Space Apps Bucharest was held on October 19th, 20th & 21st. Thank you to the 75 people who joined the International Space Apps Challenge at this location. The local results, including the work of 12 teams, can be found below!
Thanks Bucharest!

Welcome to NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 in Bucharest!

For the second year in a row, Bucharest will take part in the largest global hackathon! Join us on October 20-21 for the 2018 International Space Apps Challenge!

What is NASA Space Apps Challenge?

Space Apps is a 48 hours global hackathon, engaging thousands of problem solvers each year across the globe. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space.

You can take a look at the International Space Apps Challenge 2017 in numbers here.

Who can participate in the hackathon?

Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, students, engineers, entrepreneurs, artists, and problem solvers of all types, everyone enthusiastic about space, this event is for you!

The event is free and open to the public. Participation is limited to a number of 70 participants.

Gather a team of people with a diverse background, choose your challenge and register. Over 24 hours you will work together to develop an innovative solution to your challenge (be it a website, a mobile app, a concept or a hardware prototype). Your team will present the solution to a jury of experts. The best solutions will then compete on a global level!

Here are some of the reasons why you should participate. Come join in this collaborative, problem-solving, open innovation competition!

If you have any questions you can contact us at this email address.

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Join us on October 20-21 for the second NASA Space Apps challenge in Bucharest!

How are we going to challenge you this year?

2018 theme is Earth and Space. The six challenge categories are:

  • Can You Build A...
  • Help Others Discover The Earth
  • Volcanoes, Icebergs, And Asteroids (Oh My)
  • What The World Needs Now Is
  • An Icy Glare
  • A Universe Of Beauty And Wonder

The detailed categories for each of them are here, so make your choice from the generous topics offer.

Location details:

The event is brought to you at national level by Digital Transformers and hosted by Commons Unirii with the local support of Difine PR.

Please bring your laptop and charger, mouse and mouse-pad, notebook, pen and pencils, comfortable clothes, headphones and music, glasses and medication if necessary, whatever else you might need to complete your project including installed software.

Our partners and supporters:

National partners

Discovery Channel


Cooperativa FRUFRU

Coaching Partners

Local supporters


We are also very thankful for the support of:

Revista Știință și Tehnică

Romanian Space Agency ROSA

Jury members

Ulpia BOTEZATU - research engineer at the Romanian Space Agency since 2012. Since 2007 she has been active in research and education as a university assistant and research assistant both in Romania and in the United States of America, Germany and the United Kingdom. Her main positions were related to critical infrastructure security at urban, national and European level. She worked as a secretary of the United Nations in New York, and in 2016 she graduated from the National Defense College, the National Intelligence Academy, as well as the courses of the European Security Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Currently, she is a ROSA researcher and assistant of the project manager of SCIPRO - Space Critical Infrastructure at ROSA, a POC project that aims to develop research capabilities in the sphere of critical spatial infrastructure protection. She is a representative of Romania in the NATO-SCI Working Group, which aims at developing the concept of resilience in NATO operations, as well as responsible at the International Astronautics Academy in Working Group 5.13 - Space as Critical Infrastructure.

Cristian ROMAN is senior editor of the Stiinta & Tehnica magazine, where he started in 1992. He is a graduate of the Aerospace Engineering faculty. Between 2008 and 2012 he produced programs targeting the science fans at TVRM. In 2003, respectively 2006 he received the UNESCO Romania CNR Prize for Science Journalism, at the written press section. He published the book The Universe - the last adventure.

Lucian UNGUREANU - Microsoft Romania

Simion URSACHE - UiPath

Silviu MATEI - IBM Romania

Daniela BUSCAN - Academy Plus

Schedule (All times Europe/Bucharest)

Saturday, October 20th
  1. Registration

  2. Welcome Speech - Guest : Scott Reese, Cultural Affairs Officer and U.S. Embassy in Romania

  3. The latest trends in technology - Guest: IBM Official

  4. Competition highlights

  5. Team building with Coaching Partners

  6. Start Competition

  7. Lunch break

  8. A short story of the near future - Guest : Adrian Mihaltianu Author of “Terra XXI” book series

  9. Our Minds and other minds - Guest : Nansi Lungu Consumers; Behavior Coordinator@Bitdefender and

    lecturer at Titu Maiorescu University

  10. Space, the last frontier - Guest : Dumitru Prunariu - The first and only Romanian astronaut who has been

    to Space

  11. Dinner

  12. Hackathon goes on overnight

  13. Pizza Hack!

Sunday, October 21st
  1. Breakfast

  2. Last mile - Hacking

  3. Lunch Break

  4. Team Pitches & Jury deliberation

  5. Awarding ceremony

Bucharest Teams


SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.