Space Apps Challenge Bring in More Than 425 Canadian Participants
NASA International Space Apps Hackathon 2018 was held October 19-21 at Carleton University's Technology Innovation Management Program. It was an intense 48-hour global weekend hackathon for developers, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, astronomers and enthusiasts. Along with 212 cities around the world, Ottawa teams formed and built products and prototypes against NASA- and CSA-designed challenges that leverage spacecraft, celestial & science data.
Do YOU know when the next rocket launch is? - Built a user friendly mobile phone app to access and display upcoming and historic rocket launches.
Don't Forget the Can Opener! - Developed a visually appealing and informative website that helps Canadians prepare for, and gain life-saving information about tornados.
Challenge 4: Be a Bio-Spy. Built a web application that displays bio-metric reports of vital bio-signs, assisted by big data analysis and machine learning.
Justin Forrest Ritchie
Developed by NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, 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.
Click below to get an idea of what to expect.
|6:00 pm||Registration opens|
|7:00 pm||Kick-off and Opening Remarks|
|7:15 to 10:00 pm||Team formation/review challenges|
|All day||Hacking and building!|
|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.|
Ryan is President and CEO of Satellite Canada Innovation Network, a not-for-profit corporation focused on enhancing the competitiveness of Canada’s space industry. A professional engineer with over 12 years’ experience, Ryan provides consulting services with QShift Inc.
Ryan is an Advisory Board Member for SEDS Canada, Co-Lead of Space Apps Ottawa, and father of four budding engineers.
I am the Founder and CEO of Deploy Solutions, a Canadian software company specializing in reducing software project failure rates.
I am a software technologist, speaker, instructor, and blogger with twenty years of professional consulting experience in a wide variety of industries.
I also like to blog about space exploration, scuba diving, and travel.
I'm the CEO and founder of ISRU Tech Inc. which builds technology to reduce the cost of space exploration and development through the use of resources found in space. I began my career in Mission Control on the Space Station program in 1996. In 2015 I won NASA's "Space Pioneering - Achieving Earth Independence" competition with the design of a Martian habitat made from reinforced ice.
It's completely free to participate. We're working with sponsors to make the event free of charge.
Absolutely! If you're interested in helping out at the event, email us here.
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.
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.
You can view our past winners, and their prototypes, here.
Try to arrive at 6:00pm to register early, and so you have a chance to start networking with other attendees.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. You’ll need to bring any components and supplies you’ll need to build your prototype.
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.
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.
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.
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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