How do you engage thousands of people around the world in space exploration? This was the challenge we set out to tackle with the International Space Apps Challenge.
The ability to contribute towards solving meaningful challenges is the most important motivator for most participants in mass collaboration. Space Apps offers challenges that are both inspiring and relevant.
Collaboration on a massive scale is the key to addressing the most important challenges of our time – the ones that none of us can solve alone.
Solutions can span the spectrum from concept ideation, to prototypes and working demos, to advanced applications ready for use.
The International Space Apps Challenge provides a unique opportunity for NASA and its partners to advance technology development while engaging citizens worldwide in meaningful participatory exploration.
The International Space Apps Challenge is a model for innovation that any government agency or organization can use to solve their own challenges, in their own context.
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Our solution is a deployable, reusable spinach greenhouse for Mars. Internally, a fully equipped aeroponic system operates for ~45 days, having all the needed resources, sensors and electronic systems to stabilize the internal environment and help the spinach growth. Also, there are systems for harvesting produced oxygen during the process and the plants at the end of it. Externally, photovoltai...
This project consists of two components: hardware and software. The hardware is an Arduino-based mechanical arm that points to the location of the ISS in the sky when it comes overhead. The software is an iOS app which places an icon over a map to mark the ISS's current location, and an augmented reality feature which allows the user to see a marker through their camera showing where the station i...
Sol is the world's first interplanetary weather app. This mobile and tablet application integrates weather data from the Curiosity rover on Mars with weather data from here on Earth. This multi-platform application aims to generate mass consumer appeal through a sleek, visually appealing design that incorporates information about the conditions and temperatures on Mars.
Astro Don Pettit said “the greatest limiting factor to ISS science is crewtime”. Team Flipside's T-10 app saves astronauts' time while also connecting Earth and Space. The idea is simple. Using ISS location and real-time weather data we alert astronauts when conditions are good to photograph selected locations. Astronauts can indicate they will look out of the window and users of the Earth ...
The Greener City project crowd-sources the collection of microclimate data through low-cost sensors, network connectivity, and urban gardens. By giving people access to useful information about their garden, we can aggregate many points of atmospheric measurement across a city and display this data in near real-time. The aggregated information can be used by city officials to monitor air quality o...
San Francisco, USA
Exeter, United Kingdom
Open Hardware Challenges
Willow is the program director of Geeks Without Bounds and is currently pursuing research at the Center For Civic Media at MIT. She organized the San Francisco event in 2012 and sees Space Apps as an event that allows you create technology that “amplifies good intent” which can have a lasting impact on the world.
Michael works at the Met Office and has been developing meteorological software since 1987. He’s interested in satellite remote sensing, supercomputing and of course, making the world a better place. He organized the Exeter event in 2012 and 2013 and continues to attend and organize hackathons in the UK.
Jon runs the Product Design Masters at the University of Dundee in Scotland and is currently researching how existing and emerging digital technology can be harnessed using design to enable new forms of interaction and production for the benefit of people. Jon has contributed a number of challenges to the International Space Apps Challenge, including the popular “We Love Data” challenge in 2012. Along with two other creative geniuses, Jayne Wallace and David McGloin, Jon is responsible for a number of great challenges at the 2013 event. Learn more at his blog.
Sam is an American student living in the United Kingdom and attending Oxford University. He’s passionate about a number of things, including baking bread in space. He attended the Oxford event in 2012 and 2013 and developed an impressive solution to bake fresh bread in space using the process of “bread aeration” and only water, flour and carbon dioxide. Read more about Sam’s solution at open.NASA or on the Make blog