Toronto, prepare for lift-off!

On the weekend of April 28th - 30th 2017, developers, makers, engineers and entrepreneurs will take on NASA-designed challenges, creating solutions that range from silly to serious, fantastical to feasible. Build a team, pick a challenge, and leverage your access to an extraordinary roster of mentors featuring past and present astronauts, aerospace engineers, and designers.

In this weekend-long hackathon, participants will create solutions with software and hardware to some of NASA's toughest challenges. Sign up for the newsletter if you'd like to be notified of next year's event.


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 15409 hackers participated from 161 cities in 61 countries, creating over 1300 projects! 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.

“Toronto is a city full of creative people actively contributing to science, technology, and innovations around the world. I’m proud to see a Toronto team recognized by NASA and representing Toronto-made innovation on the global stage.”
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
"When I took over Space Apps in 2014, I came to Toronto to learn from the best. After conversations with the organizing team and volunteers, and witnessing how the event was run, I came back to NASA full of ideas on how to enhance and grow the experience in the coming years. Space Apps Toronto is one of the premier events on the planet."
Beth Beck, NASA HQ Office of Chief Information Officer: Open Innovation Manager, Acting Deputy Associate CIO, Acting Info Mgmt Prog Exec
See 2016 Hackathon Winners


  • 6:00 PM
    Registration opens
  • 7:00 PM
    Welcoming remarks
  • 8:00 PM
    Team formation
  • 9:00 PM
    Teams register with NASA and start hacking (open all night to those who wish to stay)
  • All Day!
    Hacking! We'll be keeping doors open throughout the weekend without closing so you can really make the most out of all available time.
  • 2:00 PM
    Presentations Begin
  • 3:00 PM
    Judging Begins
  • 6:00 PM
    Awards & wrap-up ceremony
  • 8:00 PM
    Doors close


Host Sponsors


Community supporters

Canadian Space Society Hive Toronto SEDS Canada


James Costa

Oksana Salamaszek

Kevin James Hunt


How can I become a mentor?

Easy! Contact James at

How can I become a sponsor?

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

Will the event be catered?

We'll be providing pizza for the opening night (Friday), but otherwise no other food will be provided at this time. We will have coffee and water available for everyone, but there are a lot of great food options within walking distance otherwise!

Will there be a pre-event party?

In previous years we've held a "Beer and Post-Its" event previous to the event, but we regret to inform that we won't have one this year.