Pasadena, California
  • Pasadena, California

    Even before the famed "Rocket Boys" began their early rocket engine tests in the Arroyo Seco, Pasadena was at the epicenter of innovative and adventurous research that challenged traditional thinking and advanced human knowledge.  That approach has led to many exciting advancements with the 
    Mars Rover, DNA Sequencer, CMOS Semiconductor, and the Richter scale all being tied to Pasadena.  

    Pasadena is home to leading science, research, and design institutions and now joins the list of esteemed cities around the world that are participating in the 2015 International Space Apps Challenge.

    Is This For Me?

    Space Apps Challenge is open to more than just engineers and computer scientists! Artists, UI/UX designers, hardware enthusiasts, educators, entrepreneurs are all welcome.  Many of the best projects are created (and presented) by diverse teams who can develop well-rounded solutions.  Don't be afraid that you're not a technologist - you can still contribute and may even be the one to push your team's project over the top!

    What Are The Challenges?

    This year's challenges are in four themed categories: Outer Space, Earth, Humans, and Robotics.  Individual challenges can be found here:  Please read through them prior to the event and select the challenge that you'd like to focus on.  

    Where Is The Data?

    Be sure to visit to explore NASA data sets and familiarize yourself (and your team) with the data prior to the Space Apps Challenge event.

    Check out our Hackpad HERE for information about specific projects as well as general information about the event.  

    How/When Do I Form A Team?

    You can form your team at any time.  If possible, we recommend that you form at least the foundation of your team prior to the event.  You can then complete your team by adding 'free agents' at the event to round out your team.  

    If you do not have a team prior to the Space Apps weekend - don't worry!!!  Register and show up and we'll make sure that you find a team that can benefit from your skills and insights.

    Feel free to use our Twitter (@SpaceAppsPAS) and Facebook page to advertise your skills and look for a team.

    What Do I Need to Bring?

    Please bring whatever you think you will need to create your solution.  We will provide power and internet access but you are responsible for bringing your own laptop, soldering gun, scissors, etc.

    Provisional Agenda

    Saturday 11th April
    • 09:00 Registration opens
    • 10:00 Introduction, logistics, challenge announcements, idea pitches
    • 10:30 Start creating!
    • 12:30 Lunch
    • 18:00 Dinner
    • 19:00 Continue until midnight

    Sunday 12th April
    • 08:00 Back at it!
    • 10:00 Logistics update
    • 12:00 Submission deadline and lunch
    • 13:00 Presentations to the judges
    • 15:00 People's Choice voting
    • 15:30 Winners announced
    • 16:00 Close

    Cross Campus

    Cross Campus, l
    ocated in the heart of Old Pasadena, is not only hosting the 2015 Space Apps Challenge in Pasadena, but also provides workspace solutions for creative individuals and companies, a state-of-the-art venue for business events, and a community hub for entrepreneurs and innovators.  Check it out at 87 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena!


    Registration is open!  Click above to Register and then click Join An Event to sign up for Pasadena!

    IBM Bluemix

    Ace the Space Apps Challenge with serious services, APIs and tools. Lots of them! Tools you can add, change, toss out, re-purpose, and otherwise bend to do your bidding. IBM created Bluemix to be a single-solution environment that lets you develop, test and deploy just about anything you want to make, like those million-dollar ideas you've been hiding from the world.

    Want to build a browser-based chat app that requires little to no system resources? IBM has Node.js. Want to scale to billions of requests a day? Do it with Mongo DB. Want to track daily news or storylines? You're going to need some message queuing. 

    IBM is supporting the
     International Space App Challenge, focusing on solutions that address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space.  Take a look at the "UseBluemixForNASAISAC.pdf" document that was created specifically for the challenge that outlines links Bluemix services/APIs to the specific challenges posted by NASA. This will be a HUGE help to get you started! It outlines easy ways to implement services like Watson, Analytics, Mobile, IoT, Data storage, etc. Bluemix has the tools to create a unique and innovative applications for this hackathon, and for your future challenges.  

    Make sure to Register for your free trial of Bluemix and participate in their virtual education taking place on the dates below to familiarize yourself with Bluemix before you hack! 

    Tuesday: 4-6PM local India time
    Wednesday: 12-1PM EST 
    Friday: 11AM-12PM EST -AND- 3:30-5:30PM CET

    Virtual support will also be offered Friday night through Sunday for the hackathon. Feel free to post questions to the Bluemix experts in their forum and their team will get back to you within 15-30 minutes. 

    IBM will award one prize per city for the most innovative use of IBM Bluemix:

    The winning team will receive $12K of Cloud credit and if they are a qualified startup, they will be granted up to $120K of Cloud credit in addition to up to 60 hours of technical support and assistance over 6 months by an senior IBM Bluemix developer. 

