Islamabad, prepare yourselves for liftoff

The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is an intense 48-hour global weekend hackathon for developers, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, astronomers and enthusiasts. Along with 75 cities around the world, Islamabad teams will form and build products and prototypes against NASA-designed challenges that leverage spacecraft, celestial and science data.

22nd, 23rd and 24th April, 2016 Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad.

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The Challenges

Developed by NASA and the European Space Agency, challenges focus on real-world design challenges, and on making our planet and universe accessible, visual, and fun to explore.

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The Schedule

April 22Friday

6:00 pm Registration opens
6:30 pm Kick-off and Opening Remarks
7:00 pm Team formation/combobulation
7:30 pm Wrap Up/Tea

April 23Saturday

9:00 am Doors re-open
1:00 pm Building!
2:00 pm Lunch
7:30pm Doors close for the night

April 24Sunday

9:00 am Doors re-open
12:00 pm Launch and Submission Deadline
3:00 pm Presentation Prep
4:00 pm Judging
7:00 pm Final awards and wrap-up at after party

Thanks to our sponsors

We wouldn't be able to run an event of this caliber without the help of some incredible sponsors. Helping us with everything from logistics and planning, to making connections, and sponsoring in kind to allow us to take the event to the next level, we're excited to be working alongside these amazing companies.

Thinking about joining the sponsors list? If you're interested in helping out at the event, email us here

Event organizers

Shakeel Shafiq


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Questions & Answers

  • How much does the event cost?

    Nothing to participants. We're working with sponsors to make the event free of charge.

  • Are you looking for volunteers or mentors?

    Absolutely! If you're interested in helping out at the event, email us here.

  • How to I form a team, and how big should it be?

    Start by taking a good look through the challenges and select a few that interest you. Two weeks before the event, all registrants will receive login information to an online collaboration place, where prospective team members can find each-other and start strategizing. Of course, you can also just team up at iST on Friday the 10th.

  • How will I know what someone else’s speciality is?

    Networking is important here. To put a great team together, you’ll to walk around and talk to people. There will be a system at the event for identifying people with certain skills, but you’ll need to talk to people to find out exactly what they can offer.

  • What kind of prototypes did people build last year?

    While this is the second time Islamabad has hosted the Space Apps Challenge, there was an NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2014. Check out the site to see last year's teams and prototypes!

  • What time should I get there on Friday?

    Try to arrive at 4:00pm to register early, and so you have a chance to start networking with other attendees.

  • How do I get there?

    Take a right from Islamabad toll plaze, the venue is 1, Islamabad Highway

  • Do I need to bring a computer?

    Yes, make sure you bring a computer. Laptops are preferred of course but bring what you need to get the job done.

  • I’m doing a hardware challenge! Do I need to bring my own supplies and tools?

    Mostly. You’ll need to bring any components and supplies you’ll need to build your prototype.

  • Anything else I should bring?

    A notebook for designing stuff! And if you have an extra extension cord and/or power strip that’s always helpful.

  • Will food be provided?

    The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is a free event, and we depend on sponsorship to provide amenities like food to participants. At the moment, the plan is not to provide more than snacks, but we’re working on changing that. IST has a really fantastic cafeteria, and there are a number of great food options within a five minute walk.

  • Twitter?

    If you tweet about this event, please use the #spaceappsISB hashtag so we can include you in any awesome displays, and to make it easier for others to connect with you. Please follow the official Space Apps Islamabad feed SpaceAppsISB to stay up-to-date on the event.

  • The Islamabad Space Apps Challenge is in Islamabad. In what way is this an international event?

    Islamabad is one of 75 cities participating in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge. While we definitely want to earn some bragging rights for our city, there will also be opportunities to build multi-city teams with team members working across more than one city.
    Once local winners are announced (incl. multi-city teams) on Sunday evening, NASA will select a number of best-of apps over different categories.

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