NASA Space Apps Makati-BGC FAQs

What is NASA Space Apps Makati-BGC?

  • Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about curiosity come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space!

  • Womensphere, in partnership with Sustainable Green Synergy, is honored to produce NASA Space Apps Philippines - Makati-Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

  • We are thrilled to produce this special event bringing together established and emerging innovators, problem-solvers, and creators, as part of our 10th anniversary celebration, and as part of the Womensphere Global Festival.

Where and when will it happen?

  • NASA Space Apps Philippines – Makati- Bonifacio Global City will be launched on October 13 as a kick-off celebration of the Womensphere Festival here in the Philippines. The Data Bootcamp will begin on October 19 in the evening. And the coding proper/hackathon will commence on October 20 and 21. The Kick-off Celebration and the Data Bootcamp will happen at QBO Innovation Hub.

Who can join the event?

  • Anyone can participate. We are looking for individuals with different backgrounds and skills, for example engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing the world and is willing to contribute. As much as possible, we value gender parity among a team. We encourage women to take part on this challenge as well.

  • Furthermore, there is no age requirement for the participants. Since we opted not to extend into an overnight hackathon, we will just be requiring the presence of a guardian aging 18 and above in case a team is composed of participants below 18 years old.

Can I still join the event even if I’m not a coder or developer?

  • Definitely. We encourage everyone from different industries to be there and contribute to generating solutions for the challenges imposed by the Global Space Apps. We’ll find you a team if you are eager to be part of the global problem solvers.

How can I join the event? Do you charge registration fees?

Can I participate virtually?

  • Yes! If you won’t be able to go to the venue, we still encourage you to join virtually with your teammates. The resources are available online and there are tons of collaboration software around that you and your team can use. You just have to submit your project during the deadline. If you have a teammate during the event, he/she can present the project on your behalf for the local judging.

How will teams be put together at the event?

  • You can form your team before the event. However, if you’ll be going alone, we will be grouping you depending on the challenges that you want to solve and be part of. The organizing team will find you your teammates based on your chosen challenge.

How many members can we have in a team?

  • Our recommended team includes 2 to 6 members. If possible, we want to achieve a gender equal team, so you can have 3 boys and 3 girls on a team. We are not limiting you with this number but exceeding this might result to unproductive collaborations.

What are the prizes?

  • For the global prizes, the local judges will choose two projects that can move forward to the global judging. Global Space Apps reserves the right to add or remove prizes if deemed necessary. Possible prizes will be invitations at NASA events or global recognition.

  • For the local judging, the judges will be choosing the top three local winners which will receive a certificate, plaque and cash prize (dependent on acquisition of financial sponsorship).

What about licensing and copyrights?

  • All solutions built at the event must be submitted under an open source license that permits the free and open dissemination of the work. NASA and its local partner organizations do not own the rights nor are committed to utilize any solution developed during the event. See NASA’s legal statement for more information. Check it out at

Can people start working on the challenges as soon as they are published?

  • We appreciate the enthusiasm of participants who want to start as early as possible, but we ask that participants start the actual work at the hackathon itself. The 48-hour hackathon is designed to inspire innovative ideas and develop solutions in a collaborative, team environment, and participants are not expected to have a fully developed project at the end.

What do we need to bring during the hackathon?

  • We suggest bringing your own laptop PC, adapters, extension wires and necessary equipment to help you create your solution. Although we will be providing a WiFi connection, we suggest you bring your own pocket WiFi to ensure great internet speed. Bring good vibes and a lot of energy!

Should we only build applications?

  • We are not limiting your ideas, so it doesn’t really have to be an application. There will be challenges that involve robotics, data visualization, hardware, design, and many other elements. Also, you don’t need to have coding skills to participate. You can build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions that contribute to space exploration and solve global challenges that focus on improving life on earth. In fact, most teams will benefit from having non-programmers working with them.

What is the criteria for local and global judging?

  • Impact: How much impact (quality and quantity) can this project have? Does it solve a big problem or a little problem? Will it inspire or help many, or a few?

  • Creativity: How creative/innovative is the approach? Is the project novel and something that hasn’t been attempted before, or is it an incremental improvement on something that already exists?

  • Validity: Is the solution scientifically valid? Will it do what it sets out to do? Can it work in the real world?

  • Relevance: Is this project responsive to the challenge for which it was submitted? Is it a complete solution or does it have a long way to go? Is it technically feasible? How usable or user friendly is the solution?

  • Presentation: How well did the team communicate their project? Were they effective in telling the story of the project: the challenge, the solution, and why it is important?

What is the format for teams to present their projects to judges?

  • At the end of the second day of the Space Apps hackathon, teams will take turns presenting their projects to the judges. Each team presentation should be short (3-5 minutes each, depending on the number of teams). The presentation is the opportunity for each team to highlight its work for the judges to see.

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