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Now in its 13th year, the NASA International Space Apps Challenge (“NASA Space Apps Challenge”) is a global hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others, where teams can engage with NASA’s free and open data to address challenges we face on Earth and in space.

Each year, NASA partners with space agencies around the world to provide free and open data and expertise to global participants. They work to inspire collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking that fosters interest in Earth and space science, technology, and exploration. The program leverages this interest to encourage the growth and diversity of the next generation of problem solvers and explorers.

Each year, NASA Space Apps Navigators (“Navigators”) are recognized for their exemplary participation in the NASAl Space Apps Challenge. To be eligible to be a Navigator, applicants must have participated in the NASA Space Apps Challenge in some way (e.g., participant or Local Lead) at least 5 times, or demonstrated equivalent relevant experience in another NASA program. NASA Space Apps Navigators will also have the option to participate in additional opportunities during the hackathon, such as:

  • Responding to participant questions in Space Apps Connect
  • Creating a video that may be featured in the NASA Space Apps Challenge Virtual Bootcamp
  • Reviewing participant projects for quality

Navigators are NASA Space Apps Challenge community members who have demonstrated excellence in the program or excellence in relevant fields including, but not limited to: science, data, technology, and space. By recognizing these exemplary community members as Navigators, the hackathon connects the tens of thousands of NASA Space Apps Challenge participants with community expertise that can enhance participant problem solving.
What is the role of a NASA Space Apps Challenge Navigator?
  • The time commitment for the role of a NASA Space Apps Challenge Navigator is typically approximately 18 hours total, although it could be less. You will be expected to watch 2 hours of virtual training in order to assume the role. Typically, Navigators each participate 4-6 hours over the 2-day hackathon by supporting participants in the chat (October 5-6, 2024) and then 8-10 hours for reviewing solutions in the weeks following the hackathon, though this may vary.
  • You may participate in your Navigator role virtually from the comfort of home.
  • Attend the Preparation Webinars: Navigators will be invited to join two webinars. Navigators who opt to participate in reviewing participant projects will receive guidance on the reviewing process, presented in a webinar prior to the hackathon.
  • Sign up for Space Apps Connect Coverage: A week prior to the NASA Space Apps Challenge, Navigators will be invited to sign up for shifts to participate in Space Apps Connect, the hackathon’s chat platform hosted on Github, where all NASA Space Apps Challenge participants are invited to connect with one another and with the NASA Space Apps Global Organizing Team, Challenge Authors, subject matter experts, NASA Space Apps Challenge Global Collaborators, and NASA Space Apps Challenge Navigators. The shifts are time periods of 2 hours.
  • Engage with Participants in Space Apps Connect Discussions: Navigators engage participants in Discussions during the two-day hackathon, supporting participants in finding resources. Navigators often flag relevant questions for the NASA Challenge Authors and subject matter experts as needed. As such, you’ll be in touch with these NASA Challenge Authors and subject matter experts throughout the two days.
  • Record a Virtual Bootcamp Video (Optional): Navigators are also invited to record a 1-2 minute video/training to present a topic relevant to NASA Space Apps Challenge participants (for example, previous presentations have included developing hackathon projects/solutions, engaging with tech, succeeding at a hackathon, presenting projects/solutions, engaging with open data, etc.). NASA will review all videos prior to posting, and a media waiver is required in order for your video to be uploaded and hosted on the NASA Space Apps Challenge website, where it will premiere during the week prior to the event in our Virtual Bootcamp.

Thank you for your interest in continuing your NASA Space Apps Challenge journey as a NASA Space Apps Challenge Navigator! If you’d like to apply for this role, complete this application by June 30th, 2024.

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* 1. What is your first name?

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* 2. What is your last name?

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* 3. What is your organization or professional email?

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* 4. What is your city of residence?

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* 5. What is your country or territory of residence?

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* 6. Are you afflilated with and/or receiving funding from China or any Chinese-owned company in relation to your participation here? (‘China or Chinese-owned Company’ means the People's Republic of China, any company owned by the People's Republic of China, or any company incorporated under the laws of the People's Republic of China. Chinese universities and other similar institutions are considered to be incorporated under the laws of the People’s Republic of China.)

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* 7. How long have you been involved in the NASA Space Apps Challenge?

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