Toronto, prepare for lift-off!

On April 11–13th, developers, makers, engineers and entrepreneurs will take on 25 NASA-designed challenges, creating solutions that range from silly to serious, and fantastical to feasible. Build a team, pick a challenge, and leverage your access to extraordinary mentors roster featuring past and present astronauts, aerospace engineers, and designers.

April 11th - 13th, 2014
Ontario Science Centre

About

Running annually since 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge brings coders, designers, entrepreneurs and makers together from across the globe to take on a series of challenges developed by NASA. Last year, more than 9,000 hackers participated in 44 countries and 83 cities, making it the largest hackathon in history. During the intense 48-hour hackathon, teams will form and produce solutions that leverage NASA's extensive spacecraft, celestial and science data. Together, we'll make space and Earth more accessible, visual and fun to explore.

The Event

In 2013, Toronto was the third largest hackathon by projects produced, with 26 submissions generated. This year, we plan to build on these successes and continue to define Toronto as one of the world's most innovative tech hubs.

The Venue

The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges the communities it serves. Located at 770 Don Mills Rd., The Ontario Science Centre is easy to get to by car and transit. Oh, and have we mentioned that the winning project will be displayed at the Ontario Science Centre?!

Challenges

This year, NASA has provided over 50 challenges! You can choose from any of them, but in order to keep our event focused, we'll be focusing on the following 18 in our discussions. Happy hacking!

More Challenges

Schedule

While the weekend will be focused on hacking out the best solutions to challenges posed by NASA, we'll be having some fun too. Here's a look at how the weekend will go, plus pre- and post-parties! (Some details to come.)

The Pre-Party: Beer & Post-Its (participants only, so register first!)

Join us for a night of socializing, team-forming and learning about the NASA challenges. We're pleased to have Maryam Nabavi, Senior Innovation Strategist at Idea Couture and visiting lecturer at the International Space University, speaking and helping facilitate the event! Pizza will be provided by our friends at Panago Pizza, and beer will be provided by BeerSnob.ca & Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.

April 4th, 6:30pm-10pm
Toronto Reference Library
RSVP
11
Friday
  • 5:00 PM
    Registration opens
  • 7:00 PM
    Welcoming remarks
  • 8:15 PM
    Team formation
  • 9:15 PM
    Teams register with NASA and start hacking
  • 2:00 AM
    Doors close
12
Saturday
  • 8:00 AM
    Doors Open
  • 2:00 AM
    Doors close
13
Sunday
  • 8:00 AM
    Doors Open
  • 2:00 PM
    Presentations Begin
  • 5:00 PM
    Judging Begins
  • 6:00 PM
    Awards & wrap-up ceremony
  • 8:00 PM
    Doors close

Sponsors

Lead Sponsor


Host Sponsors



Community supporters

Panago Pizza
BeerSnob.ca
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Cleverhost
Idea Couture
Pebble
Leap Motion
FITC
Cloud Sigma
Hailo

Judges

Maryam Nabavi

Farid Kassam

Beth Beck

Sabrina Greupner


Mentors

Satish Kanwar

Ross Gillet

Nael Shawwa

Dave Senior

Bill Hamm

Judy Mellett

David Smith

Gareth Hockely

Markus Grupp

Ari Zilnik

Yvonne Lai

Want to be a mentor? Let Emma know at emma@spaceappstoronto.com.

Organizers

James Costa

Jonathan Moneta

Emma Woolley

Matthew Potter

FAQs

What is the NASA International Space Apps Challenge?

Running annually since 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge brings coders, designers, and makers together from across the globe to take on a series of challenges developed by NASA. During the intense 48-hour hackathon, teams will form and produce solutions that leverage NASA's extensive spacecraft, celestial and science data. Together, we'll make space and Earth more accessible, visual and fun to explore.

Last year, more than 9,000 hackers participated in 44 countries and 83 cities, making it the largest hackathon in history. Toronto was the third largest by projects produced, with 26 submissions generated, behind New York City and Santiago. This year, we plan to build on these successes and continue to define Toronto as one of the world's most innovative tech hubs.

How can I get involved?

If you want to be part of the hackathon, please register ASAP! If you're interested in helping us run the event or volunteer over the weekend, please contact emma@spaceappstoronto.com.

How can I become a mentor?

Easy! Contact Emma at emma@spaceappstoronto.com.

How can I become a sponsor?

There are all kinds of ways to contribute to Space Apps Toronto. Send an email to James (james@spaceappstoronto.com) to discuss all sponsorship opportunities. You can also read more about them here.