NASA Takes Space Apps 2015 Challenge to New York for Main Event

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(Written by George McGinn & NASA Press Releases) – NASA is gearing up for its fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge, April 10-12. The event unfolds at more than 135 locations worldwide, including this year’s Global Mainstage event in New York featuring NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, agency Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, and Deborah Diaz, NASA’s chief technology officer for IT. 

Media are invited to attend the Space Apps 2015 Mainstage three-day event in New York, which will include a Women in Data Bootcamp on April 10 and a 48-hour codeathon on April 11 and 12. Media who wish to attend the New York event can contact Eldora Valentine no later than 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at or 202-358-3968.

More than 200 data sets, services and tools will be available for the Space Apps challenge. This event brings together tech-savvy citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, and students to help solve problems and questions relevant to space exploration and broader subjects that impact life on Earth.

This year, 35 challenges represent NASA mission priorities in four areas: Earth studies, space exploration, human health research and robotics.

Space Apps 2015 will be streamed online for virtual participants. Throughout the event, questions will be taken on Twitter using the hashtag #spaceapps. 

Space Apps 2015: NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman from Open Innovation Program at NASA on Vimeo.

Space Apps 2015: NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan from Open Innovation Program at NASA on Vimeo.

Last year’s Apps Challenge attracted 8,205 participants in 97 locations, and 671 projects were worked on. Click on 2014 Space Apps Challenge Winners & Finalists page.

About the Space Apps Challenge

The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. 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. This year we have over 25 challenges in four areas: Earth, Outer Space, Humans and Robotics. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of government collaborators and over 100 local organizing teams across the globe.


The exploration of space is, by necessity, a unified international effort – and diversity of experience and perspective inevitably produces a better product. We are very intentional to make the Space Apps Challenge valuable to and accessible to the international community, and the experience continues to teach us numerous lessons about how to make it more truly international.


The Challenge exemplifies the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration by utilizing openly available data, supplied through NASA missions and technology, and the talent and skill of passionate volunteers from around the planet to advance space exploration and improve the quality of life on Earth.


The idea of a Challenge is so compelling because it acknowledges the fact that the world is facing serious challenges – and that we all have to work together to approach them. While there local hosts may offer prizes and the global award includes an opportunity to attend a NASA launch, the main challenge we focus on is enabling 48 hours of highly engaged collaboration- and discovering what we can create when that happens.

For more information about the event visit:


Karen Northon
Headquarters, Washington