Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

The Adler Planetarium
  • This event is a partnership between The International Space Apps Challenge and Science Hack Day Chicago


    The Adler Planetarium is located in Chicago’s Near South Side neighborhood, conveniently accessible via Lake Shore Drive and public transportation.

    For parking and handicap accessibility, public transit information, and driving directions, please see Getting to the Adler


    The event begins at 9am on Saturday morning and ends 3pm on Sunday afternoon. Teams are welcome to spend the night at the Adler to work on their projects, but there will be no reentry to the building between 11pm and 9am.

    Saturday 12 April


    Arrival Registration at the south box office


    Welcome and introduction to the day


    SHD Pitches and Subject Matter Expert Lightning Talks


    Hacking begins




    Last re-entry to the building

    Sunday 13 April


    Doors reopen for returning hackers


    Hacking stops and hacks submitted to judges


    Presentation of hacks and prize giving




    Project Pages

    Participants are responsible for their own project pages, which will be provided by the Space Apps website. External sites are encouraged for resource hosting. Projects nominated for global judging will have three days to post an explanatory video on their project page.

    Judging and Awards

    Two hacks will be submitted for global judging, and NASA will select winners in the following categories: Best Use of Data, Best Use of Hardware, Best Mission Concept, and Most Inspiring, and Galactic Impact.

    Participants will nominate a project for a local People’s Choice Award, which will enter the running for the global People’s Choice Award. Votes will be cast over Twitter.

    Sponsored Challenges

    The Kennedy Space Center is sponsoring three challenges: Space Wearables: Fashion Designer to Astronauts, Growing Food for a Martian Table, and Asteroid Prospector.

    Teams selected for global awards in these challenges will select up to two team members (plus one additional guest each) to travel to Kennedy Space Center to watch the Space X Dragon launch (more info on the KSC Tumblr).

    Public Lab (a non-profit that works with communities to develop open-source tools for environmental exploration and investigation) is sponsoring the Cool It! Challenge. If you're working in Cool It!, we encourage you to take advantage of the challenge community they've started, register your project with them, and ask them questions if you get stuck!

    Google Hangout with astronauts!

    Want to chat with an astronaut? Of course you do. Attend a Q&A Event with astronauts, NASA experts, and Open Innovation officials April 12th at 4:30pm CST. Tweet questions to @spaceapps #askastro.  


    Check out last year's winners for video-inspiration.

    Check out this video for regular inspiration.

    Projects Nominated for Global Judging

    Best Mission Concept

    Space Shuttle Guide

    Best Use of Data


    People's choice




    The Adler PlanetariumMap it
    1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL
    United States

    Nicole McCabe
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    Stuart Lynn
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  • The following projects were worked on at Chicago, IL:

    • Space Shuttle Guide

      Project Members from this location
      • Edward Rafacz
      • Edward Rafacz

      This project is testing the practicality of designing a format to be used wearable device, in this case a phone, to coordinate all the reams of paper generated on a space mission. I created a Wearable Phone App called the Space Shuttle Guide Manual whose mission is to document lights, switches... Visit Project

    • MGF-Android-Push-Map

      Project Members from this location
      • Luis Feliu
      • Matthew Liu
      • Stephen Winter
      • Mohammed Hasan

      Develop back end service for scraping mission data and pushing notifications to Android application. Develop Android application that will receive push notifications and display upcoming mission events and historical data.

      Visit Project

    • Skynet

      Project Members from this location
      • Allie Young

      Skynet is a crowdsourcing platform whose operations are almost exclusively performed by smartphone-toting humans, in service of its goal of furthering our understanding of air quality, aerosol loading, and our measurement of said.

      The Concept

      Sky color is an indicator of air qu... Visit Project