“We are excited to convene the International Space Apps Challenge to allow citizens around the world to engage with open space data to create new innovative solutions to NASA’s mission challenges.”
Deborah Diaz, Chief Technology Officer for IT, NASA HQ

Since its inception in 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge has become the biggest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe in working with NASA to design innovative solutions to global challenges. At the last Space Apps event in 2014, more than 8,000 global citizens in 46 countries and 95 cities participated. In 2015, the International Space Apps Challenge will take place in over 100 cities around the world and will feature dozens of challenges on the themes of Earth, Outer Space, Humans and Robotics.

This year, NASA is placing special emphasis on Women in Data. For the first time, we are offering a data bootcamp for participants interested in improving their skills with code, data and project advocacy. The bootcamp will be open to everyone and streamed online from the main stage event in NYC. In line with this year’s emphasis, the bootcamp will reach out to women’s organizations influential in the data and making communities to participate, and encourage the participation of women-led teams in the hackathon. Women have historically been underrepresented at these types of events, and we are committed to supporting their engagement, learning and leadership in appropriate ways as we help build a strong and diverse community.

The success of Space Apps relies on local organizers around the world, who leverage contributions from hundreds of organizations that contribute expertise, financial resources, and in-kind support at the community level. At Space Apps events, teams of technologists, scientists, designers and entrepreneurs work together to develop answers to some of the most pressing challenges on earth and space using publicly available NASA data. The challenges and data for the event, spanning themes in Earth, Space, Humans, and Robotics – will be available in late March.

Applications are currently open until February 10, 2015 to propose bringing Space Apps to your city. Sign up now!

“What matters is convening kindred spirits, building global networks, stimulating creativity, wrestling with big challenges, finding solutions, and celebrating practitioners of the scientific and technological arts, who contribute so much more to life on this planet than the folks we usually spend most of our time watching and cheering.”
David Heubner, US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa and Space Apps Auckland judge

Personal note: As a long-time supporter of the vision for open NASA and the opportunity for everyone everywhere to participate in space exploration in meaningful ways, I am incredibly excited to be part of the International Space Apps Challenge again this year. Space Apps is a place for true mission-driven collaboration that demonstrates again and again the incredible things that are possible with NASA’s data, and I hope you will bring your experience and perspective and come join the Challenge.


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