18 October 2018
Join us for the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge, a global hackathon in which teams work together to address challenges in Earth science and space exploration. Scientists, artists, programmers, students, makers, and anyone with a creative mindset is welcome to participate!
Two winning teams from each location will be nominated for global judging. Those teams will create a short video demo for their project, and judges from NASA will select a handful of global finalists from hundreds of submissions. The global winner will receive a trip to NASA Kennedy Space Center for a rocket launch!
For two weeks leading up to the hackathon, we will host a series of data bootcamps to introduce hackers to tools and technologies which will empower them in designing their projects. These bootcamps will be free for all and take place during week nights. We will also include talks from Earth and space scientsts to provide key insight into the science behind the challenges themselves.
During the evening of Friday, October 19th we will have our mandatory hacker orientation. Everyone participating in the hackathon will check in, grab dinner, set up all required software accounts, learn about the challenges, hear from our sponsors and mentors about the support available during the weekend, form teams, and get ready for a weekend of hacking.
On the morning of Saturday, October 20th, everyone will return to the hackathon space for breakfast and our hacakthon kickoff, and then get to hacking! Lunch and dinner will also be served.
Organizers and volunteers will be on hand to assist with any questions and help with team placement. Technology and science mentors will also be available in person and virtually to float between teams and answer any questions.
Sunday, October 21st we have breakfast and wrap up our projects. Project submission is at noon, followed by lunch. Team demos will start shortly after lunch, will be globally livestreamed, and is open for friends and family to attend (we will send out a separate form for adding people to the guest list for demos).
Around 5pm we will conclude the demos, select sponsors will present their specially branded awards, and our judges will announce the hackathon winners!