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Space Apps 2018

October 19-21, 2018

The countdown to Space Apps 2018 begins!

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October 19-21, 2018

We are excited to officially kick off the countdown to the 2018 International Space Apps Challenge, happening October 19-21! The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an intense 48-hour international hackathon hosted simultaneously in over 200 cities around the world. Last year’s Space Apps produced more than 2,000 solutions created by more than 25,000 participants from all corners of the world, using NASA’s open data to improve life on planet Earth. 

This year's theme is Earth and Space.

2018 Challenges

Sponsor the future

Each year, our sponsors help our hackers solve some of this world's most important challenges. Whether you would prefer to be on the floor with our developers and builders or help us with logistics, we have a spot for you. 

Interested in sponsoring? Email us to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

About

What is SPACE APPS?

The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an intense 48-hour international hackathon hosted simultaneously in over 180 cities around the world. Last year’s Space Apps produced more than 2,000 solutions created by more than 25,000 participants from all corners of the world, using NASA’s open data to improve life on planet Earth. 

Who can participate?

Space belongs to all. We welcome all and everyone. Whether you are a coder extraordinaire, a rocket scientist, or simply a student with an affinity for space, you have a place here. 

What is the minimum age for participants?

There is no minimum age for participation in Space Apps, and many youth and children have participated in past events. We only note that participants under 13 must have a parent or guardian register for them and attend with them. 

Do I register as an individual or as a team?

Participants will need to register as individuals, not teams. Participants will form project teams at Space Apps events and teams will submit their projects by creating a project page.

Can I join more than one team?

Yes, participants can join one team per challenge. There are multiple challenges available to all participants.

How many people can be on a team?

There is no set requirement. The sweet spot for teams is typically 4 to 5 - if it gets too big, it can be hard to focus, if it is too small, you may not have all the skills/knowledge needed. Teams can be formed before or during the event.

How much does it cost to attend?

Admission is completely free. If you do not have accommodations in the area and/or if you like coding all night, you can even stay overnight on Friday and Saturday.

How do I get to THE HACKATHON?

The Communitech Hub is located at the Tannery, 151 Charles Street West, Suite 100, in Kitchener. The Tannery is a short 5-min walk away from the Kitchener Bus Terminal, the Kitchener train station, and Kitchener downtown.

Nearest bus stops

King / Victoria - 7   //   Victoria / Joseph - 20   //   King / Francis - 22   //   Victoria / Joseph - 200   //   Water / King - 204

Nearest GO stops

U of Waterloo - 25 GO Bus  //  Victoria/King - Kitchener GO 30 Bus  //  Kitchener - Kitchener GO Train  //  Kitchener - Malton GO Train

Is there parking on-site?

Participants can park at the Communitech Hub parking lot starting Friday 5PM. 

 

Hacking

What if I've never been to a hackathon before?

Welcome! Participants of all skill levels will be there. We’ll have talks, mentors and workshops to help you with your project; hackathons can be a great place to learn new skills in a short amount of time. Just be eager to learn, and excited to meet lots of awesome people.

Is the event limited to just software development?

Absolutely not, Space Apps projects don't have to be apps. We need people with all types of skills to participate! Teams need project managers, designers, artists, educators, writers - anyone who can help advance the cause. You can contribute! Participants in the event will collaborate to build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions that contribute to solving global challenges that focus on improving life on earth. In fact, most teams will benefit from having non-programmers working with them.

Can I start working on my hack before the event?

No. In the interest of fairness, participants should not be working on their projects before the hackathon begins and we do not allow participants to work on pre-existing projects. However, you can familiarize yourself with all the tools and technologies you intend to use beforehand! 

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