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About the Event

This year, the Space Apps Challenge will be fully online, so you can participate from anywhere in the world!

During the weekend, you will be given support from the leading experts in the space industry to develop your idea into a winning one. The top teams from each three locations will get some exciting prizes from our partners, as well a chance to compete on the global stage!

Don’t miss the action – register now! 

What is the NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2020?

On October 2-4, NASA is inviting coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists to come together in a global,virtual hackathon. During a period of 48 hours, participants from around the world will come together to create virtual teams and solve challenges using NASA’s open-source data.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of our global community’s health and safety, this year’s hackathon will be an all-virtual event. In other words, all local events will be moved online. In this unprecedented time, the Space Apps community exists as a reminder that we have the tools and talents to tackle the challenges that face our planet, as well as the ability to unite across boundaries and borders of all kinds.

Our theme for this year’s event — “Take Action” — is a critical reminder that you can make a difference, even from the comfort and safety of home.

What is the purpose of Space Apps?

Space Apps, which started in 2012, has now become the largest global hackathon. While NASA provides awards to the top projects (see more below), Space Apps is all about collaboration! Our mission is focused on the following objectives:

  • To inspire collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking

  • To foster interest in Earth and space science and exploration

  • To raise awareness of NASA data around the world

  • To encourage growth and diversity of the next generation of scientists, technologists, designers, engineers, artists, etc.

Who should participate in Space Apps?

Space Apps is for everyone! This includes those who have never “hacked’ before! All passionate problem solvers are encouraged to join – students, experts, engineers, makers, artists, and storytellers. While some of our challenges are technical, others ask you to use your artistic skills, your business acumen, and your historical imaginations!

In other words, you do​ not need to be a coder or data expert to be part of SpaceApps. Infact, the most diverse teams are often the most successful.

Excited? Learn More! 

NASA Space Apps has created a very detailed participants FAQ with more information regarding: 

  • The most important dates and times for Space Apps 2020
  • Participant Registration
  • Forming a project team
  • The challenges
  • Project submissions
  • Judging and awards

Register for the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2020

Registration is open now!

The event is facilitated through three locations. You can pick any location to register through, although we advise to register through the one closest to you.