sunday) from 10.00am to 5.00pm on the campus of the Kielce University of Technology. Below you can find a draft agenda of the online broadcast. Participation in the event is free of charge. The livestream will be provided exclusively in English.

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10am

LIVESTREAM

Beginning of the first day

ERC Host & Jury representatives

10.30am

LIVESTREAM

Future technologies, research, and projects of space agencies and private companies

Keynote presentation

Debate introduction.

11am

LIVESTREAM

How will new science and technologies change the world in the coming years?

Debate

What will the discoveries in genetics, cosmology, and AI research bring in the coming years of the 21st century? Will we be able to start time travel, reach the stars and meet other civilizations in space?

11.50am

LIVESTREAM

What do rovers do on Mars and Mars Yard?

Live from the Mars Yard studio

A conversation with the Jury and Experts on the applications of rovers in space exploration, with a mention of drones.

12.20pm

LIVESTREAM

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

Presentation of Exhibitors, Teams and rovers participating in the ERC 2022.

2pm

LIVESTREAM

Future Mars Exploration

Keynote presentation

Debate introduction.

2.30pm

LIVESTREAM

Life in a martian city

Debate

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about psychological, physiological, and biological aspects of life on Mars. A discussion on its future economy, governance, and possible lifestyles.

3.20pm

LIVESTREAM

Competencies in the space sector – who’s needed?

Live from the Mars Yard studio

A conversation with the Jury and Experts on the required competencies in the space sector.

3.50pm

LIVESTREAM

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

Presentation of Exhibitors, Teams and rovers participating in the ERC 2022.

4.20pm

LIVESTREAM

Wrap-up of the first day

ERC Host

10am

LIVESTREAM

Beginning of the second day

ERC Host & Jury representatives

A summary of the first day of the ERC competition.

10.30am

LIVESTREAM

Lunar exploration

Keynote presentation

Debate introduction.

11am

LIVESTREAM

The Moon – from survival to daily life

Debate

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about our lives and work on the Moon, how to survive extreme conditions, human-robot cooperation, and a zero-waste lifestyle.

11.50am

LIVESTREAM

Differences between Mars and lunar rovers

Live from the Mars Yard studio

A conversation with the Jury and Experts on the differences between Mars and Moon rovers.

12.20pm

LIVESTREAM

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

Presentation of Exhibitors, Teams and rovers participating in the ERC 2022.

2pm

LIVESTREAM

A new generation of space stations

Keynote presentation

Debate introduction.

2.30pm

LIVESTREAM

Art and living in space

Debate

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about the meaning of art, design, photography, music, and even gardening on space stations. Applied technologies in space.

3.20pm

LIVESTREAM

Future of the space market labor

Live from the Mars Yard studio

What new professions will space exploration bring? What competencies should the next generation develop?

3.50pm

LIVESTREAM

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

Presentation of Exhibitors, Teams and rovers participating in the ERC 2022.

4.20pm

LIVESTREAM

Wrap-up of the second day

ERC Host

10am

LIVESTREAM

Beginning of the third day

ERC Host & Jury representatives

A summary of the second day of the ERC competition.

10.30am

LIVESTREAM

Space technologies in everyday life

Keynote presentation

Debate introduction.

11am

LIVESTREAM

Further space exploration vs. disruptive changes on Earth

Debate

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about the challenges of climate change and the desire to explore space.

11.50am

LIVESTREAM

AI and autonomous robots

Live from the Mars Yard studio

What benefits does designing better autonomous space robots give us? What new applications for such technologies will we find in the future?

12.20pm

LIVESTREAM

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

Presentation of Exhibitors, Teams and rovers participating in the ERC 2022.

2pm

LIVESTREAM

Overview of space-related advertising and the most interesting communication campaigns from the space sector

Keynote presentation

Debate introduction.

2.30pm

LIVESTREAM

How to talk about space?

Debate

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about how we should talk about space, how to communicate its complex topics, and sway the public.

3.20pm

LIVESTREAM

Awaiting the results – interviews with the ERC’22 Teams

Live from the Team Zone

Conversations with Teams taking part in the ERC 2022 competition.

3.45pm

LIVESTREAM

Award and closing ceremony