How to find the venue?
Startup Sauna is easy to access from the center. Startup Sauna in Otaniemi is part of the Aalto University campus and buses 102,103 leave from Kamppi bus terminal.
Passwords & provided infrastructure
Most important dates
Space Apps Challenge April 10-12th
Global challenge announcement March 11th
How to get started
How to survive the Space Apps weekend? Here are some tips to make your hackathon even smoother. Whether you have any questions about the challenges, venue or the food, drinks and snacks available during the event, read our survival pack.
Where should I begin?
First check out the challenges via the global Space Apps site
Local challenges can be found here: http://www.spaceappshelsinki.com/challenges
Don’t have a team?
Don’t worry – Space Apps crew will help you to find your best match during the first day of the event. What you can do is to decide what are your strengths (software, hardware, strategy, design) and go from there. Remember that you are more than welcome to form your team before the event.
On Friday 10th log in on the space apps website and create your own teams and projects. Your project page is the tool for submitting your solutions and code for judging.
Food & Beverage
Snacks and drinks are always available for you! Just ask the Space Apps crew to help you.
Project submission on Sunday
- Include the names of participants and their locations
- Submit as much information showcasing your project onto the Project Page on the Space Apps Website
- Brief Description of the solutions
- Photos, videos, links, etc to show/present their projects
- Make sure enough information is uploaded to help your chances when being judged by the Global Judges
- Here are examples of project pages from 2014
You only have a few minutes to share your project, so make them count. Get straight to the point – what is the main purpose of your project? What are the benefits? What problems does it solve? Keep it short and sweet and stick to the main points, not forgetting your team name, the name of your project and which challenge you are answering.
Visualise your project as much as possible. It’s ok if you don’t do design – you can use sketches, photos, stock imagery, origami or even theatre to explain your concept. If you have a prototype or a coded project, showcase that.
Even if you don’t have presentation experience, the main thing is to have fun and share your ideas with like-minded people.
The main criteria are: Answering the set challenge, presentation, innovativeness and sustainability.
Impact: How much impact (quality and quantity) can this project have? Does it solve a big problem or a little problem?
Creativity: How creative is the approach? Is the project new and something that hasn’t been attempted before? Is it something that isn’t being addressed by the market?
Product: How well does this project fit the needs of the challenge it addresses? How user friendly is the technology? Is it a complete solution or does it have a long way to go?
Sustainability: How good is the plan for next steps? How prepared is the project team to continue their work beyond the event? Is the project organized in a way so others can take the project to the next level?
Presentation: How well did the team communicate their project? Are they effective in telling the story of the project and why it is important?
Premises and practicalities
Working late is possible and you are more than welcome to bring your own sleeping bag and pillows to get more comfortable!
More detailed info coming soon.
There are limited parking spots available in front of the Startup Sauna premises.