NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge: Why You Should Participate!


Come Join in this Collaborative, Problem-Solving, Open Innovation Competition!

Since its inception in 2012, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon! Thousands of citizens across the globe, just like you, have worked with NASA data and products to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space!

Last year, Space Apps 2016 presented participants with 26 challenges in the fields of Technology, Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Earth, and Journey to Mars.  Some of the most popular challenges included creating a crowdsourced platform to compare environmental changes with symptoms of respiratory disease, building an educational app to help young students locate the moon, or developing an app to support local drone operators.  See the graphic at the bottom of this page for statistics from 2016.

Over 15,000 participants in 161 cities from 61 countries around the world worked together in teams during the 48-hour sprint to develop over 1300 projects!  These projects showcased innovative and creative open source solutions, valuable not just to NASA, but also the global community.
Dr. Shobhana Gupta, NASA Project Manager for Space Apps 2017

This year, WE INVITE YOU to be a part of Space Apps on April 29th-30th, 2017!  We are excited to welcome you to use NASA resources to address challenges that we face on our home planet, Earth! You can visit for more information on hosting or attending an event near you.

Whether you are a newcomer, or a seasoned hackathon veteran; a beginner or an expert; a student, an entrepreneur, a technologist, a scientist, a designer, a storyteller, an artist, or an individual with your unique skills and ideas; EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU has the capacity to bring about paradigm-shifting innovations. 

With opportunities to participate in person and virtually, YOU can join this unprecedented international collaboration between government agencies, organizations, and academic institutions, and leverage NASA data and products to design solutions to scientific and environmental challenges.

In the coming weeks, you'll hear what some of our former participants and Global Winners have been up to since their previous Space Apps experiences, so don’t forget to come back and check out the blog for these inspiring stories! And if you have a Space Apps story of your own that you’d like to tell us about, get in touch with us!

Looking forward to seeing you all in April!!
The Space Apps Global Organizing Team

Be sure to follow our latest news on social media, and join our global community using the hashtag #SpaceApps — we want to hear your stories about your hackathon experiences, and the importance of open data!  

Space Apps 2016 Results 


SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.