Toronto, we have lift-off!

The weekend of April 28th - 30th 2017, developers, makers, engineers and entrepreneurs took on NASA-designed challenges, creating solutions that range from silly to serious, fantastical to feasible. And the first time ever, the Canadian Space Agency provided their own challenges for Canadian teams!

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

Congratulations to this year's winners!

SpaceApps Toronto 2017 NASA Global Nominations

Nomination #1
Pinball Blizzard

View their project here

Nomination #2
Drop the Drought

View their project here

SpaceApps Toronto 2017 People's Choice Award

SpaceApps Toronto 2017 CSA Nominations

Nomination #1

View their project here

Nomination #2
Yes I Can

View their project here

SpaceApps Toronto 2017 .Space Award


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

NASA Challenges

This year, NASA has provided over 50 challenges! Happy hacking!

NASA Challenge Website

CSA Challenges

For the first time, the Canadian Space Agency has provided 3 their own challenges! Compete against other Canadian teams using CSA data for Best Canadian Project!

CSA Challenge Website


  • 6:00 PM
    Doors open for registration
  • 7:00 PM
    Opening ceremonies, including a welcome from CSA Astronaut Jeremy Hansen
  • 8:00 PM
    Teams begin to form around challenges
  • All Day!
    We'll be keeping doors open throughout the weekend so you can make the most out of all available time. Mentors will also be available this day.
  • 9:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 6:00 PM
  • 9:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM
    Presentations Begin
  • 4:00 PM
    Judging Begins
  • 5:00 PM
    Awards & wrap-up ceremony
  • 7:00 PM
    Doors close


Host Sponsors



Community supporters

Canadian Space Agency Canadian Space Society Hive Toronto SEDS Canada Sentinel Hub Amazon Canadian Space Commerce Association

Special Guest Speaker

Jeremy R. Hansen


Marianne Mader

Laith Shukri

Chris Mud

Sunil Sharma


David Pellerin

Aaron McLeod

Bernd Weiss

Angus Ryer

Jonathan Kelly

Osama Askoura

Eric Shear

Milan Chotai

Jessica Lovelock

Want to be a mentor? Let us know at


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 will be providing some meals throughout the event, but not all. We will have coffee and water available for everyone, and there are a lot of great food options within walking distance otherwise! More information will be provided as we near the event itself!