The International Space Apps Challenge is the world biggest mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in more than 180 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 government collaborators and local organizing teams. This year the event will take place between 22 and 24 April 2016 while the challenges are from 6 areas: Aeronautics, Earth, Space Station, Journey to Mars, Solar System and Beyond, and Space Technology.


NewMan's Business Accelerator CEO Irena Chaushevska ( with HQs in Europe and Silicon Valley is local host for the Silicon Valley location of the International Space Apps Challenge ( Irena was member of the global winning team of this challenge in 2015 (​) and have also organized the event in the last 3 years on multiple locations. 


NewMan's is joining the forces with SAP ( in order to provide amazing experience and opportunity for the hackathon participants at the Silicon Valley location.

This hackaton will take place at SAP SuccessFactors location at: 1 Tower Pl #1100, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA. SAP is aligning its team of experts and mentors to help you during the hackaton. Also it will make available for participants its SAP HANA tools in order you to be able to create winning solutions.

On April 15, NewMan's and SAP are hosting a pre-event meet-up at HanaHous (456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301) from 5.30 to 8:30 pm.

SAP is also providing full 2 days catering and refreshments for all participants for April 23rd and 24th.


The exploration of space is, by necessity, a unified international effort both of the national space agencies, private corporations, startups... and diversity of experience and perspective inevitably produces a better product. The idea of the Challenge is enabling highly engaged collaboration and discovering what we can create when that happens.


The global space economy was $330 billion in 2014, with every indication that the industry will continue to grow to at least $600 billion by 2024.


REGISTER at:​ and become part of this event in the heart of the Silicon Valley and work on space challenges along with great mentors from NASA, SAP and other companies from the Bay area! Pitch your solution at the end of the event in front of judges form the relevant industries and venture capital companies and become global winner or/and win their support for your future endeavors.


Meet-up (Friday) 15 April 2016

Location: HanaHaus, 456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Time: 17:30-20:00

Opening & Data BootCamp (Friday) 22 April 2016

Location: 1 Tower Pl Unit 1100, South San Francisco, CA 94080 USA

Time: 18:00-21:30

Hackathon (Saturday & Sunday) 23-24 April 2016

Location: 1 Tower Pl Unit 1100, South San Francisco, CA 94080 USA

Time (Saturday): 8:30-22:30 

Time (Sunday): 9:00-22:30 



Anyone can participate in the International Space Apps Challenge. Best fit are people between 18 and 35 years old.

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.

You can come with a team or find a team at the pre-event meet-up or at the event itself. Teams should have between 3 and 6 members.

We invite engineers, coders, makers, artists and storytellers to connect over mission-related challenges. The growing Space Apps community represents the core of NASA's Open Innovation Initiative. Together, citizens like you have developed thousands of open-source solutions. Your big ideas are shaped using data visualizations, hardware, code, design and more!

Join us at Space Apps Silicon Valley. Here's how you can get plugged in:

  • Work on a team or individually
  • Create a solution that has the potential to impact real challenges and make big change
  • Solve challenges using real data sets from NASA and other global collaborators
  • Share your innovation story to local and global judges for the chance at an award
  • Contend for international recognition on open.NASA's Innovation Space
  • Receive feedback from real subject matter experts
  • Participate in a Space Apps Data Bootcamp pre-event
  • Create your own problem-solving open data community -- before, during, and after Space Apps



Space Apps offers local and global awards. Solutions with intriguing and innovative insights and compelling storytelling rise to the top in the judging process. Global award winners receive an invitation to NASA to attend a rocket launch, as well as bragging rights among their peers and community.

Don't forget! To be eligible for global awards, you should:

  • Include a link to code in a public repository on your project page (if applicable)
  • Submit a 30-second video about your project using effective storytelling techniques
  • Keep any code developed during the event open-source. We <3 open data!

For more info check:

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The winning team will get tickets for the SAPPHIRE conference and will have a chance to join the SAP startup.focus program.


The second team will get conference tickets to SAP TechEd and may pitch to the startup.focus program.


The winning team of the Silicon Valley Public Award will get a SAP Next-Gen swag package incl. a skateboard.


The brightest ideas across the Space Apps' universe receive global recognition. You need to be winner of one of the 3 awards at local level to become nominee for an award at the global level.

Five teams behind the global winning solutions will be eligible to attend a NASA launch event!*

Challenge owners and NASA experts will review the first 3 places from each Space Apps location to select the top 25 projects. NASA executives will choose the global winners based on information from your project page. So, don't forget to keep it updated with your project description, video, and open source code. All the global winners will be featured here as well as the open.NASA site.

*Winner(s) and one guest will be responsible for their personal travel and accommodation expenses. NASA will supply transportation to and from the launch site.


Global citizens, like you, determine this global award with your votes. NASA selects the top finalists, and people do the rest. Voting will be open for two week.
The People's Choice winner will be featured on the Space Apps website, as well as

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

REGISTER at this link latest by April 22, 2016: 

If you register before April 13, 2016 and send your photo at: you will be able to get very cool personalised SPACE ID as this one !!!

If you register before April 15, 2016 you will be able to attend the pre-event meet-up with mentors and SAP experts at HanaHaus, Palo Alto on April 15, 2016 (5:30 - 8:00 pm).​



Victor Taratukhin

Victor Taratukhin

Irena Chaushevska

Irena Chaushevska
NewMan's BA

Judging Criteria

    For winning award at the Silicon Vally location you will need to present your solution on April 23, 4:30 pm in front of the local judges in person.
    To be eligible for global awards first you need to win one of the 3 local awards, and to: Include a link to code in a public repository, Submit a 30-second video about your project, Keep any code developed during the event open-source.
    Global citizens, like you, determine this global award with your votes. NASA selects the top finalists, and people do the rest. Voting will be open for two weeks on our site.

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