SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.

join the 48-hour hackathon to share your ideas & engage with NASA SPACE APPS to address real WORLD SCIENCE problems — on Earth and in space.




international 2018 nasa space apps challenge

Urban Engine is hosting this year's event in Huntsville,
and we're ready to help propel your ideas forward.

The 2018 Space Apps Huntsville Challenge is an opportunity for creative individuals to grow alongside Alabama’s cyber & startup community.

This event is focused on taking action with critical Earth Science challenges faced in space exploration and human life. You will be exploring the universal opportunities that embrace collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs that are applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. 

WHY: The innovation accelerator non-profit organization known as Urban Engine is focused on Propelling Ideas Forward.

Our goal at the Huntsville Space Apps Challenge is to inspire creativity with students, industry influencers, and established professionals to build the next generational wave of innovative & impactful solutions on which the larger NASA Space Apps Challenge global competition thrives. 

Through you, we feel as giants, once again.
— President Ronald Reagan, to the Crew of the First Shuttle Mission

HOW: Build solutions to NASA's challenges!

Solve critical Earth Science problems faced in space exploration and human life. All including unique opportunities to engage in-person with NASA leadership throughout the duration of the event. Register for the SpaceAppsHSV Challenge!

Anyone of any age or background.

Story tellers, Youtube Creators, Designers, Programmers, Project Managers, Subject Matter Experts, and Interface Builders. Or come to learn a new skill, no previous tech skills required. Since 2014, the International Space Apps Challenge is 48-hour hackathon event established by NASA globally that is facilitated by participating host cities locally.  Urban Engine, known as a 501c(3) organization, facilitated the event as a host city in Huntsville, AL (aka "The Rocket City”) for the first time in 2017, where over 187 host cities and 25,000 individuals participated in the International Space Apps Challenge.  Urban Engine and SpaceAppsHSV had ~100 high school, college and professional participants with over 50 local technical mentors, subject matter experts, & judges participating in the event as volunteers to the global initiative.

THREE major events! CoWorking Night™, Kick Off Day, & The Hackathon

The signature CoWorking Night™ educational workshops program features subject matter & mentorship expertise provided at no cost to the public. No RSVP - Just show up!
2. The Kick Off Day (October 19th) features the Space Apps Expo: Trade Show and Career Fair where industry leaders and influencers will demonstrate their latest and greatest technologies for Huntsville’s talented professionals interested in STEM & Aerospace!
3. The 48HR-Hackathon (October 20-21st) will be a global endeavor with the International Space Apps Challenge as well as the Main Stage of #SpaceAppsHSV!

All including unique opportunities to engage in-person with NASA leadership throughout the duration of the event. See the full event schedule for all details!

US Space & Rocket Center Educator and Training Facility. One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama, 35805 (map)


Intuitive Research, Huntsville STEAMWorks, and AIAA will to develop technical challenges for students and professionals as local competition participants.



100% Free registration. with lots of exploration.

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The International 2018 NASA Space Apps HSV Challenge is proudly powered by the non-profit innovation accelerator known as the Urban Engine organization. Our core mission is to build communities with exciting opportunities to collaborate together.

Join us in celebrating the biggest, funnest, most-epic-it’s-almost-crazy space exploration hackathon conference in The Rocket City!