NASA Launches Intergalactic Hackathon Challenge


NASA today launched the International Space Apps Challenge, a global codeathon-style event that will be held April 21 and 22 with activity taking place on all seven continents and in space. The event will embrace collaborative problem solving with the goal of producing solutions to global changes.

Participants such as concerned citizens, discipline experts, engineers, scientists and software developers can attend events hosted in cities around the world, where they can collaborate with others by forming teams focused on solving a specific challenge.


The teams will compete with others around the world to utilize publicly available data to design solutions to a pre-determined series of global challenges. The challenges are collected prior to the event from supporting organizations.

The challenges will be grouped into four categories: software development, open hardware, citizen science platforms and data visualization.

At each venue, winners will be chosen by local judges. Local judging is coordinated by the organizations leading each event. Organizations at each event may choose to offer prizes for the local winning teams. In order to be judged, all solutions developed must be submitted to a central repository under a license that permits the free and open dissemination of the work.

Current event locations:

  • San Francisco
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Exeter and Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • McMurdo Station, Antarctica
  • International Space Station

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