    Judging Criteria: Application Uniqueness 25%, Usage of IBM Bluemix Services & Runtime 25%, Solution Completeness 25%, Presentation & Demo 25%. We encourage you to mix and match with other powerful APIs and third party services.

    Note: All prizes or any prize components will be awarded to the winning team as a whole and not to each individual member of a winning team. IBM is not responsible for any disputes among team members concerning prize or prize components. IBM/NASA employees are not eligible to receive the “Most innovative use of Bluemix” award. To be considered for the Bluemix award, applications will have to be submitted here: in addition to the NASA submission page.

    Projects Nominated for Global Judging

    Global Nominee #2

    FIDO: The Astronaut Assistant

    Global Nominee #1


    People's choice


    Galactic Impact


    Projects Receiving Local Awards

    Visual Design Award - Flow Baby Flow Pasadena



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    85 N Raymond Ave
    Pasadena, CA
    United States

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  • The following projects were worked on at Pasadena:

    • Instruction and Tutorial Following on Mobile

      Project Members from this location
      • Gloria Suzie Kim
      • Christine Corbett Moran

      This project is to allow formatting of tutorials, instructions, and checklists in a format easy to consume on a mobile wearable. A variety of wearables can consume these instructions, so that scientists, engineers and/or astronauts can easily work with instructions while they are in the field ... Visit Project

    • Flow Baby Flow Pasadena

      Project Members from this location
      • Andrew Sutton
      • Sam Abrahams
      • Joe Renzullo

      Flow, Baby, Flow!

      We hope to make an engaging web application which visualizes USGS data on stream flow rates.

      You can see our work at our website.

      We will be pulling in data about daily flow rates for US states from USGS NWIS web... Visit Project

    • Metatron

      Project Members from this location
      • Mitch Lewis
      • Henry Poon

      Metatron: Metadata improvements for public data sets

      Metatron is a public dataset search portal for people who don't know in advance what data set they might want, comprising:

      • A data search front end with a catalog of general topics

      • A cloud-ba... Visit Project

    • One Stop before Mars

      Project Members from this location
      • Harrison Glenn
      • Vera Mulyani
      • Joey Ramos
      • Ed Friesema
      • Parker Sellers
      • brett combs

      For the idea of having a Stop before Mars and after Mars, we have created two tools:

      1. An Asteroid Calculator, which enable us to find the best asteroids to be converted into energy, and which position is the closest to the Mars orbit.

      2. A 'Space Limpet Energy Co... Visit Project

    • AeroHead

      Project Members from this location
      • penelope lopez
      • America Lopez
      • Mike Amron


      There are emotional challenges ahead for our astronauts. They have families and loved ones on Earth and it becomes even more crucial to their mental health to stay connected to their loved ones the longer they explore in space.


      We wanted to focu... Visit Project

    • FIDO: The Astronaut Assistant

      Project Members from this location
      • Zack Polizzi
      • Jacqueline Tran
      • Norris Tie
      • Gregory Smetana
      • James Ottina
      • Andrew McGregor

      Produce a drone design based on existing concepts that would be suitable for use on board a human-inhabited spacecraft. Consider the implications for autonomous navigation within a human-inhabited station. Modify existing drone simulator software and applications to create a ZERO GEE Bee simul... Visit Project

    • MAD: Mapping Asteroid Density

      Project Members from this location
      • B. Wasser
      • B. Wasser

      The MAD mission is a single cubesat, much like the 2014 "Kitsat" which will deploy chipsats with radio beacons. Thesae chipsats will use active solar sail control to enter the orbit of multiple small bodies. The radio beacons can then be analyzed for Doppler shift to determine the density of t... Visit Project

    • spreddit

      Project Members from this location
      • Joseph Go Chua
      • Wendy Gwo
      • Scott Shin
      • Madeline Le

      Our app aims to facilitate more entertaining, community-based involvement with interactive NASA tools. Using a crowd-style approach, users can help scientists, journalists and others find the best of the best from an outer space perspective.

      Visit Project

    • CATSAT

      Project Members from this location
      • Erik Medina
      • Brian Cottrell
      • Wai-Yin Kwan
      • Catherine Rhee

      CatSat is a crowd sourced NASA imagery discovery site & app.

      Gamification- Images of interesting natural events on Earth are to be voted on by the public on social media.

      Zoom into any location on the satellite map viewer, take advantage of the map’s high resolution to search... Visit Project

    • AstroGro

      Project Members from this location
      • Torkom Pailevanian
      • alex pai
      • Jama M
      • Tavor Yisrael
      • Steven Winston
      • Gordon Choi
      • Diane Le
      • Betty Wong

      This challenge was based on 3D printing food. We took a different approach to resolving the same issues of the original challenge. Our solution is utilizing the current 3D printing capabilities in space to build an intelligent system to organically grow fre... Visit Project