NASA International Space Apps Challenge Comes to Waterloo

SkyWatch is bringing the NASA International Space Apps Challenge to the Waterloo from April 22­-24. The hackathon attracts Waterloo’s tech talent, who work non­stop for 48 hours to address NASA-­designed challenges.

Waterloo joins over 170 other cities hosting their own Space Apps Challenges that weekend, for an estimated total of 15,000 global participants. Last year, more than 14,000 hackers participated in 138 cities.

Two winning solutions from the Waterloo challenge will move on to compete with other winners from across the globe, to be judged by the NASA International Space Apps Challenge team.

Unique to Waterloo participants, this year’s event will include the unveiling of Canada’s first ever accelerator focused on space startups. SkyWatch, alongside the Canadian Space Commerce Association will reveal more details at the event on April 24th.

“NASA’s Space Apps Challenge is the most unique hackathon on Earth,” says Space Apps Organizer and SkyWatch CEO James Slifierz. “The event allows a range of skilled participants the opportunity to build something amazing that can be used in the real world, or space, using NASA tools and data. To add to the excitement, for the first time ever in Canada, participants could receive support for their ideas outside of the hackathon and possibly launch their own space startup.”

Participants will choose from six categories: Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Technology, Earth, and Journey to Mars.