The National Space Science Agency is inviting you to participate in Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge, exploring ways to use Earth observation data and other open data, to aid in understanding of the interplay of the Earth system – on global to local scales – with aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak, including, potentially, our ability to combat it.

May 17 2020

Participants Online Registration

May 25 2020

Review Participants

May 28 2020

NSSA Announce participant groups

May 30 and 31 2020

Participate in virtual, global hackathon

“The NASA International Space Apps Challenge (Space Apps) is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space.

For one weekend each October, participants from around the world come together over a 48-hour period to solve challenges submitted by NASA personnel. After the hackathon, project submissions are judged by space agency experts and winners are selected for one of 10 Global Awards.

Space Apps introduces problem-solvers worldwide to NASA’s free and open data. By using NASA data to solve each year’s challenges, Space Apps teams learn about NASA’s data, and share in the creation and application of the knowledge that results.

Space Apps also inspires collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Our mission is to leverage this interest to encourage the growth and diversity of the next generation of scientists, technologists, designers, storytellers, and engineers.”


  1. Create Virtual teams.
  2. As you create your teams and craft your solutions, please consider the goals of the
    Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge:

    • To address critical issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • To inspire collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking
    • To foster interest in Earth and space science and exploration
    • To raise awareness of NASA, ESA, JAXA, CNES, and CSA data around the world
    • To encourage growth and diversity of the next generation of scientists, technologists,
      designers, engineers, and artists
  3. Use Earth observation and other open data to propose solutions to one of twelve challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, that focus on the following themes:
    • Learning about the virus and its spread using space-based data
    • Local response/change and solutions
    • Impacts of COVID-19 on the Earth system/Earth system response
    • Economic opportunity, impact, and recovery during and following COVID-19

The six Global Winners will be featured on the Space Apps website and receive an invitation to present their projects to NASA, ESA, JAXA, CNES, and CSA personnel.

If travel is deemed safe, the winners will also be invited to visit a NASA site with the Space Apps Global Organizing Team to view a spacecraft launch. Each member of each winning team and one guest each will be invited and will be responsible for covering their own costs for their personal travel, meals and incidental expenses, and accommodation expenses. Winners typically conduct fundraising activities to cover the costs of their trips.

Suitable Space Apps projects from among the Global Finalists and Global Winners will also be eligible for the opportunity to up-scale the project idea to global information layers using the Euro Data Cube environment, giving access to NASA, ESA/Copernicus, JAXA, CSA, and CNES data in the Euro Data Cube with a 1-year Euro Data Cube Enterprise license, valued at 5,000 EUR and provided by ESA, and free processing resources. Ideas for comparative investigation of phenomena across global regions are specifically encouraged.

More information on challenge winners is found on the following link.