FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Before the Event

During the Event

After the Event

Ottawa is one of over 200 cities participating in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge globally.

We also have lots of support from the Canadian Space Agency and other government departments and companies. So we like to think of this event as the NASA International Space Apps Challenge with a Canadian flavour!

The answer is yes!

Teams are free to create whatever solutions they want to the challenge they pick. Some solutions are technical and some aren't.

We are certain you will contribute to any team with your ideas, enthusiasm and skills. We welcome people with all kinds of experience and knowledge. This is a great (and fun) place to learn teamwork, problem solving, learn and practice new skills, and learn more about the space industry.

It's completely free to participate. Our generous sponsors help us cover the costs and ensure the event remains free of charge.

This year's event is entirely virtual. You will not be able to participate without access to a computer and internet connectivity.

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

Unfortunately you will only be able to attend if you've registered.

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. We recommend a team is at least 3 people, ideally 4-6. If there is a lot of demand for a particular challenge you can all work together but form sub-teams.

Networking is important here. To put a great team together, you’ll have to chat with people. Everybody has something they can offer. Before the event, we will be inviting you to a Canada-wide Discord channel which has a subchannel for our Ottawa event. You can find team members or join an existing team using that.

We have mentors and volunteers onsite all weekend - they can provide as much or as little help as you need.

We have additional assistance from the Canadian Space Agency who can provide expert help on their challenges and data.

We also have a Discord server that allows us to communicate with our fellow Canadian cities.

And last but definitely not least - we encourage teams to help each other out over the weekend - so if you get stuck there is somebody to help you get "unstuck"!

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

Yes! If you tweet about this event, please consider using the #SpaceApps and #Ottawa hashtags. Please follow the official Space Apps Ottawa feed (https://twitter.com/SpaceAppsOttawa) to stay up-to-date on the event.

We have two kinds of challenge: NASA and CSA challenges. On Sunday afternoon our local judges will review all team solutions and pick a shortlist for consideration by NASA or CSA. Those organizations will then review the finalists from each city and determine the overall winners. Details will be explained during the event.

While it's fun to be nominated and have a chance to win prizes, we can say from experience that the real goal of the weekend is to have fun, work together, get creative, and solve actual space problems!

Yes! If you tweet about this event, please consider using the #SpaceApps and #Ottawa hashtags. Please follow the official Space Apps Ottawa feed (https://twitter.com/SpaceAppsOttawa) to stay up-to-date on the event.

All attendees agree to a media release that allows us to post your images / videos for purposes of publicizing the event. In addition, the Canadian Space Agency requires a waiver for the same purposes. A short period after the event, we plan on posting information our attendees, teams, and winners. This may be available on our website as well as on our social media feeds.