Jun 06, 2021

NASA: Help Host the International Space Apps Challenge 2021

  • Emily Tan Yi Lyn
  • Remote (Worldwide)
Competition Skill Building



Space Apps introduces problem-solvers worldwide to NASA’s free and open data. NASA's missions to Earth, our Sun and solar system, and out into the universe all entail gathering data in the pursuit of new knowledge that expands our understanding through new scientific discoveries and help us improve life on Earth. By using NASA data to solve each year’s challenges, Space Apps teams learn about NASA’s data, and share in the creation and application of the knowledge that results.

Space Apps also inspires collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking that fosters interest in Earth and space science and exploration. Our mission is to leverage this interest to encourage the growth and diversity of the next generation of scientists, technologists, designers, storytellers, and engineers.

Space Apps is managed by the Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. It is organized in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mindgrub, SecondMuse, and the NASA Open Innovation Applied Sciences Program.

What is the role of a Space Apps Local Lead? They organize the virtual event for a specific city or town, working to increase awareness and engagement of the 2021 Space Apps Challenge. Whether you are a repeat or first-time Lead, please fill out the full application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


  • The opportunity to work alongside NASA and the Space Apps Global Organizing Team to develop the world’s largest global hackathon, with participants and volunteers in 150+ countries
  • The opportunity to champion Space Apps in your local community, recruiting local coders, scientists, students, artists, storytellers, designers, engineers and data experts who may participate over Space Apps weekend
  • The opportunity to immerse yourself and serve as a thought leader in your city’s space, tech, innovation, and creative communities
  • The opportunity to support standout participants in their hackathon journey from Global Nominee to Global Finalist or Global Winner, with Global Winners being recognized by NASA and receiving an invitation to a NASA center or Virtual Celebration

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Application Deadline

June 15 and July 15

Age Range


Minimum Technical Skill Needed

Before applying, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Can I invest the time necessary to run this event?

2. Can I source partnerships and volunteers to help make the event possible as needed

3. What other important logistical elements should I consider to make this virtual event a success?

4. How can I increase the number of qualified participants for the event?

Application Process Includes

  • Apply by June 15 to receive notice by June 30
  • Apply by July 15 to receive notice by July 30

While applications will be approved on the notification dates listed, the overall application deadline is July 15, 2021. Please do not wait until the deadline and do not delay your application, or another qualified applicant may be approved in your location. Typically, only one local event is approved per city.

(Please note, this application is for event organizers only. If you want to sign up to participate in a local Space Apps event, stay tuned. Participant registration will open mid-July.)