NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is hosting the 2018 NASA International Space Apps Challenge Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 21. Registration for this free public event is now open on the Space Apps website.

The Space Apps Challenge is an international event that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the globe. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists and space enthusiasts come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space.

The theme of this year’s challenge is Earth and Space, and the six challenge categories are:

Can You Build a…? The challenge in this category will ask contestants to use NASA data to show how to create a variety of things from buildings, to robotic helpers, to tools for citizen science.

Help Others Discover the Earth. Participants will use NASA data to craft a story, game, video or other solution that helps people discover how Earth works.

Volcanoes, Icebergs and Asteroids. Contestants in this category will be challenged to analyze NASA data to help anticipate, monitor and recover from natural surprises or disasters, such as damaging floods.

What the World Needs Now Is… Members in this category will tackle problems affecting some aspect of life on Earth and on other planets.

An Icy Glare. This challenge category will ask participants to use NASA data to better understand, monitor and interpret Earth’s cryosphere (sea ice, lake ice, river ice, snow cover, glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets and frozen ground).

A Universe of Beauty and Wonder. Contestants in this category are invited to think about space science and exploration.
In addition to the challenge, the event features speakers, a stop at the Glenn gift shop, a tour of Glenn’s Simulated Lunar Operations lab where rover tires are tested, and virtual and augmented reality demonstrations. Teams will present their work at a project fair on Sunday, Oct. 21.

For event information and registration, visit: