The time is now!

April 28-30


Once a year. This week-end!

The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an intense 48-hour international hackathon hosted simultaneously in over 100 cities around the world. This is the second year the Waterloo hackathon will be held at Communitech. This event is aimed at solving some of NASA’s most complex challenges. They enable participants to solve these challenges by making their enormous amounts of data open and available through the openNASA initiative.  Some of these challenges include better measuring the Earth’s air quality, better understanding the impact of climate change, and even finding better ways to monitor the health of astronauts.


2017 prizes and surprises

At the end of the challenge, two teams will be selected by NASA  to compete globally and will be invited to attend a rocket launch. Additionally, the top Canadian teams will also receive a prize from the Canadian Space Agency and will be invited to tour their facilities. With only three Canadian locations this year, the odds are in your favour! Last but not least, SkyWatch will also offer prizes to the winning team of the SkyWatch challenge.

And we also have a few surprises planned for the week-end. There is still time to register.


Space talk

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen will come to Communitech on Saturday morning, between 9AM and 11AM, to answer questions from the audience and from Twitter. The event is free and open to everyone, however we recommend you arrive early as there are only 100 seats available.  The event will also be live streamed. Follow it up here or tweet your question using #SpaceAppsKW.


SkyWatch challenge: Carbon in the atmosphere

Using the SkyWatch API and OCO-2 Satellite data create an application to examine the variation and change in CO2 levels across North America for the last 2-3 years, based on geographic sub-units of your choosing, and tell you own story of human-atmospheric interactions.

The best team will receive $1,000 in SkyWatch credits to help deploy their application and Fitbit Alta watches to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Do you think you can win?



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Last year's hackathon

Hosted at Communitech in 2016, NASA Space Apps Waterloo attracted 110 competitors, $11,400 in cash sponsorship, $6,500 in-kind sponsorship, and nearly 500 volunteered hours. This year’s event is expected to bring 150 competitors.

A look at 2016


2016 Stats

91% Students

91% Students

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63% Software Developer

72% University of Waterloo


22% Entrepreneur

21 Projects

             Avg Group Size: 3.4

Average group size 3.4

     Rochers Consumed: 2740

2740 Rochers Consumed

   7 Free CO Domains Claimed

7 Free .CO Domains Claimed


Challenges from last year

Designed by NASA and the European Space Agency, last year's challenges focused on real-world design challenges, and on making our planet and universe accessible, visual, and fun to explore. 

***This year's challenges coming soon***

2016 Challenges


Past Partners

Interested in sponsorship for Space Apps Waterloo 2017? We're looking for individuals and organisations who would like to provide food, technology, hardware, software, in kind sponsorships, or sign up for one of our sponsorship packages.


Past Mentors

Interested in providing mentorship at this year's event?

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