NASA Glenn Research Center

21000 Brookpark Road Cleveland, OH USA

April 22, 2016 @ 5:30pmApril 24, 2016 @ 5:00pm
Registration for Space Apps is Closed

We are excited to announce that for the second year in a row, the NASA Glenn Research Center will be hosting the Cleveland location for the International Space Apps Challenge. The event will take place April 22-24, 2016 in NASA Glenn’s beautiful, state-of-the-art Mission Integration Center.

Since the NASA Glenn Research Center is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, we will have that as our theme.

We have many exciting features this year including:

  • Two outstanding speakers
    • David L. Stringer, Director of the Plum Brook Management Office (Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force, Ret.)
    • Anne Mills, NASA Glenn History Officer
  • More subject matter experts to help participants
  • Many 3D printers
  • Oculus Rift, Kinects and Leap Motion devices available during the event.
    • Warning! The Oculus Rift requires a very powerful computer. The Rift does not work well, if at all, with laptops.
  • NASA librarians will be available for part of the event to help participants find information and data
  • NASA Trivia Game
  • Opportunity to purchase items from the NASA Glenn Exchange/Gift shop
  • Music by the NASA Glenn Band
  • Access to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft's developer toolkit
  • Tours:

Here are some photos from last year's event.

Participation is free!

Event Information

The NASA Glenn Research Center is located next to Cleveland Hopkins Airport. For directions, see this map. More details on badging and parking will be sent out a week before the event.

Free food will be provided: continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner on Saturday.

Please join us! Participants of all ages, skills, and experience levels are encouraged to sign up. This is much more than a software hackathon.

You MUST bring your own computer equipment. NASA Glenn will provide internet access, but WILL NOT provide computers for Challenge participants.

A local company, MakerGear, will be graciously bringing four (4) 3D printers for use by participants!

We will have a limited amount of Leap Motion, Oculus Rift, Intel RealSense and Kinect devices. Please note that displaying your Oculus Rift apps requires a very high performance computer. Laptops do not work. We will provide a computer capable of driving an Oculus Rift for actual testing with an Oculus.

A wealth of resources for your project work is available at

If minors want to participate in photos, they will need to sign photo release and consent forms.

Please take a moment to read the Space Apps Challenge FAQ and Legal pages.

Participation at the host location is restricted to U.S.Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), also known as Permanent Resident Aliens (PRAs) or Green Card Holders, U.S. Citizens Representing a Foreign Entity, and persons with multiple citizenships (one of which is U.S.)

Unfortunately, participants will not be allowed to stay on base overnight.


Here is the Agenda for the event:

Friday, April 22: 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Music by the NASA Glenn Band
  • Free food
  • 6:00 PM: Welcome
  • 6:15 PM: Presentation by David L. Stringer, Director of the Plum Brook Management Office (Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force, Ret.)
  • 7:00 PM: Overview of the event including rules and security issues
  • 7:15 PM: NASA history quiz with prizes !
  • 7:30 PM: Team forming
  • 8:00 PM: Stand-up with team leads
  • 9:00 PM: Wrap-up but doors will close at 10:00 PM
Saturday, April 23: 8:00 AM to midnight
  • 8:00 AM: Continental breakfast
  • 8:15 AM: Welcome and stand-up with team leads
  • 8:30 AM: Break into teams
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: NASA Glenn Exchange/Gift Shop available for item purchase - cash only
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: NASA librarians available for consultation
  • 12:00 PM:
    • Lunch
    • Presentation on the History of NASA Glenn by Anne Mills, NASA Glenn History Officer
  • 12:45 PM: Stand-up with team leads
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner
  • 6:30 PM: Stand-up with team leads
  • Teams can work up until midnight
Sunday, April 24: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • 8:00 AM: Continental breakfast
  • 9:00 AM: Stand-up with team leads
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch
  • 3:00 PM: Project presentations and awards
  • 5:00 PM: End of event
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