I am sharing this opportunity shared with me by the awesome folks at iHub Niagara! Canadians, click the links below! Please direct any questions to Anamaria – email below!

We’re spreading the word about a FREE ONLINE HACKATHON taking place October 2-4 and thought you’d know (or be one of our) awesome mentors, sponsors, workshop facilitators or participants! Attached are relevant materials and below are event details you can read and act or spread the word to your own network if this event isn’t applicable to you or your team!

What is Space Apps? The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is an intense 48-hour international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. This year, the Challenge will be hosted from October 2 to 4, 2020 entirely virtually, leveraging a Canada-wide Discord server. The virtual nature of this event will allow participants to join forces with other Canadian locations to make this event even larger and encourage participants from across Canada to interact with all mentors and sponsors. With various workshops and networking opportunities planned, this event is an excellent way to apply knowledge that you learn in a classroom setting, into a real-world product. 

What is the theme of the event? The theme is — “Take Action” — is a critical reminder that you can make a difference, even from the comfort and safety of home. View the challenges for this year here. 

Who can register for the event? This event is open to ALL those who are passionate or looking to explore space and you can register here. The Canada-wide event is accepting all ages but for youth in Kindergarten to Grade 12 who may feel more comfortable participating in a youth-only event, there is a specific event stream called “Toronto Youth” exclusively for K-12 participants, register for that stream here.

Interested in the K-12 Stream? Join this Bootcamp: K-12 students who are new to or have never participated in a Hackathon can get a head-start and acquire new skills by joining a webinar series a week prior to the event, “Blast Off To Hackerspace”. Register here!

I don’t want to “hack”, how else can I support the event? Mentor! Consider joining as a mentor or facilitating a workshop on a space-related or personal development topic! Read more about what this looks like, specific to stream below as there will be specific channels for each location. Also see attached Mentor Recruitment document!

  • Mentoring K-12 Participants Exclusively*Click this link 
  • Mentoring at the All-Ages EventClick this link
  • Presenting a Workshop for K-12 Participants Exclusively*: Click this link 
  • Presenting a Workshop for the All-Ages Event:  You can choose to run your workshop however you’d like! A few options could be pre-recorded & then post to our Youtube Channel, live through zoom, pre-recorded workshop with live Q&A etc. Durations can range from 30-90 minutes. Click this link.

*Privacy Note:Since the Toronto Youth event is centered around a younger crowd, their channel will need to be private and invite-only to ensure only participants and approved mentors are allowed in. If you are an approved K-12 mentor, you are welcome to mentor both channels if interested!

We appreciate your support in promoting this valuable STEM-learning opportunity!


Kind Regards,

the ihub Team

Anamaria Dragoi, OCT, MSEd, MEE
Manager of Innovation and Academic Engagement

Educational Research & Innovation Hub (ihub)

905.641.2929 x 54012


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