October 18-20, 2019
We are excited to officially kick off the countdown to the 2019 International Space Apps Challenge, happening October 18-20!
Now in its 8th year, the NASA Space Apps Challenge is intense 48-hour international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Space Apps 2018 included over 18,000 participants at more than 200 events in 75 countries.
For the 3rd year, the Canadian Space Agency will partner up with Canadian locations to also offer participants the chance to win Canadian specific prizes.
The 2019 Space Apps challenges have not yet been announced. You can take a look at past challenges here.
Every year challenges are designed to introduce participants to some of the challenges space engineers must design around and center around themes like space exploration, astronomy, rocket science, and Earth observation.
These workshops will be hosted separately and will be open to the greater public.
9AM - 4PM
5PM - 7PM
While optional, we highly recommend you attend if you don’t already have a team. A Slack channel will also be made available to all participants closer to the start date.
6PM - 10PM
Workshops are entirely free and optional. Spots are first come, first serve.
6PM - 7PM
WELCOME SPEECH & LOGISTICS
7PM - 7:30PM
7PM - 9PM
WORKSHOPS - CONTINUED
9PM - 12PM
8AM - 12PM
8AM - 10AM
12PM - 1PM
5PM - 12AM
8AM - 10AM
12AM - 12PM
11AM - 1PM
1PM - 6PM
Space Apps sponsors
Each year, our sponsors help our hackers solve some of this world's most important challenges. They are the glue holding this event together, and by glue, we mean coffee. To take a look at our past sponsors, simply follow this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS SPACE APPS?
The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an intense 48-hour international hackathon hosted simultaneously in over 200 cities around the world. Last year’s Space Apps produced more than 2,000 solutions created by more than 18,000 participants from all corners of the world, using NASA’s open data to improve life on planet Earth.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Space belongs to all. We welcome all and everyone. Whether you are a coder extraordinaire, a rocket scientist, or simply a student with an affinity for space, you have a place here.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR PARTICIPANTS?
There is no minimum age for participation in Space Apps, and many youth and children have participated in past events. We only note that participants under 13 must have a parent or guardian register for them and attend with them.
DO I REGISTER AS AN INDIVIDUAL OR AS A TEAM?
Participants will need to register as individuals, not teams. Participants will form project teams at Space Apps events and teams will submit their projects by creating a project page.
CAN I JOIN MORE THAN ONE TEAM?
Yes, participants can join one team per challenge. There are multiple challenges available to all participants.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE ON A TEAM?
There is no set requirement. The sweet spot for teams is typically 4 to 5 - if it gets too big, it can be hard to focus, if it is too small, you may not have all the skills/knowledge needed. Teams can be formed before or during the event.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND?
Admission is completely free. If you do not have accommodations in the area and/or if you like coding all night, you can even stay overnight on Friday and Saturday.
WHAT IF I'VE NEVER BEEN TO A HACKATHON BEFORE?
Welcome! Participants of all skill levels will be there. We’ll have talks, mentors and workshops to help you with your project; hackathons can be a great place to learn new skills in a short amount of time. Just be eager to learn, and excited to meet lots of awesome people.
IS THE EVENT LIMITED TO JUST SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT?
Absolutely not, Space Apps projects don't have to be apps. We need people with all types of skills to participate! Teams need project managers, designers, artists, educators, writers - anyone who can help advance the cause. You can contribute! Participants in the event will collaborate to build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions that contribute to solving global challenges that focus on improving life on earth. In fact, most teams will benefit from having non-programmers working with them.
CAN I START WORKING ON MY HACK BEFORE THE EVENT?
No. In the interest of fairness, participants should not be working on their projects before the hackathon begins and we do not allow participants to work on pre-existing projects. However, you can familiarize yourself with all the tools and technologies you intend to use beforehand!
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