We’re thrilled to announce this year’s winners.


Best Use of Data: SkyWatch, created at Space Apps Toronto. The SkyWatch app is a visual representation of data collected from observatories around the world in near real time. The app provides telescope coordinates of celestial events, and plots the location through Google Sky. Users can subscribe or filter sky alerts, and share them through social media.This project solves the Alert-Alert challenge. The remaining four finalists are: Leaf Zone, Rocks Lasers Profit, Roboscope, and GravityApp.





Best Use of Hardware: Android Base Station, created at Space Apps London to transform a smart phone into wifi hotspot by connecting to satellites using a 3-D printed receiver. This automated, ultra-portable, satellite tracking station can log changes in micro-satellites in orbit. This project solves the PhoneSat challenge. The other four finalists are Play-It-Cool,FobosMars, LeapBot, and Senti8.





Best Mission Concept:Aurora Wearables, created at Space Apps Exeter as a collaboration between artists, fashion designers, technologists, and software developers. This internet-connected spacesuit is designed for astronauts to wear on the International Space Station and beyond. This solution solves the Space Wearables challenge. The remaining four finalists are Chronos, InfectionMap, Urban Data, and What’s Next.




Most Inspiring: Yorbit, created at Space Apps Kansas City as a way to search, personalize, and share the stunning photographs captured by NASA satellites orbiting high above Earth. Searching by date and image, users can choose images from unique maps and write message on the image to share using social media or email. This project solves the Earth As Art challenge. The four finalists are: Forestsquare, Earthsquare, AimSat MX, and Gravity Now!





Galactic Impact: SkySnapper, created at Space Apps London to measure air quality by snapping photos of the sky. Crowd-sourced sky images are mapped to assess air pollution by sky color to spot polluted areas and monitor progress over time. This project solves the My Sky Color challenge. The four finalists are: Landslide Tracker, Nero Project, SpaceMade, and SSPIA





People’s Choice: Space Helmet, created at Space Apps Valencia, is a space helmet integrated with a smart phone and cameras and virtual reality glove to provide data at the point of the finger. This project solves the Space T challenge. Space Helmet received the highest score based on a formula that took into account the number of tweets, unique users and timeline deliveries. Rounding out the Top 5: DECAone, BotRover, Curious Bot and GravMaps. Thanks to all the finalists for getting out the vote and to all of you who voted.

Keep an eye on these winners and finalists. We expect to see great things from them through this next year. Several already have financing to move forward. We wish you all well!!

About Beth

Open Innovation Program Manager

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