• Welcome to the International Space Apps Challenge 2015 in York!

    Space Apps is back in York! We are very proud to be part of NASA's Space Apps Challenge which is becoming a tradition to collaboratively develop innovative solutions for global problems. We are very happy to announce our local sponsors Maplesoft, Inviqa, Merisis, Cybula and HA247. We are also very thankful of the support from the Department of Computer Science at the University of York which allowed us once again to use their brilliant facilities. RS Components and Met Office provided local prizes.

    All keen students, scientists, programmers, technology enthusiasts, designers, engineers and everyone else is invited to take on challenges that we as global community face. These challenges revolve around the topics Outer Space, Earth, Humans and Robotics. Gather a team of people with a diverse background, choose your challenge and register for this year's Space Apps Challenge in York. Over 48 hours you work together to develop and innovate solutions to your challenge. Your solution doesn't need to be an 'app' in a traditional sense. It can be a website, mobile app, concept or hardware prototype. Your team will present the solution to an audience and a jury consisting of industrial professionals and well-regarded academics. The two best solutions will then compete on a global level!

    We expect you to bring your own device (e.g. notebook, tablet) and other specific tools you might need for your project. Internet access (via WiFi) and power sockets will be supplied to all attendees. We will provide a free lunch, dinner and breakfast, as well as a constant supply of refreshments, tea and coffee, throughout the event.

    Our venue will be open throughout the event and you are welcome to hack all through the night. There will always be at least one organiser present to help you with any questions you might have. Directions to the Computer Science Department can be found here.

    Our provisional agenda:

    Saturday, 11th April

    09:30 Registration

    10:00 Welcome & Introduction

    10:30 Read to take off? Begin developing!

    13:00 Lunch

    16:30 Optional briefing and status check

    19:00 Dinner

    Carpe noctem!

    Sunday, 12th April

    08:30 Breakfast

    10:00 Briefing and status check

    13:00 Lunch

    13:30 Submission deadline

    14:00 Presentations and judging

    17:30 Announcement of the winner

    18:30 Space Apps York ends

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via [email protected]!

    Best wishes,

    Your [email protected] organisation team

    This year's organisation team:

    with the kindest support from:

    Projects Nominated for Global Judging

    Global Nominee #1


    Global Nominee #2


    People's choice


    Projects Receiving Local Awards

    1st Winner - CropOp
    2nd Winner - ScopeNet
    People's Choice Award - CropOp



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    University of York - Department of Computer Science
    Deramore Lane, Heslington
    York, North Yorkshire
    United Kingdom

    Nils Moenning
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  • The following projects were worked on at York:

    • Visualise the Asteroid Skies

      Project Members from this location
      • Vincent Atanasov
      • Michael Gaunt

      Description coming soon...

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    • Rainbow

      Project Members from this location
      • chengwei chen
      • yi wang
      • Jiawei Zhang

      The amount of power that will be required by the platform units is known. However, the power that the thermal subsystem will consume is connected to the heaters and their behavior is uncertain. Their behavior depends both on external (e.g. sun distance, solar aspect angle) and internal factors... Visit Project

    • PlaneView

      Project Members from this location
      • kenny mathew
      • Bruno Barboza Orozco
      • Malek El-Qallali
      • Sarah Spooner
      • Vivek Warriar
      • Yu Xie

      PlaneView aims to tackle three key areas:
      • Create a realtime interactive education platform linked to live flights
      • Contribute to mass data collection
      • Provide opportunities for commercial engagement

      PlaneView is a web based ... Visit Project

    • Team Bodge! (Wireless Gloves)

      Project Members from this location
      • Adam Dorling
      • Daniel Bailey
      • Bingnan Luo
      • Qing Lan

      We are believed the astronaut needs a clear and direct tool or assistant to help them,a gloves could be a necessary choice. In the design, a Gloves with 5 flex sensors, two Gyroscope(Gyro), two Accelerometers(Acc), a heart-beat sensor, a humidity sensor and a LCD interface.The Hardware control... Visit Project

    • A.Em Alpha

      Project Members from this location
      • Fergal Byrne
      • Aleksandra Borisova
      • Douglas Bourne
      • Will Soutter
      • Aleksandra Borisova
      • Andy Wise

      Space is dangerous. Crew members on board the ISS, or any future spacecraft, will be at risk from atmosphere control malfunctions, chemical leaks, and even breaches due to impacting space debris impacts. A hole in the hull just 5cm2 in area would cause depressurization to dangerous levels with... Visit Project

    • CropOp

      Project Members from this location
      • Neel Rana
      • Ben Ezard
      • Alex Morel
      • vishnu sunil
      • Arushi Aneja

      Introduction/Background: The world is making progress against hunger; the number of people who lack access to quality food has dropped from one in five to one in ten since the 1990s (Stone, 2014). The prevalence of undernourishment has also seen a substantial decrease of about 7% compared to ... Visit Project

    • Yunwei Lunar Rover

      Project Members from this location
      • Ziting Tang
      • Yuhan Zhou
      • Li Li
      • Xin Liu
      • Zilong Zhao
      • Wu Junjie
      • Qian Chao

      Two astronauts may use the instruments installed in the parent vehicle which include electric drive devices, thermal imager and radar. The primary driver takes the responsibility of controlling the movement of the parent vehicle through a joystick as well as using the thermal imager and the ra... Visit Project

    • ScopeNet

      Project Members from this location
      • Alistair MacDonald
      • Lionel Ward
      • Xavier Dejager


      ScopeNet a low-cost hardware, firmware and online service allowing hobbyist astronomers worldwide to automate and share their telescopes online.

      Astronomical observations requested from users globally are optimally dispatched to the most appropriate telescope(s)... Visit Project

    • Heebie Jeebies

      Project Members from this location
      • robert evans
      • James Dewes
      • Shengsong Yang
      • Homero Silva

      Heebie Drone

      Using the Robot Operating System (ROS) framework and Gazebo simulation environment, along with MeshLab, Solidworks and Blender we created a model of a drone and a test environment similar to the inside of the International Space Station. We were able to direct the drone w... Visit Project

    • The Value of Asteroids

      Project Members from this location
      • Jack Brown
      • George Green
      • Yakubu Nazif Wanka
      • Martin Nefjodov

      It outlines the most practical methods for obtaining an asteroid or bringing it into an earth orbit for mining purposes and the value of the materials found within them. The project was created using the Unity Engine and C# with 3D graphics created using Blender

      Visit Project

    • iGLOVEu

      Project Members from this location
      • Jack Scott-Reeve
      • YULIN WU
      • Nealesh Ummur

      The aim of this project is to Support NASA's aims of Human Exploration of Mars and Asteriod Mining. The method by which we aim to progress this goal is through the development a User-Friendly GUI to remotely control a Robotic Exploratory unit, wirelessly communicate with a range of measurement... Visit Project

    • Blast Off

      Project Members from this location
      • George Baines

      Teaches children and adults some of the stages that goes into a rocket launch.

      Visit Project