Challenges have been grouped into categories with a brief description to give you an idea of what to expect. CSA challenges are grouped together - all other categories are for NASA challenges.
Use data from the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) to enhance Canada's contribution to the international effort to discover, catalogue and track near-Earth asteroids. Your challenge
The goal of this challenge is to maximize NEOSSat's output to the space astronomy community by creating new tools to support image planning and processing. These tools could enhance Canada's contribution to asteroid science and play an important role in planetary defence. Interested in other targets? Turn NEOSSat's eye towards comets, moons of other planets, stars with exoplanet candidates, supernovas, galaxies, or black holes. The exact scientific targets you want to prioritize are up to you.
Help further scientific study on one of nature's most interesting and beautiful phenomena: auroras, also known as the northern lights. Use Canadian data to identify the northern lights with greater precision and come up with a solution to improve aurora forecasts.
The goal of this challenge is to find a way to improve forecasting of auroras. The first step is to analyze THEMIS videos/images and identify the northern lights with greater precision, despite the videos/images being compromised at times by poor viewing conditions and interference. The next step is to more accurately correlate the auroras with their corresponding magnetic field data.
Use data from Canada's SCISAT satellite and OSIRIS instrument to communicate information about the atmosphere and climate to the general public and those interested in climate change.
The goal of this challenge is to develop graphical representations of SCISAT data, OSIRIS data, or both. These representations can be used to communicate information about the atmosphere and climate to the general public and those interested in climate change.
Autonomous monitoring of astronauts is essential for future long-duration space flight to inform medical decisions, to help astronauts maintain their health and well-being, and to shed light on the effect of deep-space missions on human physiology.
A new shirt worn by astronauts, called the Bio-Monitor, will provide various measurements including cardiovascular and respiratory activity. Be the first to use the physiological data from the Bio-Monitor in order to produce an algorithm that can identify the monitored activities. Think of how you would use your own Bio-Monitor data to improve your life!
Toronto is a surprisingly fast-growing city with a very vast territory. To facilitate urban life, many services need to be provided such as public transportation and recreational facilities such as parks.
The goal of this challenge is to use the RADARSAT-1 images provided to illustrate the evolution of Toronto since 1995, identify urban growth and its impact on residents, and propose urban planning solutions.
A collaborative challenge between Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Canadian Space Agency. Coastal recession is one of today's biggest environmental issues. Use data to raise awareness of this issue or design solutions to ensure that northern coasts are not submerged.
The goal of this challenge is to help create tools and find solutions to the issues brought forth by climate change using the satellite imagery provided by the CSA and field work photos provided by NRCan. With rising temperatures, permafrost in the North is melting. This causes significant coastal recession. Canada's Earth observation satellites have been monitoring our coasts for over 20 years and partner scientists, including many at Natural Resources Canada, have been hard at work studying coastal changes in the North, in places like Tuktoyaktuk. To find solutions, analyze the field work photos provided by NRCan and compare archived data from RADARSAT-1 with current data from RADARSAT-2.
Design an autonomous free-flyer to inspect a spacecraft for damage from Micro-Meteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD).
Develop a sensor to be used by humans on Mars.
Create a tool to track international rocket launch information.
Pose your own challenge, and create a solution of your own choosing!
Use NASA Earth imagery data to create 1) an art piece, or 2) a tool that allows the imagery to be manipulated to create unique pieces of art.
Create and deploy web apps that will enable anyone to explore Earth from orbit! Visualize Earth science satellites and mission data using interactive virtual globes, such as NASA’s Web WorldWind. Use data sets from NASA’s Open Data Portal to present fire, ice, clouds, meteorites, or water temperature spectra.
Create a short documentary to capture the essence of NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge.
Create an easy-to-use way for people to develop their own, custom checklists – both items and plans – for specific kinds of disasters. Use NASA images, videos, or data visualizations to illustrate each disaster type, to help people understand how to prepare.
Build a crowdsourcing tool for citizens to contribute to early detection, verification, tracking, visualization, and notification of wildfires.
Tell the world about the asteroid named Bennu.
Analyze and/or display data to communicate interesting findings or improve public understanding of our home planet.
Characterize land cover/land use at informal settlements of displaced populations using NASA satellite datasets.
Integrate NASA Earth science data and citizen science data to learn more about the connections between human, animal, and environmental health.
Design a quest-like game to teach others about polar environments and how they are changing. Use NASA data to help adventurers plan their quest and present them with challenges along the way.
Design an app that lets a user pick a location and learn about the parts of Earth's cryosphere that impact that location.
Design a data analysis and/or visualization tool to show the spatial and temporal changes in Arctic and Antarctic ice to a general audience.
Create a game using images from the Hubble Space Telescope as integral components!
Develop a concept for a time capsule with content to educate an extraterrestrial civilization about human culture and our solar system.
Use NASA Data to Plan a Rover Mission on the Moon!
Generate Virtual Reality environments for the surface of the Moon and Mars! Obtain 3D models from NASA resources, such as Moon Trek and Mars Trek. Integrate 3D models of surface exploration systems and habitats. Develop and deploy the virtual world at a hosting service.