The International Space Apps Challenge team has collected challenges from throughout NASA and our international partners to serve as an inspiration for projects that could be created. Our goal is to provide a platform for people interested in space exploration to get together to work on amazing projects together.
The space community has benefited from several open source projects, and we now ask this community to help us once again, to further the state-of-the-art of the applications we use for space exploration, and to engineer dual-purposes of these apps for our needs on Earth. All software apps developed at the Apps Challenge will be licensed as open source, so that the code can provide benefit beyond the scope of our efforts. See all Challenges
Spaceflight has the ultimate resource challenge. The further we reach into the cosmos, the less we can rely on the Earth for resources, just as a remote village must reduce, reuse, and recycle more than their city-dwelling counterpart. We created the Open Hardware category to encourage the exponentially growing #openhardware movement to get involved, and prove that an "app" can be as exciting to make in the physical world as it is on a mobile platform. See all Challenges
For this category we would love to see scientific discovery happen directly from the eyes of the interested public, because in no other field do we see so clearly the effect of open participation on scientific progress. Citizen science utilizes the interested public to contribute, often in a crowdsourced manner, to tasks which cannot be done efficiently via computers or simulation. As amazing as the computing power of today's technology is, sometimes a small human component can make all of the difference in the results. Sometimes a cleverly designed interface could allow thousands of citizen scientists to quickly perform a massive task. Join us in developing apps which use the power of people to discover, explore, and benefit society in ways never thought possible! See all Challenges
Computers are not born with the ability to turn data into meaningful visualizations. It takes skilled coders, data manipulation experts, interface designers, artists, and someone to bring it all together. It is certainly worth the effort though, because humans can only act upon data that human eyes can see, and that the human brain can understand. Join us in visualizing what we have already collected, but remains locked in the native language the machine which originated the ones and zeros, and help us 010001010100111001000111010000010100011101000101!! See all Challenges