What is NASA's International Space Apps Challenge?

Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about curiosity come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space!

Now, we invite you to be a part of this exciting, collaborative scientific exploration, as we pair NASA’s data with problem solvers across the globe. Join us on October 19-21 for the 2018 International Space Apps Challenge, with challenges to better understand Earth and Space!

Last year’s hackathon was our largest yet, with 187 events and more than 25,000 people participating across six continents. We’re excited to continue the tradition of inviting students and professionals, beginners and veterans from all corners of the globe to join in.

We want you to participate in a Space Apps 2018 event in YOUR community, or apply to host a Space Apps 2018 event of your own.

Participant registration will be announced on spaceappschallenge.org and social media in mid-September. Stay tuned for more information on Space Apps 2018 locations to find an event near you and sign up. If you are interested in hosting a Space Apps event in your community, apply here to host a Space Apps event by August 31, 2018.

The Space Apps Global Organizing Team: Who Are We?

Meet the faces behind the Space Apps 2018 initiative!

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Patricia is Senior Advisor in NASA’s Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters. With degrees in geology, Earth and planetary sciences, she builds teams that tackle challenges in the US and around the world. An award-winning writer, science communicator and teacher, she is always interested in sharing NASA science and exploration with anyone and everyone, anywhere and at any time. She leads Space Apps for NASA.


Sarah is an Earth science program and policy analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton and the NASA Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters. As an ecologist with a background in environmental health science, international relations, and communications, she is always on the lookout for experiences that complement personal interests in health disparities, environmental and infectious disease, and international development.


Matt manages storytelling and engagement at SecondMuse. He produces creative promotional efforts, whether blogs, video interviews, live streams, or social media content, for the purpose of global social and environmental impact, in addition to finding new ways to connect with the community. He first became part of the in Space Apps Global Organizing team in 2016 and has also been involved in the team behind the NASA Datanauts initiative. Matt is the Space Apps 2018 Community Manager.


Blake works on global innovation programs at SecondMuse and has been part of the Space Apps team since 2015. Blake believes in the power and necessity of collaboration between diverse actors to drive innovation and meaningfully address complex global challenges. He is inspired by the Space Apps community and everyone who hacks to pull off Space Apps.


Chad is a partner at SecondMuse, where he is responsible for strategic programs, marketing, and learning services. As a business professional with 25 years of experience in strategic problem solving, systems design, and learning, Chad strongly believes collaboration is fundamental in addressing complex problems and creating global prosperity. His work at SecondMuse includes strategy and systems, and conceiving, incubating, and scaling innovation initiatives in partnership with public and private sector organizations. He has worked across sectors including corporate strategy, big data, blockchain, entrepreneurship and sustainability.


Neisan is the Director of Data and Strategic Programs at SecondMuse. He has 10 years of experience implementing data innovation programs with leading development and technology organizations such as Intel, NASA, NYCEDC, UNEP and the World Bank Group. His areas of expertise include big data, corporate strategy, civic tech, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Neisan is passionate about addressing complex development challenges through collaboration, human-centered design, and technology.

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Jewell is a consultant for the NASA Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters. With a background in Environmental Science and GIS, her primary interests are environmental GIS/modeling, climate science, and water resources. However, she is always eager to learn about new developments in science and technology. Jewell is also an advocate for minimizing the absence of women of color in STEM fields. Within her firm, she serves on the African American Forum, Geospatial and Mapping Community of Practice, and Water Community of Practice.

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Ajay is a Data Scientist with Booz Allen Hamilton. At the NASA Langley Research Center, he works with Python and R to develop algorithms and client solutions. With a background in Astronomy & Physics, he has conducted research in the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. As part of the Space Apps Global Organizing team out of NASA Headquarters, Ajay is bringing his experience with collegiate hackathons to developing challenges and supporting the framework of NASA Space Apps.

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