Who can participate in the Challenge?
Anyone can participate in the International Space Apps Challenge. It requires individuals with a broad range of skills. We are looking for engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing the world and is willing to contribute.
When does registration for participants open?
Participant registration should open 2 March 2015. You can register to attend at a physical location or virtually. Later you can form a project team from a challenge page.
Where can I register / participate virtually?
Registration for participants will open in early March. When you register you can choose a location where you can participate, or select “virtual” if there is not a physical location near you.
Is there a minimum age required for participation in Space Apps?
We do not set a minimum age for participation in Space Apps, and many youth and children have participated in past events. We only note that participants under 13 must have a parent or guardian register for them and attend with them. Many events have special events planned for younger students, but qualified, interested students are certainly invited to participate in the regular challenges (in line with the legal policy and any requirements set by the local lead.)
How will teams be put together?
You can join a team on the day of the event based on your interest in a particular challenge or a match of skills. Your local event organizers can help you to find the right team for you. You are also welcome to form your team in advance and come to the event together.
How many team members can we have?
As many (or as few) as you’d like to have. We particularly encourage you to meet and collaborate with new people who have very different skills from yours. Bringing together very diverse skills and talents is often a key to breakthrough innovation!
Do all members a team have to register on spaceappschallenge.org? Or is it enough to list the names of other team members on our project page?
All team members should register on the Space Apps site so we can be sure we have resources (at both physical locations and virtually) to support everyone who will be participating. Moreover, you will not be able to add your team members to your project page if they have not registered on spaceappschallenge.org.
Is the event limited to just software development?
Absolutely not! We need people with all types of skills to participate in the International Space Apps Challenge! Teams need project managers, designers, artists, educators, writers – anyone who can help advance the cause. You can definitely contribute! Participants in the event will collaborate to build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions that contribute to space exploration and solve global challenges that focus on improving life on earth. In fact, most teams will benefit from having non-programmers working with them.
Since the event is called Space Apps, do the solutions need to be applications?
In spite of the name, it is not just about APPS! There are challenges that involve robotics, data visualization, hardware, design, and many other elements!
Will be there an audience while groups are working at the physical locations?
There may be visitors coming to check out the action, as well as press and others who are interested in covering the activities happening at Space Apps, but no, there should not be an audience. If you do see people milling around just watching, get them involved in a project team so they can contribute to the problem-solving!
When is the time frame for virtual participation?
Great question! Virtual participation will begin on Saturday morning GMT and continue through the weekend. Virtual participants will be able to join an on-boarding session to get up to speed and get started on projects. We will publish a more detailed schedule and ways to connect as virtual participants in the next week!
Will we get certificates for participating?
Local leads Certificates may be provided by your local leads at your location. If you are interested, please contact your local lead.
Can NASA Civil Servants and Contractors Participate in the Challenge?
Anyone is welcome to register to participate in the International Space Apps Challenge. Federal employees of NASA are prohibited from volunteering their time with teams to create solutions. NASA subject matter experts require supervisor approval. See the Space Apps legal page for details. NASA employees who participate will engage in the challenge in their personal capacity (i.e. identifying themselves by their own names and without referencing their NASA employment) on a voluntary basis outside their working hours, and will not be entitled to compensation for their time. NASA contractors should refer all questions regarding their participation to the corresponding contracting officer.
Can staff of locations participate in the challenge?
Absolutely! As long as you can run your event (or have your team help run your event) if you have time to help on a project, then by all means, please do.