Space Apps 2020 will be coming to you on October 2-4. It will be an all-virtual event.
Participant registration will open in mid-August, at which point you’ll be able to find a local virtual event near you. Or you may register for the Universal Event, open to those without a local virtual event. Please register then to receive additional information.
In the weeks prior to the hackathon, you will be invited to connect with your Local Lead and other participants in our online chat channels as well as start forming teams. You will also have access to the workshops and training that will be offered as part of our Virtual Bootcamp.
Our global community is at the heart of Space Apps. We look forward to taking this journey again with you this year, from the comfort of home.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of our global community’s health and safety, NASA and the Space Apps Global Organizing Team have made the difficult decision to make the 2020 hackathon an all-virtual event. Each local virtual event will be hosted by one of our Space Apps Local Leads — event leaders who will help connect registrants from their local communities to each other and to NASA. All participants will be invited to attend a global opening ceremony on October 2, which will be streamed on YouTube.
Based on the success of our first all-virtual hackathon — the Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge, which took place May 30-31, 2020 — we demonstrated that a virtual Space Apps event can foster the learning, innovation, and collaboration of an in-person hackathon. The 15,000+ participants who joined us from 150 countries produced outstanding projects. We have confidence that Space Apps 2020 will enjoy the same success.
As the hackathon nears, we will be sharing new resources for participants, Local Leads, Ambassadors, Subject-Matter Experts, and our broader community to ensure that you are prepared to “Take Action” from wherever you are in the world.
Space Apps winners will be featured on the Space Apps website and social media, and they will receive an invitation to present their projects to NASA personnel (and space agency partners, if applicable). If travel is deemed safe, the winners will also be invited to visit a NASA site with the Space Apps Global Organizing Team to view a spacecraft launch. Each member of each winning team and one guest each will be invited and will be responsible for covering their own costs for their personal travel, meals and incidental expenses, and accommodation expenses. Winners typically conduct fundraising activities to cover the costs of their trips.