Status Report

International Space Apps Challenge

By SpaceRef Editor
April 4, 2013
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International Space Apps Challenge

The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in 80 cities around the world (in 42 countries) on the weekend of April 20-21, 2013. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with more then 150 partner organizations.

* Events will be held in 80 cities throughout 42 countries on all seven continents. Complete list here:

* 3,000 people have registered to participate as of today. We anticipate about 5,000 registrants overall.

* 50 challenges have been posted online at There is quite a bit of conversation around these challenges online.

* Nathan Bergey created a beautiful visualization of 1,129,177 Astronaut photos taken from the International Space Station, which serves as an example of what can be done at #spaceapps:

* Over 150 partners are supporting the 80 events. All partners listed here: Partners of note include:

1. Space Agencies: ESA, JAXA, CNES, JAXA, and UKSA

2. Government Agencies: US Department of State, National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Department of Energy (DOE), General Services Administration (GSA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), UK Met Office

3. Other Partners: Angry Birds Space,, Sally Ride Science Center

* We are rolling out new features on the website daily: Useful Links:

– Website:

– Challenges:

– Locations:

– People:

* A few videos have been released publicly about the event.

1. A great video by ESA’s Filippo Angelucci:

– There is the summary “Space Apps Challenge in 51 seconds”

– We also have this great multi-lingual video from last year that we may refer to in the media:

SpaceRef staff editor.