Invitation for students: NASA Space Apps Challenge 2019



Since its inception in 2012, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in Space.

The Challenge takes place over 48 hours in cities around the world. Last year there were nearly 18,000 participants in 200 locations in 75 countries. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing open-source solutions to challenges on Earth and in Space.

The challenge

NASA designs a list of challenges from which participants select one and work intensively in small teams to solve. Participants use data supplied by NASA for the event. Some of the most popular challenges last year included subjects ranging from autonomous spacecraft inspection, to monitoring disasters, to exploring the beauty of the Universe.

All skill sets are valuable – coding, technology, science, design, creative and entrepreneurial because you never know what the challenges might be! This year’s challenges will be revealed soon…

The host

The University of Waikato, Tauranga has been selected as a 2019 NASA Space Apps Challenge host. We are excited to invite secondary school students from the Bay of Plenty to participate in this ‘first’ for the region. Our newly built, state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD provides the ideal location for collaboration, communication and creation. Any students in Year 11, 12 and 13 are welcome to take part.

The logistics

Date: Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October, 9.00am – late.
Teams: NASA recommends teams of up to 5 people – you can join any team and any challenge on the day.
What to bring: Energy, enthusiasm and a desire to collaborate. The University will provide lunch and supper on both days.
How to join up: Contact Future Student Adviser Kennedy Wiltshier ( or register your interest here. Places are limited and will be offered on a first in first served basis, so register by close of business Wednesday 25th September.