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by Communications Team on February 9, 2016  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Space_Apps-1JoSpace_Apps-2hns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Lab (APL) is once again sponsoring the International Space Apps Challenge.  This is a free, 2 day brainstorming event that NASA sponsors, from April 23 – 24, 2016. The International Space Apps Challenge is a global event composed of more than 100 local events and virtual participation from individuals around the world.  The event involves technology development that draws on the talents and initiative of bright minded volunteers – developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a passion and desire to make an immediate impact on the world.

Participants get to demonstrate the application of their untapped, unexpected, uncharted expertise in helping organizations solve tough challenges. ISAC is about rethinking and remixing what is known with what isn’t, and creating a pipeline for introducing and implementing new or recombinant ideas.

ISAC focuses on the challenges of space exploration and social needs and empowers citizens around the world to solve those challenges. The event involves a broad group of diverse participants in collective deliberation and action focused on generating innovative and relevant solutions to pressing problems. The exploration of space is, by necessity, a unified international effort – and diversity of experience and perspective inevitably produces a better product.

ISAC draws on the talents and initiative of people from around the world, who volunteer their time to respond to real-world problems. Each team chooses a challenge from one of the event themes (categories) and designs a response to that challenge. The themes for 2016 are: Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Technology, Earth and Journey to Mars.

The local ISAC 2016 event runs from 9 AM to 10 PM Saturday 4/23/16  & 9 AM to 4 PM on Sunday 4/24/16

Location is JHU APL

11101 Johns Hopkins Road

Laurel, MD 20723

Building 200 Lobby (Located at the South Campus directly across from the Main Campus)
Participants are not required to remain in Building 200 during the entire event, but must have a presenter present during the presentation portion of the event on the 24th.  All ages are welcome, but 13 years and up are encouraged. Those participants under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult the entire time that they are at the event, and may not stay at the Lab past 10 p.m. Groups of young participants must be supervised by 1 adult. Visit the 2016 Space Apps Challenge web site and click on REGISTER to sign up before the challenge.

Participants can register at the beginning of the event as well.  If you are not a part of a team and would be interested in joining a team when you arrive the day of the event, simply let someone in registration know and they will do their best to find you a team to join. There is no guarantee that a team will be available for you to join and you may have to work on your own.  Unfortunately no, sleeping materials, such as sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and the like, will not be allowed. However, we will have a quiet area setup for you to rest up when needed.  See FAQ, Flyer and Poster for additional information. Questions? Please send an email to

or contact:

Wesley Jenkins, Space Exploration Sector

Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory

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