Cross Campus Pasadena

87 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103 Pasadena, CA USA

April 23, 2016 @ 9:00amApril 24, 2016 @ 4:00pm
Registration for Space Apps is Closed

NASA Space Apps Pasadena presented by Microsoft Azure

1st Place: Scintilla (GLOBAL WINNER - BEST USE OF DATA)
2nd Place: Jarvis Sensor System
People's Choice: Holocube

Why Pasadena?

Even before the infamous early rocket engine tests were taking place in the Arroyo Seco, Pasadena was at the epicenter of innovative and adventurous research that challenged traditional thinking and advanced human knowledge. That approach has led to many exciting advancements with the Mars Rover, DNA Sequencer, CMOS Semiconductor, and the Richter scale all being tied to Pasadena.

Pasadena is home to leading science, research, and design institutions and we're happy and honored to join the list of esteemed cities around the world that are participating in the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge.

What is NASA Space Apps?

Each year, the NASA Space Apps Challenge brings together talented creators in cities around the world to solve challenges and create innovative solutions that could help change the world.

Anyone interested in creative problem solving can get involved in Space Apps! Teams will consist of more than just engineers and scientists (although they are obviously welcome)! Storytellers, artists, designers, musicians, entrepreneurs, students, teachers, hackers and more are all welcome to get involved to showcase their ingenuity and talents in the pursuit of creating compelling solutions. Space Apps participants will choose challenges from six categories: Aeronautics, International Space Station, Solar System & Beyond, Technology, Earth and the Journey to Mars.

The 2016 NASA Space Apps Pasadena event will take place Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th at Cross Campus, Pasadena. Sign-in will begin at 9am on Saturday morning and the event will conclude with teams presenting their solutions on Sunday afternoon.

We will also be hosting two pre-event Meet Ups and NASA's Women In Data Bootcamp. Please continue reading to learn more!

Meet Ups

In preparation for the main event, there will be two pre-event meet ups for everyone interested in the NASA Space Apps Pasadena event. These meet ups will cover how to choose a challenge, form/join a team, and work with NASA data. You'll hear NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and from our sponsors who are offering some great access to their products and platforms to help you with your projects.

The first meet up will take place Thursday, March 24th at the soon-to-be-opened Hackaday Design Lab in Pasadena. Attendees will get a sneak peak at this amazing new space.

The second meet up will take place Tuesday, April 12th at the historic main offices of the Carnegie Observatories. Both meet ups will provide participants with key insight and info in preparation for the main weekend event as well as special presentations from JPL and Carnegie Observatories.

Please go to to sign up for the meet ups now!

Space Apps Women In Data Bootcamp

The Space Apps Women In Data Bootcamp is a day-long pre-hackathon event that takes place on Friday, April 22nd, the day before the NASA Space Apps Challenge.

The Women In Data Bootcamp is meant to broaden the base of hackathon participants and bring an even greater diversity of skills and perspectives���particularly from women and girls—to address challenges on Earth and in space.

Please click on the "DATA BOOTCAMP" button at the top of this page more information and to register for the NASA Women in Data Bootcamp!

How/When Do I Form A Team?

You can form your team at any time. If possible, we recommend that you form at least the foundation of your team prior to the event. You can then complete your team by adding 'free agents' at the event to round out your team. Please use our two pre-event meet ups (see above) to form or find your team! You can also use our Hackpad page to look for or find a team. Feel free to use our Twitter (@SpaceAppsPAS) and Facebook page to advertise your skills and look for a team as well.

If you do not have a team prior to the Space Apps weekend - don't worry!!! Register and show up and we'll make sure that you find a team that can benefit from your skills and insights.

Where Is The Data?

Use the following resources on this Github page to supplement your solutions to each Space Apps challenge!

You'll also find contact info for the challenge owners of each Challenge page on this site. Feel free to reach out to them with questions and for clarifications.

Be sure to visit to explore NASA data sets and familiarize yourself (and your team) with the data prior to the Space Apps Challenge event.

Check out our Hackpad HERE for information about specific projects as well as general information about the event.

Sponsor Support

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of sponsors supporting Space Apps Pasadena this year. They have made generous offers of their products and the expertise to help enhance your Space Apps experience. Please take a minute to read through their offers and see which (or all) are the best fit for your team and project. Please reach out to them with questions!

