2018 NASA International Space Apps Challenge Hackathon (NASA Hackathon)

September 25, 2018
AIT Press Release #: PR-1832


The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is partnering with the National Space Organization, Chunghwa Telecom, Taipei City Government, the National Taiwan Normal University, and Taiwan Design Center to host the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge Hackathon in Taiwan.  The hackathon will be held from October 19-21 and registration is now open.

“Hackathons are a win for everyone: a win for the participants because they are a great way to land a job; a win for the startup community because they realize Taiwan is on the cutting edge of innovation; a win for Taiwan because it is how we put Taiwan on the map; a win for the U.S.-Taiwan relationship because it is how we integrate digital supply chains by bringing our digital industries together; and a win for the world because we solve global problems,” said Ryan Engen, AIT’s Digital Economic Officer in a news conference on September 25 to kick off the challenge.

The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon that takes place over the course of 48 hours in cities around the world.  The 2017 hackathon was NASA’s largest ever, with 187 cities and 25,140 people participating across 6 continents. Taipei Team Space Bar won first place for “Best Mission Concept” in the 2017 global competition.

In addition to the six co-sponsors, Taipei’s 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge hackathon partners include IBM Taiwan, Institute for Information Industry, Facebook, Foundation for Women’s Rights Promotion and Development, Micron, Microsoft Taiwan, Science Communication Study and Development Center of Shih-Hsin University, WinGlobal Technology and IT HOME PUBLICATIONS INC..

Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and enthusiasts are invited to come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space in this exciting, collaborative scientific exploration.  More information is available here: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org/

The 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge Hackathon in Taipei is open for registration at: https://www.accupass.com/go/2018nasa_taipei