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October 20-21, 2018

Wallops Flight Facility among selected worldwide locations

Registration is now available

Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Because of citizens like you, the Challenge continue to grow each year. If you haven’t already, join us to share ideas and engage with open data to address real-world problems, on Earth and in space. Work with a team to solve challenges that could help change the world.


Part of the Open Government Partnership, Space Apps is an annual event that pulls citizens together regardless of their background or skill level. Don’t let the name fool you… it’s not just about apps! Tackle a challenge using robotics, data visualization, hardware, design and many other specialties! Inspire each other while you learn and create using stories, code, design and, most of all, YOUR ideas. Show us your problem-solving skills and you may be a Space Apps award winner or featured on Open NASA!

This year’s challenges

Draft Agenda

Saturday – October 20, 2018

8:00am     Coffee and registration
8:30am     Opening Keynotes
9:00am     Start Hacking!
12:00pm   Lunch
2:30pm     Progress reports
5:00pm     Dinner
10:00pm   Venue close

Sunday – October 21, 2018

8:00am      Coffee – Continue Hacking
12:00pm    Lunch
2:00pm      Presentation preparation
3:30pm      Submission deadline
4:00pm      Pitch presentations
5:00pm      Winners announced
5:30pm      Dinner & celebration

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t code, can I still participate?

Absolutely. Everyone can participate. Hackathons are technology development marathons that draw on the talents and initiative of bright minded developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a passion and desire to have an immediate impact on the world. They are open to anyone who has a passion for making a difference and are focused on developing real solutions to global challenges.

How much does it cost?

Nothing to participants. We’re working with sponsors to make the event free of charge.

How do I choose a challenge?

You can choose any challenge that captures your imagination and uses your skills. You can work on any of the offered projects.

How do I form or find a team?

Start by taking a good look through the challenges and select a few that interest you. You can join a team on the day of the event based on your interest in a particular challenge or a match of skills. We will also help you to find the right team. You are also welcome to form your team in advance and come to the event together.

How many team members can we have?

Teams should be between 4 to 6.  We particularly encourage you to meet and collaborate with new people who have very different skills from yours. Bringing together very diverse skills and talents is often a key to breakthrough innovation!

Do all members a team have to register on Or is it enough to list the names of other team members on our project page?

All team members should register on the Space Apps site so we can be sure we have resources to support everyone who will be participating. Moreover, you will not be able to add your team members to your project page if they have not registered on

Can I start working on the project before the hackathon day?

We want to encourage your enthusiasm, so you are welcome to form teams before the event and to start figuring out how you will tackle the challenges. Of course, there is no need to do anything in advance, it’s entirely up to you. The two day event gives your team a chance to work together in person and we hope you will do most of the work over the weekend so that you can work collaboratively with others. The idea is not for you to just build the best app ever. It’s to create a team who will do something better than any of us can do on our own.  Also, please consider that you’ll be judged based on the amount of work you do on the day.

Since the event is called Space Apps, do the solutions need to be applications?

In spite of the name, it is not just about APPS! There are challenges that involve robotics, data visualization, hardware, design, games and many other elements! Just think of a creative solution!

What do I need to bring?

Laptop, monitor, mouse, keyboard, clay, paint, electricals, drawing paper, your creativeness – whatever you need to make your awesome idea… if you don’t have an idea yet, make sure you bring your thinking cap. If you think you’ll need a sleep, bring a pillow long. Food, drinks and wifi will be provided.

What about licensing and IP rights?

All solutions built at the event must be submitted under an open source license that permits the free and open dissemination of the work. NASA and the other supporting organizations do not own the rights to nor are committed to utilize any solution developed during the event. See the legal statement for more details.

How will I submit a solution?

Registered participants will be able to submit their projects online for judging at during the event weekend from 28-29 April 2018.

How will projects be judged?

Projects will be judged at the end of the event by local judges first and then 1 to 2 teams will be nominated for global judging.  The global level is done by a NASA panel winners will be in 5 categories: Best Use of Hardware, Best Use of Data, Most Inspiring, Galactic Impact, Best Mission Concept. A 6th award will be publicly determined in the People’s Choice category.

Registration is now available

Here’s a sample video from a past challenge

What is the International Space Apps Challenge? YouTube play