Craiova, Dolj


Space Apps Craiova, Dolj was held on October 19th, 20th & 21st. Thank you to the 87 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 Craiova, Dolj!

Local People's Choice Winner

The people have spoken! This is the project that captured our hearts.

Welcome to NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 in Craiova!

For the first time, Craiova will take part in the largest global hackathon in the world! Join us on October 20-21 for the 2018 International Space Apps Challenge!

You can check our local website:

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 so make sure to sign up once registration opens.

Gather a team of people with a diverse background, choose your challenge and register. Over 48 hours you 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 an audience and a jury that will be announced soon. 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!

What are we going to do this year?

This year's 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

Pre-hack event:

The pre-hack event, organised on Friday the 19th, at 18:30 - 20:30 at the Museum of National Sciences, Street Popa Șapcă 8, Craiova.

Here you will find all the details you need about the hackathon.

This year location will be held at Muzeul Olteniei.

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. Optionally you can bring a Wi-Fi dongle.

Our Sponsors

Caphyon [Main Sponsor]

Syncro Soft


Our organizing partners


Internet Oltenia

Muzeul Olteniei

Society for Computing Technologies

Our supporters:

University of Craiova

This galactic good news is being spread by our media partners and bloggers:

Digi24 Craiova

Gazeta de Sud

GTV Craiova

Radio Oltenia Craiova

Radio Sud

TVR Craiova

Craiova Forum

Cuvantul Libertatii

(*send us a link with your content and we will update this list)

Mentors team:

Alin Mechenici - Doer, Science lover, cyber security enthusiast

Cosmin Cara - Senior Architect @ CS ROMANIA, ESA Space Projects Manager

Cristi Minica - Web developer, happy around people and science

Dorel Pîslan - Software Developer, hackathoner enthusiast

Laura Surcel - Online programmer, Game Developer - Ubisoft

Mihai Tudorache - STEM enthusiast, passionate about C++ and avid gamer

Nicolae Telechi - Software Developer, hackathoner enthusiast

Philip Petrescu - Entrepreneur and NASA enthusiast

Ramona Manda - Artificial Intelligence, Geo-spatial & Remote Sensing

Serban Gligor - Software developer, hackathoner enthusiast

Victor Cleja - Java Developer, Community Manager

Judging team *:

Gabriel Barbu - Senior Software Engineer, iQuest

Marius Nicoli - Teacher at C.N. "Fratii Buzesti"

Mirel Cosulschi - Associate Professor, Computer Science / University of Craiova

Mihai Gabroveanu - Assistant Professor, Computer Science / University of Craiova

Octavian Georgescu - Teacher and Founder Astrobotic Club

Victor Ciura - Technical Lead, Caphyon

Organizing team:

  • Alin Mechenici #spaceapps organizer
  • David Mitran - digital guru (website development and social media)

Join us on October 20-21 for the first NASA Space Apps challenge in Craiova!

Also you can check what Alin Mechenici co-organized in 2016 and 2017 in Sweden and watch the experience of one of the participants.

Sign up and register now!

The exact location of the hackathon event is here and the pre-hack location is here.

Note: this event runs under the Berlin Code of Conduct.


First prize

Ground Control To Major Tom

Second prize


Third prize

Dark Matter

Local Peoples Choice Winner


(#SpaceAppsCraiova a real succes! - Content in Romanian)

Schedule (All times Europe/Bucharest)

Friday, October 19th
  1. Pre-hack event

  2. Now that you know everything about the hackathon, prepare for tomorrow

Saturday, October 20th
  1. Registration

  2. Team Forming

  3. Opening

  4. Start Competition

  5. Officially closing the day (but you can still work)

Sunday, October 21st
  1. Start competition Day 2

  2. Lunch Break

  3. Team Pitches

  4. Deliberation

  5. Winners Announcements

Craiova, Dolj Teams


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