SGAC – Global Aerospace Summit Competition

Supported by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the Global Aerospace Summit 2020

What is the Global Aerospace Summit?

For 2020 the Global Aerospace Summit has a new theme – Insight and Integration. How will data driven insight and digital transformation enable aerospace to identify new opportunities and anticipate challenges? How will this knowledge be harnessed to drive performance, enable smarter innovation and ensure secure, sustainable integrated partnerships?

This Mubadala hosted event is an exclusive, strategic gathering of 1000 global aerospace industry leaders coming together to promote partnerships and cooperative development in the global aerospace sector. At the Summit you will join an exclusive group of established sector leaders with intimate and extensive knowledge in the aerospace, defence, aviation and space industries. You will take an active role in a comprehensive programme of thought leadership and strategic vision driven by over 150 industry decision makers who commit to speak at the Summit.

Since the launch of the Summit in 2012, major OEMs and industry players from Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to Collins Aerospace, Leonardo, BAE Systems and Honeywell have supported Mubadala and the UAE in developing a valuable platform to meet global industry leaders and understand how new technologies are changing aerospace and defence.

In 2020 there will be a strong country focus on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The Summit is an ideal industry platform for global entities to explore partnerships with the UAE and KSA, make announcements and generate new ideas surrounding aviation, aerospace, defence and space – with an extensive programme of important media announcements from the most exciting projects and new partnerships in the region.

The Summit features streams dedicated to the core component sectors of the audience. C-level panel discussions focus on the most important business challenges facing aviation, defence, space and technology development. Speakers explore how new technologies will revolutionise the sector and how the aerospace, space and defence industries serve as catalysts for global security, international cooperation, and economic growth.

Lean more about the Global Aerospace Summit

What are the SGAC activities at the Global Space Congress?

Since 2018, SGAC is an official association partner of the Global Space Congress and in particular their Next Gen programme.

1. Speed Mentoring:

Mentorship is valued and sought after by young people. After the success of the last speed mentoring event Next Gen Leaders organised in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council, we are once again bringing industry leaders and young talent together. Students and young professionals will receive practical guidance and tips on how to kick start or advance their careers.

Date: TBC

2. Panel on How can space empower the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Vision and perspectives from the 6 United Nations regions.

In March 2020 the Global Aerospace Summit and Next Gen Leaders are once again partnering with the Space Generation Advisory Council to address the pressing issue of how to secure a more peaceful and sustainable future for all. In this panel experts from different regions, organisations and backgrounds will explore how space and space applications came to be involved and included among the tools to achieve the SDGs in their respective region and analyse the critical contribution/role that space has with respect to the achievement of the goals. The discussion will focus on the different regional perspectives as we all share a common mission towards the involvement of the next generation of space leaders in the achievement of the SDGs. The main objective is to bring together different regional perspectives to enhance the SDGs awareness and thus contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

Date: TBC

Competition and Award

There are 20 free passes for the Day 2 and Day 3 (18 – 19 March 2020) of the Global Aerospace Summit 2020 available for SGAC members.

The winners will:

  • Be selected to attend the Day 2 and Day 3 (18 – 19 March 2020) of the Global Aerospace Summit for free.
  • Be selected to attend the SGAC events listed above (speed mentoring session and panel session)

Please note: this does not include the participation to Day 1 (17 March 2020) which is the VIP day. It does not include flights and accommodation.

More information about the programme can be found here.

How to Apply?

You should submit your application via the Scholarship Submission Form. Your submission should follow the competition guidelines below.



  1. The competition is open all SGAC members
  2. All individuals or team members shall be SGAC members between the ages of 18 to 35 inclusive (up to the day of their 36th birthday) on 1 March 2020.
  3. Competition organisers and judges are not eligible for this award.


  1. The language of all submissions shall be English.
  2. Applicants must submit their CV
  3. Applicant must submit a letter of intent explaining their interest to attend.

Responsibilities of the Winners

The winners shall:

  • Attend Day 2 and Day 3 of the Global Aerospace Summit
  • Submit a short video clip (2 min maximum) describing his or her experience at the Global Aerospace Summit for inclusion on the SGAC website, newsletter or social media and that of our partners
  • Be selected to attend the SGAC events listed above (speed mentoring session and panel session)


  1. Once selected, the candidates will be distributed a personalised discount code which can then be used to register for Day 2 and Day 3 of the Global Aerospace Summit for free.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

  1. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit SGAC and all affiliated organisers to mention their names, affiliations and headshot picture in connection with the competition.


  1. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the Global Space Congress is cancelled. Organisers will not reimburse the winners, even if he/she has already incurred expenses.
  2. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend the Global Space Congress or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void.


Call for applications opens: 1st of December
Call for applications closes: 15th of January 29th of February 2020
Review period: 15th – 20th January 9th  6th of March 2020
Announcement: 20th of January 6th of March 2020