Heads Up Ottawa

NASA International Space Apps Hackathon 2019 will be held October 18-20 at Carleton University's Technology Innovation Management Program. It will be an intense 48-hour global weekend hackathon for developers, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, astronomers and enthusiasts. Along with 212 cities around the world, Ottawa teams will form and build products and prototypes against NASA- and CSA-designed challenges that leverage spacecraft, celestial & science data.

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The Challenges

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

Challenges will only be posted shortly before the event.


The Schedule

October 18Friday

6:00 pm Registration opens
7:00 pm Kick-off and Opening Remarks
7:15 to 10:00 pm Team formation/review challenges

October 19Saturday

All day Hacking and building!

October 20Sunday

12:00 to 3:00 pm Presentation Prep
3:00 to 5:00 pm Presentations and judging
5:00 to 6:00 pm Final awards and wrap-up
6:00 pm Doors close, event finished.

Thanks to our sponsors

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

Event organizers

Ryan Anderson
Nicholas Kellett
Cory Mckinnon
Arthur Ruff
Ozge Tuzumet Yucel

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. At the start of the event, all registrants will receive login information to an online collaboration place, where prospective team members can share information together.

  • 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?

    You can view our past winners, and their prototypes, here.

  • 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?

    The event is being hosted at Carleton University's Technology Innovation Management Program poffices located at 311 St. Patrick's Building 1125 Colonel By Drive, Carleton University. Directions are here.

  • Is there free parking?

    Parking is available on Carleton campus. Although it is not free, there is a reduced weekend cost. We will announce further parking information as soon as possible.

  • 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?

    Yes. You’ll need to bring any components and supplies you’ll need to build your prototype.

  • Anything else I should bring?

    Bring your own thermos or beverage container. You may want to 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. The event is within easy walking distance of many great food options on and near Carleton University. Here are some great options right on the campus.

  • Twitter?

    If you tweet about this event, please use the #SpaceApps and #SpaceAppsOttawa hashtags 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 (https://twitter.com/SpaceAppsOttawa) 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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