Baltimore/Washington Space Apps Challenge

April 12 - 13, 2014 at The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

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Anti-Harassment Policy

Space Apps Baltimore/Washington is dedicated to providing a harassment-free hackathon experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any hackathon venue, including talks. Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon at the discretion of the hackathon organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the hackathon organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the hackathon. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of hackathon staff immediately.

Hackathon volunteers will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the hackathon. We value your attendance.

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Announcing Ethan McMahon as a Judge

We are very pleased to announce that we will have Ethan McMahon visiting on Sunday as one of our judges!

Ethan is project manager for Space Apps and lives in the Baltimore/Washington area. He has been at the Environmental Protection Agency for 19 years and is on a one year detail to NASA to run Space Apps and work on Earth Data. While at EPA, he ran the Apps for the Environment Challenge, created the Data Finder and My Green Apps websites, developed EPA’s Information Access Strategy,  and led the development of the 2008 Report on the Environment Highlights Document [PDF]. he strongly believes that open data and engagement with customers is critical to changing behavior to be more productive and less impactful on the environment.

This is especially exciting for us, because normally, locations only submit 2 projects in each of 5 categories for global judging. But all projects at our locations will be seen by the Space Apps project manager, if you know what I’m saying ;)

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Fifty Challenges! Where Do I Start?



One of the things we are most proud of with the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge is the wealth high quality problem definitions that we have cultivated with dozens of partners from inside and outside NASA. But that leave us with an additional challenge on top of it all – where does…

Good advice here on how to pick a challenge out of all the possibilities. Another good way is to come to an event like ours and meet someone that has already chosen a challenge to work on. Bring your friends and make new ones!

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12-13 April - SpaceApps 2014 - Save the date!


Preparations for this year’s International Space Apps challenge are in full swing. Make sure to save the date (12-13 April, 2014). We are super excited!

The website is currently getting a small face lift is should be up an running in the next few days.  Registration will open around early March. Stay tuned for further details.