Space Apps Local Leads host Space Apps Challenge Local Events. They are inclusive leaders of their local space and science communities who bring problem solvers and innovative thinkers together to solve real challenges on Earth and space!
The 2023 Local Lead application is now closed
Local Leads play a critical role in the success of each year’s NASA International Space Apps Challenge by hosting local events.
Local Leads are responsible for participant recruitment, event planning, and coordination. As a Local Lead, you will also coordinate local sponsors, speakers, and community collaborations.
The Space Apps Global Organizing (GO) Team guides Local Leads through the hackathon preparation process and will provide you the information and support you need to succeed.
Local Leads are approved on an individual basis and only one Local Lead is approved per location. Once approved, Local Leads must attend Space Apps Challenge Global Planning Calls with hundreds of other Local Leads around the world. Global Planning Calls create an environment for Local Leads to learn new skills, network, and design inclusive events. Many Local Leads find new inspiration from others in different communities. We’ve seen Local Leads from opposite sides of the globe develop connections and learn from each other how to become stronger, more inclusive leaders in their communities!
Local Leads gain unique experiences while supporting Space Apps. They have the opportunity to work with the Space Apps GO Team, interact with NASA Challenge Authors, and network with a diverse global community of like-minded space and science thinkers, doers, and problem solvers.
Join the Space Apps Global Community and work alongside NASA and its Space Agency Partners by becoming a Local Lead. The Space Apps GO Team supports Local Leads and participants in 160+ countries and territories.
As a Local Lead, you become a champion of the NASA International Space Apps Challenge by recruiting members of your local community to participate in the annual Space Apps Challenge hackathon event.
Local Leads facilitate a positive experience for all local hackathon participants and are responsible for nominating top projects for Global Judging. While Space Apps selects exceptional projects each year as Global Award Winners, Local Leads also often recognize notable teams and projects locally. If you are passionate about creating opportunity and highlighting your community, we encourage you to apply to become a Local Lead!
If you are interested in bringing a Space Apps Challenge Local Event to your community, we encourage you to apply to be a Local Lead!
Applications will open in February 2024. In the meantime, you can fill out the 2024 Local Lead Interest Form HERE.
Fill out an application for the city or town where you wish to hold a Space Apps Local Event. You will need to fill out one application per city or town.
The Space Apps GO Team carefully reviews all applications that are submitted against evaluation criteria.
The Space Apps GO Team will reach out to let you know if your application has been approved or denied.
From the moment you receive approval, you can begin the hackathon event planning process. We recommend you begin by thinking through the logistics of your Local Event, reaching out to potential collaborators, and asking others to join your support team.
Before applying, make sure you understand the roles and responsibilities of a Local Lead. Review the evaluation criteria and ask yourself the following questions for consideration.
Can I source/recruit the partners, supporting teammates, Local Collaborators, and Local Judges needed to help make my local event possible?