• Welcome to the Space Apps Challenge Global MainStage – Philadelphia!

    Presented by NASA, the International Space Apps Challenge is a two-day hackathon (April 20-21, 2013) where citizens from around the world work together to solve current challenges relevant to both space exploration and social needs. In Philly, select judges, including Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, NASA Deputy CIO Deborah Diaz, and City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Mark Headd will award prizes at the end of the event, including Amazon Web Services credits, K'NEX kits, and a Leap Motion controller.

    REGISTER HERE - participation is free!

    Find more info on the Space Apps FAQ page, & more about the Philly challenges here.

    Follow us on twitter for updates.

    Kickoff Event at First Round Capital
    April 19, 2013 6 - 8 pm
    6:30 pm Welcoming Remarks featuring Leland Melvin, Derrick Pitts, and Robert Cheetham
    7:00 pm Team-building & Brainstorming
    Register for the kickoff on Ticketleap.

    Space Apps Philadelphia at the ExCITe Center at Drexel University
    April 20, 2013
    9:00 am Check-in & Breakfast
    10:00 am Welcome from NASA & Azavea
    10:30 pm Hackathon begins
    12:00 pm Lunch & Mid-day team check-in
    5:00 pm Dinner
    8:00 pm Hackathon Day #1 ends
    April 21, 2013

    9:00 am Check-in & Breakfast, Hackathon Day #2 begins
    12:00 pm Lunch
    2:00 pm Demos & Presentations
    3:00 pm Judging
    3:45 pm Awards & Closing

    Space Apps Philadelphia is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week. Special thanks to First Person Arts, the Mighty Post, and Science Leadership Academy, who will be interviewing participants for our video challenges as well as blogging and tweeting about the event.

    Want to be part of this global event and show your support? We’d love to hear from you. Contact Amelia Longo at [email protected] for information on becoming a sponsor.

    Projects Nominated for Global Judging

    ISS Base Station
    EarthKAM Explorer

    Projects Receiving Local Awards

    First Place - Philadelphia - ISS Base Station
    Second Place - Philadelphia - EarthKAM Explorer



    • Azavea
    • ExCITe Center
    • First Round Capital
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    • Amazon Web Services
    • Global Advantage
    • NASTAR Center
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    • PHLCVB
    • Univerity City Science Center
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    • Chariot Solutions
    • GitHub
    • Jarvus Innovations
    • K'nex
    • Ticketleap


    The ExCITe Center at Drexel UniversityMap it
    The ExCITe Center at Drexel University
    3401 Market Street
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    United States





  • The following projects were worked on at Space Apps Challenge Philadelphia: