Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), CA

United States

Space Apps Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), CA was held on April 29th & 30th. Thank you to the 160 people who joined the International Space Apps Challenge at this location. The local results, including the work of 24 teams, can be found below!
Thanks Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), CA!

Local People's Choice Winner

The people have spoken! This is the project that captured our hearts.

Palo Alto, 28-30 April 2017

Event Organisers: NASA Earth Sciences & NewMan's Business Accelerator  

Event Host: SAP Next-Gen

You are on the right place. We are super exited by the fact that the Mission Control for Space Apps USA West Coast this year is coming to our location - Silicon Valley. You can read more here: SPACE APPS 2017 MAINSTAGES ANNOUNCED!

SV Partners

This event is composed of 2 parts:

SPACE BOOTCAMP CONFERENCE: April 28, SRI Innovation Center (8:30am - 6:00pm)
(333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025-3493, USA)

HACKATHON: April 29-30, SAP Labs (8:30am - 8:00pm)
(SAP Labs Building 8, 3475 Deer Creek Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA)


The International Space Apps Challenge is the world's biggest mass collaboration focused on Space and Earth еxploration that takes place over 48-hours in more than 170 cities around the world with 15.000 participants across 6 continents. 


The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing open-source and commercial solutions аpplicable to both Earth and Space. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, national space agencies, private corporations and startup teams come together. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with ESA and number of government collaborators and local organizing teams. 

MOON BY 2020 AND MARS BY 2033 

Space is not the exclusive domain of the government. Industry is democratizing space, launching more vehicles from more launch sites than ever. Moon Express and Planetary Resources are just two of the start-ups in the global space sector estimated to $324 billion, and what some argue could become the first trillion-dollar industry. Industry players believe space exploration is due for a quantum leap, with commercial test launches abounding this year. 


Emerging commercial opportunities in low-Earth orbit are made possible by the growing U.S. and Europe commercial spaceflight industry, which will play a leading role this century in opening space for public and private innovation. New markets are emerging creating the potential for private research and business innovation in space across the medical, energy, transportation, communications and advanced manufacturing industries. 


Due to its Mainstage position the participants in Silicon Valley this year will get opportunity to work together with NASA scientists, astronauts and engineers, along with mentors from academia and corporate partners. In addition they will be competing to enter among the 6 global winning teams that will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida by end of 2017 and witness a real rocket launch into Space. 


In spite of the name, this hackathon is much more than just apps. There will be challenges that involve robotics, data visualization, hardware, design, and many other elements! This year the focus will be on solutions for the Earth. You may check the challenge categories here:


This event represents a unique opportunity to bring your efforts and ideas in front of local and international audience and to win the attention of NASA, ESA and some of the biggest commercial space companies and international investors and venture funds. You might also find new cofounders as well as your first clients. 


During the event you can join a team in Skopje or in some of our partners locations such as Vienna, Berlin, New York or Silicon Valley (onsite or remotely). This competition might define your future and direct your further growth in the areas of innovation, high technologies and space endeavours. It might help you get a internship, training, a dream job or decide to become a start-up team member or a cofounder. 


IRENA CHAUSHEVSKA, Lead Organiser - NewMan's CEO, Irena Chaushevska, is a Space Apps alumna and was a member of the global winning team in 2015!  She has organized Space Apps for the last four years in multiple locations, and in 2017, she’s bringing her talents and leadership to Palo Alto!

ANITA KIRKOVSKA, CoLead - Divergent by Nature. Engineer by Education. Business spirit by practice. Space nerd by passion

SARAH N. HEMMINGS, NASA Representative - Scientist, USRA at NASA Applied Sciences Program

Dr. VICTOR TARATUKHIN, SAP Representative - SAP Innovation Network Strategic Projects Director and Visiting Professor at Stanford University

KRISTINA DANILOVSKAMedia and Storytelling - A young storyteller and phtographer, with a love of space


We are very happy to announce that Host partner for the Hackathon this year is SAP Next-Gen.

To accelerate the impact of its global academic innovation network, SAP University Alliances has launched SAP Next-Gen to enable SAP customers and partners to seed in disruptive innovation and accelerate their exponential enterprise journeys and digital futures through connecting with students, startups, academic thought leaders and researchers, accelerators, venture firms, and other partners in the SAP University Alliances innovation network. 

Mission: Build next gen innovators and connect them to the SAP ecosystem to accelerate disruptive innovation.

SAP NextGen map 

Event Location: SAP Palo Alto


Saturday, April 29th
  1. 8:30 AM Participants attendance registration  (Obtaining Name Tags, T-Shirts, NASA Stickers) and Assigning Team tables (only with confirmed Application, on a first-come first-served basis)

    08:30 AM Coffee and Breakfast

    09:15 AM Welcome Talks by Silicon Valley Organising team and Sponsors representatives

    09:30 AM Key Note Speaker: Dr. Patricia A. Jacobberger, Senior Advisor, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ Washington DC

    10:00 AM Demo & Tech talk for technologies to be used - SAP talk

    10:30 AM Demo & Tech talk for technologies to be used - Mentors talks


    11:30 PM Team discussions with mentors

    12:30 PM Team work on challenges

    02:00 PM Lunch break

    03:00 PM Team discussions with mentors

    04:00 PM Team work on challenges

    06:30 PM Dinner 

    07:30 PM Team work on challenges

    09:30 PM-10:30 PM Relax time (Games / Music) 

  2. 08:30 AM Team work on challenges and preparation of draft presentations

    10:30 AM Team discussions with subject mentors

    11:30 PM Team discussions with presentation and pitching mentors

    12:15 PM Lunch

    01:00 PM Team work on challenges and preparation of presentations


    05:30 PM Judging committee discussions / Teams vote for people's choice award

    06:30 PM Closing remarks

    06:45 PM Winners announcement

    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM Closing ceremony (wine and cheese)


SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.