9,147 New Explorers

On April 20-21, over 9,000 people around the world participated in the known galaxy's largest mass collaboration ever - the International Space Apps Challenge. Now it's time to recognize the incredible work they have created. We're incredibly excited to announce the winners of our Global Judging round.

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Best in Class

Best Mission Concept

Popeye on Mars

Our solution is a deployable, reusable spinach greenhouse for Mars. Internally, a fully equipped aeroponic system operates for ~45 days, having all the needed resources, sensors and electronic systems to stabilize the internal environment and help the spinach growth. Also, there are systems for harvesting produced oxygen during the process and the plants at the end of it. Externally, photovoltai... read more

Galactic Impact

NASA Greener Cities Project

The Greener City project crowd-sources the collection of microclimate data through low-cost sensors, network connectivity, and urban gardens. By giving people access to useful information about their garden, we can aggregate many points of atmospheric measurement across a city and display this data in near real-time. The aggregated information can be used by city officials to monitor air quality o... read more

Most Inspiring

T-10

Astro Don Pettit said “the greatest limiting factor to ISS science is crewtime”. Team Flipside's T-10 app saves astronauts' time while also connecting Earth and Space. The idea is simple. Using ISS location and real-time weather data we alert astronauts when conditions are good to photograph selected locations. Astronauts can indicate they will look out of the window and users of the Earth ... read more

Best Use of Hardware

ISS Base Station

This project consists of two components: hardware and software. The hardware is an Arduino-based mechanical arm that points to the location of the ISS in the sky when it comes overhead. The software is an iOS app which places an icon over a map to mark the ISS's current location, and an augmented reality feature which allows the user to see a marker through their camera showing where the station i... read more

Best Use of Data

Sol

Sol is the world's first interplanetary weather app. This mobile and tablet application integrates weather data from the Curiosity rover on Mars with weather data from here on Earth. This multi-platform application aims to generate mass consumer appeal through a sleek, visually appealing design that incorporates information about the conditions and temperatures on Mars. read more

People's Choice

ChicksBook

You do not need to be a farmer in order to raise chickens. We have built a complete and functional web, android and iOS application which can help you learn how to raise chickens and how to manage your own backyard farm. read more

770 different solutions were created as part of the Space Apps Challenge - the above are just a sample of the outstanding work done by participants around the globe. Want to see more?

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The Story

The International Space Apps Challenge is an unprecedented international collaboration between government agencies, organizations, academic institutions, and citizens from around the world. On April 20-21, 2013, over 9,000 citizens participated and created 600+ unique, open source solutions to challenges both in space and here on earth.

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Participants at Space Apps Challenge 2012

The Challenges

Participants in the Space Apps Challenge had over 50 unique challenges available for hacking, each individually curated by NASA and our partners. Challenges in 2013 included Detecting Near Earth Objects, Revisiting how NASA offers data to the public, and more effectively curating how to tell the story of space to the world.

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The People

In 2012, during the inaugural Space Apps Challenge, thousands of developers, designers, scientists, and other problem solvers from 17 countries around the world came together for a weekend of collaboration to solve some of the toughest challenges in space exploration. The Space Apps Challenge is for anyone interested in applying their unique skills and experience to helping humankind explore the final frontier - this is your chance to become a rocket scientist.

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Two Paricipants from the 2012 Challenge in Tokyo

International Collaboration

The Space Apps Challenge is a global event that pulls from the collective experience of over 100 partner organizations, including NASA, the European Space Agency, TechShop, the National Science Foundation, and others. Over 40 countries hosted events, and participants came from across the planet.

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