NASA International Space Apps Challenge Boston will be held on April 29th and 30th. Register now to secure your spot!


The International Space Apps Challenge (ISAC) 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.

Learn more About the International Collaboration Team with Japan!

2017 challenges

Each year the Space Apps Global Organizing team puts forth a series of challenges. Teams of participants at Space Apps locations around the world work together to devise creative and innovative solutions to these challenges.

Space Apps projects don’t have to be apps and you don’t need to be a programmer to participate. Participants will collaborate to build open-source software, hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions aimed at addressing global challenges. We invite anyone with an interest in Space Apps and its mission to join. Teams need people of diverse skillsets — project managers, designers, artists, educators, writers, and anyone who wants to make a difference and address the challenges posed. You can contribute! In fact, most teams will benefit from having non-programmers working with them.

The overarching theme of the 2017 challenges is “Earth”, underscoring the connections between major challenges, and the potential solutions to them, both on Earth and in space.

the theme for Space Apps 2017 is Earth,

1. The Earth and Us

2. Planetary Blues

Click to see challenges under this category

3. Warning! Danger Ahead!

4. Our Ecological Neighborhood

5. Ideate and Create!

April 29(Sat) 9:00AM -30(Sun) 4:00PM
Event: Hackathon!!
Venue: Cambridge Innovation Center

Spots for International Teams have been filled. Please contact us to get on wait list.
18 years or older. If you’re under 18, please get permission from a responsible adult. You must register to participate.
This year’s theme for Space Apps 2017 is Earth, and here’s a preview of the five categories of NASA SpaceApps 2017 challenges that you will solve! 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.