MoonshotX and NASA are on a mission to foster innovation around challenges affecting us at home and in space. Space Apps is an annual event that pulls citizens together regardless of their background or skill level. Don't let the name fool you... it's not just about apps!
Tackle a challenge using robotics, data visualization, hardware, design and many other specialties. Inspire each other while you learn and create using stories, code, design and, most of all, YOUR ideas. Show us your problem-solving skills and share your talents with the world. Who knows, maybe your idea will become a real space business!
This year, we are combining challenges written by NASA along with our own which will address some of the problems we face here in Australia and abroad. For 48 hours, problem solvers from all over the world will participate in one of the largest hackathons in the universe. Students, experts, engineers, makers, artists, storytellers - Space Apps is for everyone!
We welcome ALL passionate problem solvers to join our community of innovators. Participants from across the globe have already created thousands of open-source solutions together through code, data visualizations, hardware and design. Last year we had participants from 6 continents and 161 cities participating at the Space Apps Challenge!
Join us on April 29-30th 2017 to be a part of creating the next generation of space technology!
Use the hashtags #OzSpace #mX17 and #SpaceApps on social media!
The NASA Space Apps 2017 challenges will be Earth-themed.
We look forward to releasing the challenges in more details soon, in the meanwhile here is the sneak peek at 2017 challenge categories. More details can be found on the central Space Apps website here!
In anticipation of MX01 – the first space accelerator batch of up to 6 startups soon launching in Melbourne – Moonshot has teamed up with co-working spaces and mentors around the nation to add a unique competition in collaboration with NASA Space Apps.
A hackathon solution should never end with the conclusion of a hackathon! We want to promote participants to not only build cool things, but to demonstrate validation of the value of the solution. If we see a passionate team and a promising business case supporting the product, then we want to do everything we can to help you join the likes of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson and turn your proposal into a real and successful space business!
So if you’re a developer, maker, designer or entrepreneur you must try your hand at the MoonshotX Build a Space Business Challenge!
The Build a Space Business Challenge is a gateway to a national community of Space Apps participants from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. This challenge is an additional layer to the usual NASA Space Apps hackathon, and you'll need to register in both to participate.
Once you have registered for NASA Space Apps Melbourne, you'll need to register your interest for the Build a Space Business Challenge here. You will then be invited to the public MoonshotX Slack group, where you'll have the opportunity to talk to participants working along side you to also build the foundations of a potential space business.
We have partnered with co-working spaces all around Australia to provide the top teams from each city the support to continue to develop their solution into a real business after NASA Space Apps has ended. Through access to co-working space, mentors and advisers, MoonshotX hopes to facilitate incubation of your business and, hopefully, you will gain enough business traction to qualify for the first batch of MoonshotX startups later this year where teams will be seed funded with up to AUD$50,000!
Many thanks to our amazing sponsors who have enabled us to establish a physical presence in each participating city!
Space Apps Melbourne will be hosted at Lab-14 in Carlton - the highly successful prototype of the Carlton Connect innovation precinct. Lab-14 is home to some of Melbourne's most innovative organisations, such as the IBM Bluemix Garage, Melbourne Accelerator Program and the Australian-German Climate and Energy College.
Address: 700 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC
NASA Space Apps Information Night, which is a gathering for participants to come together before Space Apps to get to know one another and to begin to ideate on projects. This is a time you can get more details about the event, form teams, learn from related presentations and workshops and prepare yourself for hackathon day.
The main event of Space Apps Melbourne is the 2-day hackathon. The challenges will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, with side events, competitions and workshops occurring throughout the weekend. Lab-14 will close at midnight on Saturday, but the fun will continue at 9:00 am on Sunday morning! Check out the draft schedule below for more detail.
13:30 Pitching Workshop
15:30 Business Models Workshop
18:30 Introduction to NASA Space Apps
18:45 Drinks, mingling, team building
19:00 Fireside chat with Andrea Boyd, ESA
09:00 Opening Keynotes and Start!
10:00 Australis OSCAR 5 Q&A
10:30 AliCloud Workshop (Optional)
11:00 Unity 3D workshop (Optional)
12:30 Lunch Break
13:00 Fireside chat with John Tucker, SpaceX and Newspace Ventures
20:00 Dinner Break
20:30 Resume Hacking
23:59 Venue closes
09:00 Coffee - Brief announcements
09:15 Resume Hacking
12:30 Lunch Break
13:00 Hack back on track
13:30 Start working on presentation preparation
16:00 Submission deadline, Begin uploading your projects, tech check for presentations
16:30 Pitch presentations
17:45 Awards/Closing Remarks
18:00 Celebration/After Party, heading to the Pub