We're gearing up for our 5th annual Space Apps on April 22-24, 2016 in a city near you! Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over a 48-72 hour period in cities around the world. Because of citizens like you, we continue to grow each year. Friday, April 22, is our 2nd annual Space Apps Bootcamp pre-event for newcomers to the hackathon environment. This year, we're pleased to have eight cities step up to host Space Apps project accelerators to help propel promising projects forward: Vienna, Noordwik, Irvine, Sofia, Nairobi, New Delhi, Bangladesh, and Guatemala City. We're thrilled to see local innovation hubs grow up around Space Apps.
We're still accepting applications for local hosts. The February 24th deadline is approaching, so don't delay.
We have 121 cities so far, with 99 international venues in 54 countries. 92 of our locations will be managed by veteran organizers -- which tells us the experience must be positive for so many of you to host again. If your community hasn't been represented in the past, let this be YOUR year to make it happen. We have a global team to help you out, with weekly calls in three time zones to let you share issues and learn from fellow organizers around the world.
You may notice that we've updated our Space Apps logo design. We added the word NASA to the logo because we want everyone to know Space Apps is our incubator innovation initiative. We're also updating the Space Apps website look and feel to match our open.nasa.gov redesign. In the design, we want to emphasize that Space Apps convenes citizens around our data and tools, regardless of your background or skill level. You don't have to be a master coder. We want you to inspire each other while you learn and create through story-telling [words], code, design and, most of all, YOUR ideas.
You and your fellow Space Apps team members will create innovative solutions to mission-related challenges broken into six categories: Aeronautics, International Space Station, Solar System & Beyond, Technology, Earth and the Journey to Mars. I wanted to give you a look at the challenge category icons that we'll feature on the redesigned website. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming challenges in our next blogpost.
The website is a holding page, for now, as we continue to build out capabilities. We're excited to share progress with you as we march toward Space Apps 2016. You can keep current on our activities on Twitter and Facebook.
We look forward to an awesome 5th year for Space Apps. It only gets better every year BECAUSE of YOU!!
So, mark your calendar: April 22-24, 2016.
Open Innovation Program Manager