Ottawa, prepare yourselves for liftoff

The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is an intense 48-hour global weekend hackathon for developers, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, astronomers and enthusiasts. Along with nearly 200 cities around the world, Ottawa teams will form and build products and prototypes against NASA-designed challenges that leverage spacecraft, celestial and science data.

April 28-30, 2017 Venue TBA

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The Challenges

Developed by NASA and the European Space Agency, challenges focus on real-world design challenges, and on making our planet and universe accessible, visual, and fun to explore.

We will announce the challenges as soon as possible. Check back here for updates.

The Schedule

While the weekend will be focused on hacking out the best solutions to the challenges proposed by NASA, we'll be having some fun too. We're working on some fun events for the weekend and when we have more information we'll post it here! In the meantime, the schedule below gives you an idea of what to expect. There may be some timing changes as we get closer to the date.

April 28Friday

6:00 pm Registration opens
6:30 pm Kick-off and Opening Remarks
7:00 pm Team formation/combobulation
11:00 pm Wrap Up, start working... or go get a snack!
Midnight Doors close for the night

April 29Saturday

7:00 am Doors re-open
10:00 am Building!
Midnight Doors close for the night

April 30Sunday

7:00 am Doors re-open
12:00 pm Launch and Submission Deadline
3:00 pm Presentation Prep
4:00 pm Judging
7:30 pm Final awards and wrap-up

Thanks to our sponsors

We wouldn't be able to run an event of this caliber without the help of some incredible sponsors. Helping us with everything from logistics and planning, to making connections, and sponsoring in kind to allow us to take the event to the next level, we're excited to be working alongside these amazing companies.

Thinking about joining the sponsors list? You'll find all the information you need in our sponsorship package.

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Event organizers

Ryan Anderson
Nicholas Kellett
Arthur Ruff


We will announce the mentors as soon as possible. Check back here for updates.

Questions & Answers

  • How much does the event cost?

    It's completely free to participate. We're working with sponsors to make the event free of charge.

  • Are you looking for volunteers or mentors?

    Absolutely! If you're interested in helping out at the event, email us here.

  • How do I form a team, and how big should it be?

    Start by taking a good look through the challenges and select a few that interest you. Two weeks before the event, all registrants will receive login information to an online collaboration place, where prospective team members can find each other and start strategizing. Of course, you can also just show up to the venue on Friday the 28th and form a team there too.

  • How will I know what someone else’s specialty is?

    Networking is important here. To put a great team together, you’ll have to walk around and talk to people. There will be a system at the event for identifying people with certains skills, but you’ll need to talk to people to find out exactly what they can offer.

  • What kind of prototypes did people build last year?

    While this is the first time Ottawa has hosted the Space Apps Challenge, Toronto hosts the event every year, and there was a NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2016. Check out the site to see last year's teams and prototypes!

  • What time should I get there on Friday?

    Try to arrive at 6:00pm to register early, and so you have a chance to start networking with other attendees.

  • How do I get there?


  • Do I need to bring a computer?

    Yes, make sure you bring a computer. Laptops are preferred of course but bring what you need to get the job done. Your computer will need to connect to wireless internet networks at the venue.

  • I’m doing a hardware challenge! Do I need to bring my own supplies and tools?

    Mostly. You’ll need to bring any components and supplies you’ll need to build your prototype. We’ll have tool stations set up for common use, and will list them here well before the event.

  • Anything else I should bring?

    A notebook for designing stuff! And if you have an extra extension cord and/or power strip that’s always helpful.

  • Will food be provided?

    The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is a free event, and we depend on sponsorship to provide amenities like food to participants. At the moment, the plan is to provide only snacks, but we’re working on changing that. We'll do our best to pick a venue within easy walking distance of great food options.

  • Twitter?

    If you tweet about this event, please use the #SpaceAppsOttawa hashtag so we can include you in any awesome displays, and to make it easier for others to connect with you. Please follow the official Space Apps Ottawa feed ( to stay up-to-date on the event.

  • The Ottawa Space Apps Challenge is in Ottawa. In what way is this an international event?

    Ottawa is one of nearly 200 cities participating in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge. While we definitely want to earn some bragging rights for our city, there will also be opportunities to build multi-city teams with team members working across more than one city.
    Once local winners are announced (incl. multi-city teams) on Sunday evening, NASA will select a number of best-of apps over different categories.

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