About Space Apps Next Gen

Space Apps Next Gen is the first two-day high school space hackathon where diverse teams of students from the Greater New York City Area learn, collaborate, and engage with publicly available data to solve real world scientific challenges. The event brings together ~200 mentors and participants and exposes 150+ students to the powerful fusion of data and programming with science, tapping their potential to solve the problems of tomorrow. Last year was the pilot Space Apps Next Gen, and it was awesome.

Check out our liveblog from last year's NYC event!


Space Apps Next Gen is taking place at the eBay Headquarters. We're located on the 6th floor of 625 Avenue of the Americas, New York NY!


Space Apps Next Gen is taking place on September 17-18, 2016, from 12 PM Saturday to 3 PM Sunday!


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event in which teams spend the weekend building something awesome (and then demo it). Space Apps Next Gen NYC is open to anyone, from the absolute beginner to the professional hacker. Check out Dave Fontenot's post on "What is a hackathon?"

What if I don't know how to code?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! Hackathons provide an awesome opportunity for people to learn how to code. Even if you have never programmed before in your life, we will help you get started with the basics of programming and hopefully by the end of the hackathon, you will leave with a working application!

What should I bring? How much does this event cost?

You should bring your laptop (we won't provide computers) and charger, school ID, phone and charger, and power strips (recommended). Food will be provided! This event costs absolutely nothing!

Who can attend and how do the teams work?

Any students in high school can attend! You do not have to be from the US. If you need help convincing your parents, contact us.. You can work individually or with a team (with a suggested maximum of 4 hackers). For more information, check out our rules.

I know a company that wants to sponsor, what should I tell them?

Great! Tell them to contact us at contact@spaceappsnextgen.com

Can I be a mentor at Space Apps Next Gen NYC?

Definitely! Simply click the registration button above and enter your information to be registered. Then send us an email at contact@spaceappsnextgen.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

How will teams be put together?

You can join a team on the day of the event based on your interest in a particular challenge or a match of skills. Mentors at the event can help you to find the right team for you. You are also welcome to form your team in advance and come to the event together.

Is the event limited to just software development?

Absolutely not! We need people with all types of skills to participate in the International Space Apps Challenge! Teams need project managers, designers, artists, educators, writers - anyone who can help advance the cause. You can definitely contribute! Participants in the event will collaborate to build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions that contribute to space exploration and solve global challenges that focus on improving life on earth. In fact, most teams will benefit from having non-programmers working with them.

Who is your fiscal sponsor?

Hacker Fund! Hacker Fund is a non-profit that does really awesome stuff, like hosting coding workshops and sending mentors to hackathons, but sometimes they manage the finances for hackathons such as Space Apps Next Gen, which leads to awesome connections to large companies and discounts through them being a 501(c)(3) public charity.

I have another question! How should I ask?

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us at contact@spaceappsnextgen.com. Additionally, check out our rules at spaceappsnextgen.com/rules.

Where can my parents sign the parent waiver?

Right here! Remember to get your parents to sign it, so you can come to Space Apps Next Gen!

2016 Challenges


Create an app, data aggregator, or clever visualization of open NASA data in a meaningful way to educate and involve the public with the trends and information NASA has collected. Use open data to map clean water, changes in forest cover, global temperature averages, airburst threats, asteroid locations in our solar system, or any other interesting visualization one can develop with NASA's extensive datasets. Be creative!


Build something that can allow robots or astronauts to navigate through a potentially hazardous obstacle course. Put together a stream of applicable sensor data of your choice or use a remote control to guide forward movement or gauge when to stop based on danger or impediments. Feel free to attach other sensors onto an autonomous robot or astronaut guide to collect data from environments like the International Space Station. We recommend using Internet of Things in order to be able to do more with your sensors and data.

"Space invaders"

Space has always been a popular subject and setting for games - the most popular games of the past and the most anticipated games of the future are all set in the stars. Video games have multiple practical uses as well - a VR game that allows you to be a shuttle pilot could very well be a simulator for astronauts in the future. Create a game set in space! Have fun and be creative!


Have an idea for an app or game that can educate and engage the public with NASA's mission and promote civilian science? Are you interested in developing an interactive tool to leverage NASA audio files from space missions in new and innovative ways? Do you want to develop a new type of 3D printed space food? As long as it relates to space science or is an innovative solution to a problem your team can solve, create your own 'Space App'!

2016 Schedule

Saturday, September 17th

12:00 PM -

Registration and Lunch Starts on the 3rd Floor of 625 Ave of the Americas (eBay's Offices!)

1:00 PM -

Opening Ceremony
Challenges, Kickoff, and Speakers

2:00 PM -

Hacking Begins

2:30 PM -

Intro to HTML & CSS Workshop by Steven Abreu

3:30 PM -

Introduction to iOS by Rohan Mishra

4:30 PM -

Intro to Working with NASA's Open Data by Shaantam Chawla

5:30 PM -

Intro to APIs: Using Navigation/Mapping in Your Project by Shaantam Chawla

6:00 PM -


6:30 PM -

Scriptr.io workshop by Malek Ascha

Sunday, September 18th

12:00 AM -

Midnight Snack!

2:00 AM -

Hacker Funs!

7:30 AM -

How to Successfully Pitch a Hack by HackerFund's Justin Brezhnev

9:00 AM -


12:00 PM -

Hacking Ends

12:30 PM -

Demos Begin and Judging Commences

2:00 PM -

Demos End

2:30 PM -

Winners Announced and Closing Ceremony

3:00 PM -

Event ends