NASA Space Apps Challenge – Ideas due 2/5; event 4/29-4/30

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NASA Science Mission Directorate is proudly hosting NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge on April 29-30th, 2017 and the theme for this year’s challenges is Earth!

We are excited to invite you to be a part of the NASA Challenge Team and engage with the public with Earth data and products at NASA!

 – Do you have an Earth science problem that can be addressed with NASA data and products?  We can design our challenges around real problems faced by our scientists, PIs, public officials, and program managers.  Let our brilliant community of coders and designers bring their talents to the table and help you address your needs!

– Be a part of the open innovation community to share data and ideas and spur local innovation hubs around the world!  We welcome you to attend the International Space Apps event at a location near you!  Chose from one of our 100+ locations to visit and represent NASA and share your stories and advice with our enthusiastic participants!

– If you are an expert in Earth science, help judge the Space Apps Challenge submissions and witness first hand the amazing potential of our participants!

Please visit for more information on Space Apps, and check out last year’s challenge winners’ AMAZING solutions with video descriptions!  Here’s a taster- 

Best use of Hardware – Canaria
Best use of Data – Scintilla

 To sign up to be a part of the NASA Challenge Team, please contact Shobhana Gupta.



Since its inception in 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to work with NASA in building innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space using open source data. Space Apps inspires local innovation communities to convene, ideate, and build. Teams of technologists, scientists, designers and entrepreneurs work together in a 48-hour sprint to develop answers to some of the most pressing challenges on Earth and space using NASA data. Over 15,000 citizens from 61 countries and in 161 cities around the world participated in the 2016 International Space Apps Challenge.

1,300 projects were developed during the 2016 Space Apps, many open source solutions with immediate value to NASA and the global community. The most popular challenges included creating a crowdsourced platform to compare environmental changes with symptoms of respiratory disease, an educational app to help young students locate the moon, and an app to support local drone operators. 

Shobhana Gupta, MD, PhD
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Earth Science Division
National Aeronautics and Space Administration