SURF Incubator

999 Third Ave, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98104 Seattle, WA USA

April 22, 2016 @ 5:00pmApril 24, 2016 @ 4:00pm
Registration for Space Apps is Closed

SURF Incubator (check us out at is excited to host this year's Space Apps Challenge. This is a great opportunity for technical and non technical to come together to work on truly interesting solutions. Developers, artists, marketers, product designers, hardware engineers, electrical engineers are all welcome. Join us in downtown Seattle for two days of hacking or remote from your own place. We will also be holding a pre-event bootcamp to get ready for the April 22-24 event.

Our location is accessible from all over western Washington by bus, light rail, and ferry. We're excited to add this professional hack-a-thon to the long list of more than 1,000 events we've hosted for Washington's highly-skilled and vibrant tech community.

Get a sense of the SURF hack-a-thon experience:

This event is for all tyes: artists, coders, UI/UX designers, architects, hardware engineers, electrical engineers, any any kind of hardware tinkerers.

This event is free to the public. But if you'd like to show off your company to an audience we keep captive for three days straight, contact Seaton.

Event Information

The Venue

Seattle Space Apps Challenge 2016 is held on the 7th Floor of the Wells Fargo building, also known as the "999 Third" building:
999 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 777-1177

We are:

  • Three blocks to Interstate-5
  • Three blocks to Washington State Ferry dock
  • Two blocks to Metro/LINK Pioneer Square Station and three blocks to Financial District Station
  • Direct access to Third Avenue transit corridor served by four regional bus systems


For those driving to the event, there is ample parking in the building, however SURF does not validate parking. Parking rates will be published here shortly. Parking in downtown Seattle is free on Sundays.


We don't yet have a sponsor for meals, but you are welcome to bring your own. You can store on site in our large refrigerators. Some of Seattle's best restaurants are near SURF. Other than an unlimited supply of coffee (which many in Seattle consider a food group), this event is not catered.

Since we expect to have minors in attendance, no alcohol is allowed in the venue.

What SURF Provides

SURF Incubator will provide the following during the event:

  • Gigabit wired connectivity (bring your own cable).
  • 300 Mbit WiFi for all of your wireless devices (please leave your access point/router at home)
  • Capacity for live online connection with other International Space Apps Challenge sites
  • Workspaces in conference rooms on a first-come-first serve basis
  • Plenty of open desk space and white boards.
  • Great views of the Puget Sound

You'll want to bring your own:

  • Power Strips and chargers
  • HDMI Cables and adapters
  • Dongles for networking or other devices you'll want to connect to.
  • Your own development boards (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc)
  • Your own whiteboard markers

While building security does not allow people to sleep on premesis, your projects are welcome to spend the night. We lock the doors promptly at 11:00 PM every evening.

Hack-A-Thon Survival Kit

Many people just bring a laptop and their creativity. However, we regularly see people show up with ever more interesting things in their toolkits. Here are some selected items you might find useful to bring:

  • Your favorite development kit (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, OMAP board, etc)
  • soldering irons and solder (no open flames permitted)
  • duct tape
  • motors and actuators
  • BLE beacons
  • white board markers
  • screws and connectors
  • breadboards
  • sketch pads and drawing supplies

Out of an abundence of caution, there are some activities that are not permitted:

  • no open flames
  • no blaring music

April 22, 2016:

5:00 Doors open and registration begins
6:00 PM Introductions and presentations
7:30 PM Pitches and team formations
8:00 PM Projects begin working
11:00 PM SURF closes for the night

April 23, 2016:

9:00 AM SURF opens
10:00 AM Coffee and bagels
12:00 PM Did you break for lunch?
6:00 PM Have you eaten dinner today?
8:00 PM A great time to start working on your presentation for tomorrow
11:00 PM SURF closes for the night

April 24, 2016

9:00 AM SURF opens
10:00 AM Coffee and bagels
1:00 PM Work Stops - Did you remember to eat lunch?
1:30 PM presentations begin
3:00 PM Awards!
4:00 PM Event ends

Congratulations! Job well done

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