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft has made available FREE cloud credits to Microsoft Azure. Jump start your project with Azure and API resources available at: If you need technical help with your hack, email the Microsoft Team at: As a reminder, Microsoft is also offering the Microsoft Azure Challenge designed to complement existing Space Apps Challenges. Leverage one or more Microsoft Azure services to develop an innovative solution to any of the 2016 Space Apps Challenges and your solution could be eligible win the Microsoft Azure Challenge.

Intel Inside®. Amazing Experiences Outside.

Intel Innovators will be attending the hackathon and available to work with you on incorporating Intel technology into your project. To plan ahead, go to We will make 60 Intel® Edison development boards and 60 Grove Starter Kits available at the hackathon. Connect with the Intel team at this event and discuss your project ideas to gain access to these free resources. Use Intel® Edison in your innovative Space Apps Challenge project and you could be eligible to win a fun prize for the “Best Use of Edison!”

Technical details for this hardware can be located at and

Rapidly move from prototype to production with Intel® IoT at


Want to build a cool app using NASA data? Socrata's data platform powers, NASA's master listing of all publicly-available datasets, charts, and APIs. The platform offers powerful APIs to NASA tabular data loaded on the platform and discovery possibilities for a wealth of other resources. Check out and don't forget to register for an application token at

Socrata will award a prize to the team whose solution makes best use of the data available on site and the integrated Socrata APIs. Please visit and to learn more about how to best use Socrata API’s in your projects. If you require technical assistance, please contact to


The Supplyframe Design Lab will choose a winning team (up to 3 people) who builds something physical, or has a well-thought out physical add-on to a software application.

The team will receive a 2-month residency in the Supplyframe Design Lab and $2,000 for each month that they participate in the residency. The Supplyframe Design lab is located in Pasadena and offers world-class fabrication tools and mentors. Make something impactful!

What Do I Need to Bring?

Please bring whatever you think you will need to create your solution. We will provide power and internet access but you are responsible for bringing your own laptop, soldering gun, lasers, abaci (or abacuses), etc. Our sponsors will be generously making a variety of tools available for your use. Please follow our social sites, attend the pre-event meet ups, and check here often to learn more!

Also, please consider bringing a reusable water bottle or coffee cup. We're hoping to limit our waste as much as possible. Thank you!

Code of Conduct

Space Apps Pasadena is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please visit to view our complete Code of Conduct prior to registering or attending our event.

Event Information

WHO: Artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, developers, designers, students, teachers, hackers, etc. 16 years old and older.

WHAT: NASA Space Apps Pasadena presented by Microsoft Azure

WHEN: NASA Space Apps Pasadena starts Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 9am. The event will end Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 4pm.

WHERE: Cross Campus, 87 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

ADMISSION: There is no cost to participate in the event. Sign ups for the NASA Space Apps will open soon!

Public Transportation

If you're taking the Metro to Space Apps Pasadena you'll want to take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. From there it's just half a block to Cross Campus at 85 N Raymond Ave. Here's more info on the Gold Line route and stations:

There are many busses that service Pasadena and stop within a block of Cross Campus. Please check here for specific details:


There is metered street parking available around Cross Campus, but this is not advised as a parking strategy! Meters are strictly and aggressively enforced in Pasadena. We suggest the following parking options instead:

- Unified Valet Parking 48 N. Raymond Ave ( $7 Sun-Thur, $10 Fri-Sat)

- Marriott Park & Walk 171 N. Raymond Ave (90min free, $2/hr after, $6 daily max)

- Holly St. Parking Structure 150 East Holly St. ($6 daily max, Sat/Sun $5)

- 48 N. Raymond Ave ($7 daily max)

- One Colorado Public Parking Garage 20 E. Union St. ($2/30 mins, $6 daily max, evening and weekends $6)


Saturday, April 23rd

• 09:00 Registration opens

• 10:00 Welcome & Introductions

• 10:30 Start creating!

• 12:30 Lunch

• 18:30 Dinner

• 19:30 Continue through to midnight!

Sunday, April 24th

• 08:00 Start back up!

• 09:00 Logistics update

• 12:00 Submission deadline and lunch

• 13:00 Presentations to the judges

• 15:00 People's Choice voting

• 15:45 Winners announced

• 16:15 Wrap & Refreshments

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