The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaborative hackathon 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. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators and 100+ local partner organizations.

In addition to hosting our local teams, Boston will also host several special teams. These international teams comprise of members from both the Boston and Tokyo ISAC, and satellite locations at U-Tokyo and will collaborate across continents.


During the hackathon, we bring together select participants to form teams comprising of people from Japan and Boston. These international teams are exciting collaboration opportunities to allow participants to develop multi-cultural perspective since team-members work collaboratively across the ocean.

Each international team consists of about 5-8 participants from Japan and Boston (i.e. 3 from Japan, 3 from Boston) with diverse technical and professional backgrounds. The participants from Japan will join you via communication tools such as Google Hangout and Skype.If you are interested in innovation and cross-cultural collaboration, this truly one of a kind experience is for you.


April 8 (Sat)
Event: Info Session
Venue: Brooklyn Boulders Somerville

Registration is open now!

April 15 (Sat)
Event: Ideathon
Venue: Cambridge Innovation Center

For international team members. Click here to learn more about international team.

April 29(Sat)-30(Sun)
Event: Hackathon!!
Venue: Cambridge Innovation Center

More detail to be announced soon. Click here to see last year’s time schedule

18 years or older. If you’re under 18, please get permission from a responsible adult. You must register to participate.
2017 theme has not been released yet. Regarding 2016, Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Technology, Earth, and Journey to Mars. Refer here for more details.
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2017 Challenges are not announced yet. In 2016, NASA issued challenges across 6 different topics; journey to mars, earth, technology, solar system, space station, and aeronautics.
A team of experts from tech and science will take into account creativity, ease of use, level of complexity, use of available space data, and team dynamics.
Web, desktop, mobile, and hardware projects are all welcome.
It’s free!!
Of course, caffeine is also provided!
Teams should be at most 5. Yes – you can solo, or come and make friends!
Join the discussion in the forums and meet other also looking for team members.
You need to be an active participant on both days in order to be eligible for prizes and freebies.

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What opportunities do sponsors get?

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Space Apps Challenge is organized by all volunteers. We don’t charge fee to attendees, so event is backed by sponsors’ support.
Sponsors contribution will help us reserve a venue, provide meals for participants, and give out prizes at the end.

The event will provide opportunities for the sponsors to advertise, meet talented individuals, and to facilitate technological innovations in the Boston community.

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Binnovative is a non-profit organization which strives to provide opportunities to communities in Japan and Boston to foster their entrepreneurial mindset as well as multicultural perspectives. Binnovative organizes and leads the Boston venue of the ISAC for the fourth time this year.