What is Space Apps Challenge Helsinki?

Space Apps Helsinki is a part of the annual International Space Apps Challenge that takes place in cities around the world. It’s is one of the biggest global hackathons, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe. The event brings together teams of technologists, scientists, designers and entrepreneurs to collaborate and engage together in the world of Outer Space, Earth, Humans and Robotics.

In Helsinki Space Apps Challenge will be hosted by UX design agency Idean. https://idean.com

NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators and local partner organizations.

When will Space Apps Helsinki take place and where?

Space Apps Helsinki will take place on the 11th and 12th of April 2014 @Startup Sauna in Otaniemi, Espoo. The actual hackathon will be preceded by a pre-event on April 10th 2014.

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate. We are looking for individuals with different backgrounds and skills, for example engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing the world and is willing to contribute.

There is no minimum age for participation in Space Apps, we only note that participants under 18 must have a written permission from a parent to attend to the event, and participants under 13 must have a parent or guardian register for them and attend with them.

Can I participate if I don’t have any coding or hardware skills?

Absolutely! We need people with all types of skills. Teams need project managers, designers, artists, educators – anyone who can help advance the cause. You can definitely contribute!

How can I register to Space Apps Helsinki event and what does it cost?

All the registration is done through the global Space Apps Challenge website: https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/ and it is completely free of charge.

When does registration for participants open?

The registration for participants opens in early March.

Where can I find the challenges?

The global challenges are posted on the global Space Apps website: https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/ on March 11, 2015 and will be clustered around the following themes: Earth, Outer Space, Humans, Robotics.

I can’t make it to the event, can I participate virtually?

Yes you can! Virtual participation will begin on Saturday April, 11 in the morning (GMT time) and continue through the weekend. Virtual participants will be able to join an on-boarding session to get up to speed and get started on projects. We will publish a more detailed schedule and ways to connect as virtual participants closer to the event.

How will teams be put together at the event?

You can join a team on the day of the event based on your interest in a particular challenge or a match of skills. Space Apps Helsinki organizers 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.

How many members can we have in a team?

We recommend to have 2-5 members in a team. We particularly encourage you to meet and collaborate with new people who have very different skills from yours. Bringing together very diverse skills and talents is often a key to breakthrough innovation!

What prizes or awards are there to win?

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! www.siriussport.fi 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!

What about licencing and copyrights?

All solutions built at the event must be submitted under an open source license that permits the free and open dissemination of the work. NASA and it’s local partner organizations do not own the rights nor are committed to utilize any solution developed during the event. See NASA’s legal statement for more information.

Should we only build applications?

Despite it’s name, Space Apps Helsinki is not just about building applications! There will be challenges that involve robotics, data visualization, hardware, design, and many other elements. Also, you don’t need to have coding skills to participate. You can 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.

What is the Space Apps Helsinki hashtag?

For the Helsinki event we use #spaceappshki

For the global event use #spaceapps

Each challenge statement also will also have its own hashtag.