International Challenges

International challenges can be seen at International Space Apps Challenge website.


Global prizes

Our three local judges will nominate two projects for the global competition. All participants can vote for People’s Choice to nominate a project for global voting on social media. The global prize will be a live spot to watch NASA’s spacecraft launch. Global winners will be eligible to attend a NASA launch event.

Local prizes for Helsinki

Idean Prize – a one-day tailored design workshop for the team with Idean’s world class designers.

Idean design team will award the prize to the project that displays the best user experience thinking.

Helsinki Prize – Wind tunnel flying for the whole winning team at Sirius Sport, Pyhtää! The experience of flying is like free-falling from an aircraft. The maximum speed of the air-flow is 260 km/h, but beginners fly at about 180 km/h. Flying is truly an unforgettable experience!

Local winners 2014

People’s choice


ECASA is a concept created to answer the challenge of SPACE WEARABLES: FASHION DESIGNER TO ASTRONAUTS in the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge by NASA. We created a concept of both hardware and software of an intelligent astronaut helmet utilizing eye tracking technology, voice control, 360 degree vision and augmented reality. We called our concept “ECASA” which stands for “Enhanced Contextual And Situational Awareness”.

Galactic impact


Our space travel is currently dependent on material and manufacturing that takes place on Earth. Now nearly everything that is launched to Earth orbit or beyond can be used only once. This approach not only makes us dependent on the proximity of Earth but is also unsustainable and is extremely wasteful and hazardous. The project proposes new design principles as well as a concept for space missions based on minimizing material wastage and building towards self-sustaining space constructs.

Most inspiring


Ways to Die is a mobile application for Windows Phone which allows you to see the way you will probably exit this planet due to the climate change effects in your neighborhood. It retrieves climate data and predictions from NASA for 1950 to 2099. By presenting the data in an interactive, playful, Facebook connected and easy-to-use interface, which follows a gaming flow, we help raise awareness about climate change in people. Everyone can use it! >Follow us @ClimateDead

Global winners 2014

Best use of data


SkyWatch was created at Space Apps Toronto. The app is a visual representation of data collected from observatories around the world in near real time. The app provides telescope coordinates of celestial events, and plots the location through Google Sky. Users can subscribe or filter sky alerts, and share them through social media. This project solves the Alert-Alert challenge.

Best use of hardware

Android Base Station

Android Base Station was created at Space Apps London to transform a smart phone into wifi hotspot by connecting to satellites using a 3-D printed receiver. This automated, ultra-portable, satellite tracking station can log changes in micro-satellites in orbit. This project solves the PhoneSat challenge.

Best use of concept

Aurora Wearables: Fashion meets Function

Aurora Wearables was created at Space Apps Exeter as a collaboration between artists, fashion designers, technologists, and software developers. This internet-connected spacesuit is designed for astronauts to wear on the International Space Station and beyond. This solution solves the Space Wearables challenge.