What is it?

The SpaceApps Challenge

The NASA international SpaceApps challenge is an annual 48 hours hackathon organized by NASA and local hosts around the globe. The challenge addresses the great challenges we are facing on Earth and in space by connecting NASA's data with coders, makers, designers and dreamers around the world.
This year the hackathon will be held in Hong Kong for the first time, and you can join us free of charge!
Where
City University of Hong Kong
When
Friday to Sunday
October 18 to 20, 2019
Challenge Date

Event Countdown

Our Judges

Judging Committee

Prof. Tei Wei Kuo

Dean of College of Engineering City University of Hong Kong

Prof. Tei Wei Kuo

City University of Hong Kong

Prof. Xiaohua Jia

Head of Department of Computer Science City University of Hong Kong

Prof. Xiaohua Jia

City University of Hong Kong

Mr. Fred Yung

Adjunct Professor Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Mr. Fred Yung

Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Hon. Charles Mok

Legislative Councillor (I.T.) Legislative Council of Hong Kong

Hon. Charles Mok

Legislative Council of Hong Kong

Mr. Edward Chan

Senior Manager, Business Development Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (HKSTP)

Mr. Edward Chan

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (HKSTP)

Mr. George Chen

Head of Public Policy (HK & Taiwan) Facebook

Mr. George Chen

Facebook

Mr. Anthony Circharo

Economic Officer U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau

Mr. Anthony Circharo

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau

Dr. Chee Wei Tan

Associate Professor of Computer Science City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Chee Wei Tan

City University of Hong Kong
Our Speakers

Invited Speakers

Hon. Charles Mok

Legislative Councillor (I.T.) Legislative Council of Hong Kong

Hon. Charles Mok

Legislative Council of Hong Kong

Mr. Fred Yung

Adjunct Professor Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Mr. Fred Yung

Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Mr. Chun Wing Choy

Scientific Officer Hong Kong Observatory

Mr. Chun Wing Choy

Hong Kong Observatory

Mr. Hang Wai Tong

Scientific Officer Hong Kong Observatory

Mr. Hang Wai Tong

Hong Kong Observatory
Event Program

Tentative Schedule

This year's Hong Kong SpaceApps Challenge will be run in a "distributed" manner. All the participants are required to come to the City University of Hong Kong on October 18 (Friday) for registration and team forming, and they will be dismissed to work on their projects remotely. All teams must submit their finished projects by 7:00 AM, October 20 (Sunday) so our judging committee can shortlist the outstanding teams by noon. The shortlisted teams will then be invited to the City University of Hong Kong again for a final round of pitching and award ceremony.
In case of inclement situations on Sunday, we allow virtual pitching. Just send us your pitching/demo videos and let us know, and we will play the videos to the judges.
  • 18th October, 2019
    Friday
  • 19th October, 2019
    Saturday
  • 20th October 2019
    Sunday
17:30 PM

Participants Check-in

  • LT3, Academic Building 1, CityU

Light refreshment will be served. Please note that on-site registration will not be accepted.
18:00 PM

Opening Ceremony

  • LT3, Academic Building 1, CityU

Brief opening by our organization team and our sponsors. Participants coming without a team will be given time to form teams with others.
19:00 PM

Challenge Begins

  • Anywhere in Hong Kong

The teams will be dismissed to work on the projects remotely. However they are required to post regular updates and milestones of their works on their own team page. Example: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org/challenges/can-you-build/design-based-nature-fusion/teams/tabbyrangers/project
12:00 NN

Optional Mentoring Session

  • B6605, Academic Building 1, CityU

The hackathon participants can come back to CityU and consult our experienced mentors and judging team any questions they encountered during their project development.
14:00 PM

Invited Talks

  • B6605, Academic Building 1, CityU

Talks given by the invited speakers. The talks are optional for the hackathon participants, but you are encouraged to come to sessions you find interesting.
15:00 PM

Workshops

  • B6605, Academic Building 1, CityU

Workshops given by the invited speakers. The workshops are optional for the hackathon participants, but you are encouraged to come to sessions you find interesting.
7:00 AM

Project Submission Deadline

  • Anywhere in Hong Kong

All teams participating in the hackathon are required to stop working and push their code to GitHub. All presentation materials (including videos and slides) should also be uploaded to a designated Google Drive folder.
8:30 AM

Announcement of Shortlisted Teams

  • LT4, Academic Building 1, CityU

The judging committee will shortlist some outstanding teams and inform all participants the result through email.
9:30 AM

Light Breakfast

  • LT4, Academic Building 1, CityU

10:00 AM

Demo/Presentation by Shortlisted Teams

  • LT4, Academic Building 1, CityU

The shortlisted teams will be invited to CityU to do a final round of pitching, so we can choose the best teams to be nominated to NASA to compete with other excellent teams around the world! Other teams are also welcome to join and learn from others.
11:30 PM

Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks

  • LT4, Academic Building 1, CityU

12:00 NN

Award Lunch for the Global Nominees

  • LT4, Academic Building 1, CityU

The top two teams (the global nominees) will be invited to the CityU Chinese Restaurant to have lunch with our judges, organization team members and volunteers.
Talks and Workshops

SpaceCraft

To promote space innovation and encourage the learning of physics, on October 19th (Saturday), we are organizing a half-day event called SpaceCraft dedicated to secondary school students. Students would be invited to the City University of Hong Kong to listen to inspiring talks from our invited speakers. They can also participate in workshops on AI chatbot programming and physics, and play some educational space-themed games. Outstanding students in the workshops will be selected and awarded on October 20th (Sunday).
The available seats are limited, so registration on Eventbrite is required.
14:00 PM - 15:00 PM

Living in a Warming World (活在暖化的世界)

  • B6605, Academic Building 1, CityU

  • Mr. Chun Wing Choy & Mr. Hang Wai Tong

15:00 PM - 16:00 PM

[Workshop] Fly Me to the Moon: Physics behind Space Exploration

  • B6605, Academic Building 1, CityU

Who's behind it?

Organization Committee

Alex Ling

Committee Chairman / Web Master

Peter Yu

Vice Chairman / Director of Publicity

Ching Nam Hang

Vice Chairman / Director of Data Science Innovation

Man Fai Wong

Vice Chairman / Director of Software Innovation

Raiman Chong

Vice Chairman / Director of Design Innovation

Jack Wu

Director of Algorithmic Innovation

Kelly Yiu

Director of Marketing

Dr. Chee Wei Tan

Judging Committee Chairman

Emily Chan

Volunteer

Christa Cai

Volunteer

Frankie Tam

Volunteer

Serag Heiba

Volunteer
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