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Space Apps 2019

October 18-20, 2019

The countdown to Space Apps 2019 begins!

Interested in sponsoring? Over here for more info.

Interested in volunteering? Contact us at spaceapps@skywatch.com.

 
 

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.

 
 

 Challenges

 
Earth’s Oceans

Earth’s Oceans

From beaches and salt marshes, to the open ocean, sea ice, and the sea floor, Earth’s oceans are dynamic. This challenge category will ask you to use NASA data to better understand and protect Earth’s oceans.

To The Stars

To The Stars

Whether your interests lie in our solar system or beyond, outer space provides seemingly endless opportunity for study, exploration, and inspiration. Challenges in this category will invite you to think hard and be creative about space science and exploration, whether your viewpoint is scientific, technologic, artistic – or all three!

Our Moon

Our Moon

Across human history, our moon has been a faithful beacon to observers of the Earth’s sky. Challenges in this category will ask you to think creatively about our nearest neighbor, and to interpret NASA data and concepts to find solutions.

Living In Our World

Living In Our World

The Earth is composed of complicated systems – land, water, air, living things, and the planet itself. Understanding how these systems work together is important. Challenges in this category will ask you to craft solutions using NASA data – a story, a game, a video, any product of your design – that capture what it’s like to live on Earth.

Planets Near And Far

Planets Near And Far

From our neighboring planets to those only visible through the most powerful telescopes, other planetary bodies have long fascinated scientists, artists, and explorers. This challenge category will ask you to use NASA data to explore the systems of other planets, near and far.

 

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.

Insterested in being a sponsor this year? Contact Marine (spaceapps@skywatch.com). You can find our sponsor information package here.

PLATINUM SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSORS

SILVER SPONSORS

Schedule

Friday, October 18

5PM - 7PM - Registration

Communitech at the Tannery

6PM - 10PM - Team Building

While optional, we highly recommend you attend if you don’t already have a team. A Slack channel is also available for all participants.

Communitech at the Tannery

6PM - 12AM - Workshops

Workshops are entirely free and optional. Spots are first come, first serve.

7PM - 7:30PM - Welcome Speech & Logistics

Communitech at the Tannery

7PM - 9PM - Dinner

Communitech at the Tannery

Saturday

HACKING

Communitech at the Tannery & Communitech Data Hub - 8AM - 12PM

BREAKFAST

Communitech at the Tannery & Communitech Data Hub - 8AM - 10AM

LUNCH

Communitech at the Tannery & Communitech Data Hub - 12PM - 1PM

EVENING ACTIVITIES

Communitech at the Tannery & Communitech Data Hub - 5PM - 12AM

Sunday

BREAKFAST

Communitech at the Tannery & Communitech Data Hub - 8AM - 10AM

HACKING

Communitech at the Tannery & Communitech Data Hub - 12AM - 8AM

PRELIMINARY JUDGING ROUND

Communitech at the Tannery & Communitech Data Hub - 8AM - 12PM

LUNCH

Communitech at the Tannery & Communitech Data Hub - 12PM - 1PM

FINAL JUDGING ROUND & AWARD CEREMONY

Communitech at the Tannery & Communitech Data Hub - 1PM - 6PM

 Frequently Asked Questions

About

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.

 

Hacking

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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