Frequently Asked Questions

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WHO CAN PARTICIPATE ? 

Anyone can participate in the International Space Apps Challenge. It requires individuals with a broad range of skills. We are looking for engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing the world and is willing to contribute.

HOW WILL TEAMS BE PUT TOGETHER ? 

You can join a team on the day of the event based on your interest in a particular challenge or a match of skills. You are also welcome to form your team in advance and come to the event together.

HOW MANY TEAM MEMBERS CAN WE HAVE? 

As many (or as few) as you’d like to have, however the best number of team members is between 4 and 7. Bringing together very diverse skills and talents is often a key to breakthrough innovation!

WHERE SHOULD WE REGISTER? 

All team members should register on the Space Apps site so we can be sure we have resources to support everyone who will be participating. Moreover, you will not be able to add your team members to your project page if they have not registered on spaceappschallenge.org.

IS THE EVENT LIMITED TO JUST SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT? 

Absolutely not! Participants in the event will collaborate to build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions that contribute to space exploration and solve global challenges that focus on improving life on earth. In fact, most teams will benefit from having non-programmers working with them.

DO THE SOLUTIONS NEED TO BE APPLICATIONS? 

In spite of the name, it is not just about APPS! There are challenges that involve robotics, data visualization, hardware, design, and many other elements!

CAN EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATE? Anyone is welcome to register to participate in the International Space Apps Challenge.

CAN STAFF OF LOCATIONS PARTICIPATE? Absolutely! As long as you can run your event (or have your team help run your event) if you have time to help on a project, then by all means, please do.

CAN PERSONS UNDER 18 PARTICIPATE? The event is open for everyone, but due to space and other organizational aspects every location has own rules. Please, contact the location where you would like to participate for detailed information.

WILL WE GET CERTIFICATES? Yes.

WHAT CHALLENGES WILL BE ADDRESSED AT THE EVENT? 

The challenges will be clustered around the following themes: Earth, Outer Space, Humans, Robotics. You can see the challenges at: https://2015. spaceappschallenge.org/ challenge/ starting from 11 March 2015.

CAN WE START WORKING NOW? 

You are welcome to form teams before the event and to start figuring out how you will tackle the challenges. Of course, there is no need to do anything in advance, it’s entirely up to you. The two day event gives your team a chance to work together in person and we hope you will do most of the work over the weekend so that you can work collaboratively with others. The idea is not for you to just build the best app ever. It’s to create a team who will do something better than any of us can do individually.

CAN SOMEONE FROM OTHER COUNTRY JOIN MY TEAM ? 

We are happy to see collaboration of teams across countries! Any crosslocation team will need to choose which event they would like to be judged at–they must submit their project for judging at a site where at least one person is in physical attendance to present the project.

HOW DO I PUT MY PROJECT UP ONLINE ? 

The Project pages will be opened just a few days before the event weekend and specific instructions will be shared at that point.

WHAT ABOUT LICENSING AND IP RIGHTS ? 

All solutions built at the event must be submitted under an open source license. NASA and the other supporting organizations do not own the rights to nor are committed to utilize any solution developed during the event. See the legal statement for more details at https:// 2015. spaceappschallenge.org/about/legal

IS THERE A SPECIFIC PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE TEAMS SHOULD USE TO DEVELOP CHALLENGE SOLUTIONS?

There is no specific programming language to develop solutions, it is up to each team.

HOW ARE PROJECTS/SOLUTIONS SUBMITTED?

Every team is responsible to ensure they create a solution page on spaceappschallenge.org and that the page includes a project description and links to any code or diagrams. Once local judges choose the top two projects for global judging, the two teams will have one week to create a short 1-minute video about their project to add to the solution page. NASA judges will look at all of the solution pages for the nominated projects and will use the information to determine global winners.

DO WINNERS RECEIVE PRIZES?

Everyone is the winner! The spirit of this event is not about the competition, but to find the solutions for the challenges concerning all of us. The prize is therefore to be part of it and co-create the future. Perspective ideas and pioneers with disrupting solutions can find an environment and contacts to make them grow. Every location follows own guidelines about prizes for local winners. Global winners will be invited to join an incredible adventure and attend a NASA launch event with guided access to backstage and staff (travel and accommodation not provided).

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