NASA Space Apps Challenge
Mississauga Youth Edition

Have you ever heard of or joined a hackathon? Are you under the age of 18 and curious to see how far you can take your unique set of skills and interests to solve real-world problems?

The NASA International Space Apps Challenge (Space Apps) is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and innovators. During the hackathon, teams from cities around the world engage the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its Space Agency Partners’ free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. We support teams who work on challenges hosted by either NASA or the Canadian Space Agency!

We are excited to be a local host of the annual of the NASA Space Apps Challenge! We have been hosting annually since 2020. Our event in Mississauga is perfect for youth under 18 who may not have any prior hackathon experience but are curious and want to solve space challenges. We particularly gather mentors and resources for youth to access. We want to give everybody an opportunity to tackle a hackathon challenge.

This event runs over a full weekend in early October. It will be a fun weekend of creating, learning, and problem solving while making new friends, and meeting many space or STEAM professionals.

Any questions can be enquired at Further updates will be shared with those who register as we get closer to the main event.

Fill out our survey to help us understand what your needs are as a youth hackathon participant.

REGISTER NOW for the Space Apps Event by selecting the “Register” button below.

This event will take place over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, 2022.

Note for Parents/Guardians: An adult must be available to accompany youth if participant is under the age of 13 on Discord.

Tech Requirements: Must have access to an internet browser, Zoom, Google Classroom (optional, but recommended), and Discord.


Highlights from Our Past Space Apps Challenge Events

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Frequently Asked Questions

YES! The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an all-inclusive event for artists, storytellers, coders, engineers, etc! Everyone can participate in this event. Our event is specific to the Mississauga region in Ontario, Canada. Check out the main website to find a location near you!

You do not need to come ready with a team to participate. There will be opportunities during the kick-off event and in the Discord server to meet other people participating at the event. You can create a team during the event. All teams submitting a solution to any challenge must be between 2-6 people in strength.

Make sure you have the following in order to have an enjoyable time at the event:

  • A laptop or tablet device
  • Stable Wi-Fi connection
  • Discord (web or app)

Yes! There will be mentors during the duration of the event to help answer questions and provide guidance. We also encourage you to try out our self-paced workshop  Blast Off to Hacker Space event to gain experience approaching a hackathon. 

Sponsor our Hackathon

We welcome your support in making the space themed challenges especially the NASA Space Apps Challenge resources available to youth across Canada. Please fill in this form and indicate how you would like to support, we will respond and answer any questions you many have!