Registration is now open for the NASA International Space Applications Challenge 2022
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The NASA International Space Apps Challenge – the world’s largest annual hackathon – returns this year with the theme “Make Space,” which emphasizes NASA’s commitment to inclusivity. This year’s challenge will focus on science, technology and exploration of Earth and space. Participant registration for in-person and virtual events is now open via October 2.
Space Apps provides a platform where anyone around the world with a passion for creativity and innovation can use their unique perspectives to tackle challenges created by NASA experts. Challenges vary in skill level, expertise, subject matter and focus, and span a range of disciplines and interests from artificial intelligence and software development to art and storytelling .
“Each year, Space Apps enables thousands of people to engage with open data from NASA and its partners during the hackathon,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate. “It has been gratifying to see the innovative projects created by Space Apps Challenge participants and to observe their potential to generate meaningful contributions to solving some of NASA’s toughest challenges on Earth and in space.”
Space Apps provides a positive and safe environment that fosters collaboration and a growth mindset. Whether participants are exploring a challenge, learning to be creative, defining team roles, learning a technical skill, or learning to deal with setbacks that arise during the challenge weekend, this event’s innovative and flexible structure enables participants to leave enriched, motivated, and enthusiastic about the idea of learning.
“Talent is everywhere, but the scarcity of opportunity leaves so much untapped talent and untapped potential,” said Karen Saint Germain, director of NASA’s Earth Sciences Division. “There are so many positive stories resulting from this challenge that underscore the value of ‘making room’ for everyone.”
Since its inception in 2012, Space Apps has created and steadily grown a global community united by a common interest in solving problems and creating impact. The successes resulting directly from these challenges range from the creation of new products and business ventures, to innovative upgrades to existing products, and have helped connect people socially and professionally, giving them access to expertise and knowledge they would not otherwise have. By connecting teams to challenges and experts from space agencies around the world, participants gain access to new opportunities and knowledge that can impact them for a lifetime.
This year, NASA is delighted to announce the addition of the Indian Space Research Organization and the Mexican Space Agency to the list of partner space agencies supporting Space Apps. Some of the valued returning partners from last year include the Australian Space Agency, the Brazilian Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, the ESA (European Space Agency), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the Commission of space activities of the ArgentinaNational Space Science Agency of Bahrain, the Paraguayan Space Agency and the South African National Space Agency. The partnership with space agencies encourages broader global collaboration and provides a broader platform for participants to contribute to the fields of Earth and space science and technology through Space Apps.
Space Apps is managed by NASA’s Earth Science Division within the agency’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. It is organized in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mindgrub, SecondMuse, and NASA’s Open Innovation Applied Sciences program. Learn more about Space Apps and how to get involved on their website.
For more information about Space Apps and to register for an in-person or online event at October 1-2, 2022visit: