A 32-hour aerospace + hardware + software + creative competition


Join us on Saturday, April 29th - Sunday, April 30th, 2017 for the 1st NASA Space Apps Challenge in Huntsville!

What's this all about? We're going to spend 32 hours coming up with innovative ideas that could change the world, all while having fun and collaborating with amazing, passionate people. 

The event will be held at Huntsville STEAM Works inside Lowe Mill. Huntsville STEAM Works is the evolution of MindGear Labs - a brand new 6,000 sq/ft hardware prototyping lab. The venue's machinery, great WiFi, and ample parking add up to an ideal location to spend a weekend making cool stuff. Just bring your brain, laptop, and passion for problem solving. 

Visit our website for more details: http://www.spaceappshsv.com



  • Friday, April 28, 6:00pm - Kickoff Party
    David Burns, Manager of the Science and Technology Office, NASA

  • Saturday, April 29, 9:00am - Keynote
    Andrew Keys, Center Chief Technologist, Marshall Space Flight Center

  • Saturday, April 29, 12:00pm - Lunch
    Monsi Roman, Centennial Challenges Program Manager, NASA

  • Saturday, April 29, 6:00pm - Dinner
    Mark Spencer, Founder of Asterisk, Digium, and Avilution

  • Sunday, April 30, 12:00pm - Lunch
    Tim Pickens, Founder of Orion Propulsion and Pickens Innovations



For participants who are interested in competing, we encourage you to start preparing your ideas now! Here's a sneak peak at the Space Apps 2017 challenge categories: 

  1. The Earth and Us
  2. Planetary Blues
  3. Warning! Danger Ahead!
  4. Our Ecological Neighborhood
  5. Ideate and Create!

We also have a number of community challenges that have been submitted. While these challenges won't get you recognized by NASA's international acknowledgement committee, they'll still make you eligible to win any of our prizes below.

  1. Magnetic Shield
  2. Augmented Reality Props for Interactive Simulation of Equipment
  3. Virtual and Augmented Reality Worlds for Earth Science Missions
  4. Mechanical tracking system for tracking a low earth orbit satellite
  5. Earth Sensing for Situational Awareness
  6. Non-pyrotechnic Separation and Deployment Mechanisms
  7. Create Website to Browse the NASA Image and Video Library Collection
  8. Create a Podcast from the NASA Image and Video Library Collection






More Info

Please visit our website at http://www.spaceappshsv.com for more info!


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Tony Lindeman

Tony Lindeman
Senior Systems Engineer, Jacobs Technology

Antonio Montoya

Antonio Montoya
Founder, Rocket Hatch, and Executive Director, Huntsville West

Rob Birchmeier

Rob Birchmeier
Identity, Credentials, and Access Management (ICAM) Lead, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Jason Pullias

Jason Pullias
Senior Mobile Application Developer, SAIC

Tim Pickens

Tim Pickens
Founder, Pickens Innovations

Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer
Founder, Digium and Founder, Avilution

Judging Criteria

  • TBD