NASA Guest Speaker 2018

EVENT 2018


NASA Guest Speaker 2018

EVENT 2018

Global Event 2018 in Numbers


Our Special Guest Speakers

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Dr. Patricia A. Jacobberger,

Ph.D, Senior Advisor of the Earth Science Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate. 

She is Senior Advisor in NASA’s Earth Science Division. She has responsibility for the development and coordination of collaborations in Earth system science and observations, and leads NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge.

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Lt Col Tucker "Cinco" Hamilton
An Experimental Fighter Test Pilot for the United States Air Force. He is also the Director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force and Commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He directs an integrated team of over 1,000 active duty, government civilians, and contractors in the planning, execution and reporting of F-35 Developmental Testing.


2018 Awards


2018 Awards


Space Apps 2018 included over 18,000 participants at more than 200 events in 75 countries. Space Apps offers local and global awards. Solutions with intriguing and innovative insights and compelling storytelling rise to the top in the judging process. Global award winners receive an invitation to NASA to attend a rocket launch, as well as bragging rights among their peers and community. NASA executives will select the Global Award winners. 

Congratulations to our star solvers from Sydney on their out-of-this-world work on 2018!

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Global First Winner

Best Mission Concept

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An educational, problem solving, and collaborative VR game for kids using NASA and planetary data simulating realistic space environment to learn, play, grow and connect with space lovers.


Global Nominee

Sydney Second Winners and Global Nominee

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RocketPal was developed to provide space enthusiasts with the ability to track international space missions - past, present and future. ...

Sydney Third Winners

Sydney Most Inspirational Project and Global Nominee



Beacon is a web and sms integrated service that collates real-time bush fire data through crowd-sourcing and satellite imagery, cutting down traditional fire detection methods of hours to just minutes so people can make the right escape protection decision ...


Workshops 2018


There will be educational workshops for you!

Workshops 2018


There will be educational workshops for you!

The followings are the workshops provided by our sponsors to help you up-skill and build more professional solutions. Please refer to our Agenda to find out about the times of the workshops.


Open Innovation and Ideation: How to build a winning solution

The session will be an interactive workshop, teaching participants to use techniques to narrow down the aspects of the challenge they want to work on, and come up with the effective, creative and innovative solution. Other than a whole lot of fun and games the agenda includes:

  • Impact Mapping

  • Event Storming

  • Pairing and Mobbing

  • Value Slicing


Creating Voice Experiences with Amazon Alexa Skills: From Idea to Testing

This session will walk you through how to build an Alexa skill, how to implement an intent, deploy to AWS Lambda, and how to register and test a skill. You’ll walk out of the session with knowledge of how to bring your idea to life with voice and Alexa skills.

Learning outcomes:
· Understand Alexa Skills building fundamentals
· Dive into Voice Design and Voice User-Interface
· How to build engaging voice experiences

Amazon Alexa will also be providing Echo’s as a prize for the winning team in the “Best use of Voice category”

Attendees can create a free Alexa developer account with the instructions below in preparation for the hackathon with the instructions below:
· Create an www.amazon.com.au account.
· Sign in to the Alexa developer account using the same email for your amazon.com.au account by going to this website:https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit/anz.
· Sign up for an AWS account (www.aws.amazon.com) if you don’t already have one. Complete the verification steps for enabling an Amazon verified account, including payment details, profile info, and phone verification as applicable.

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The fastest way for developers to build, deploy, and scale containerised apps in the public cloud. 

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Engaging and enticing your audience with Canva presentations

Anyone who’s given a presentation knows how nerve-wracking it can be. Your voice can give out, your laptop can fail, and your left leg can shake uncontrollably. But with a bit of preparation and some beautifully designed slides, you can keep your audience entertained – and keep your nerves in check. Canva is a design tool used by non-designers and professionals alike, making it the perfect tool for you to quickly, easily and professionally bring your ideas to life.

You will leave this session with:

- Some basic design principles to make sure your presentation is looking it's best

- You'll learn how to structure your presentation to make it epic

- And gain an understanding of how the Canva Editor works


Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank You!


Lastly, BIG thank you to...

We wouldn't be able to run an event of this caliber without the help of some incredible mentors, judges and sponsors. Helping us with everything from guiding and mentoring teams, logistics and planning, to making connections, and sponsoring in kind to allow us to take the event to the next level, we're excited to be working alongside these amazing people:

Venus Izadi
Juliano Mohr
Ali Fard
Brendan Haesler 
Andreas Antoniades
Azi Farjad

Brian Lim
Tim Parsons
Suzan Majeed
Adrian Gigante
Ryan Cross
Fawzi Harfouch
Donna Lawler
Azi Farjad
Roman Petrenko
Mudassir Ali
Christian Iacullo
Anton Egorov
 Juliano Mohr
Ali Fard
Andreas Antoniades

Organisers & Vulenteers
Venus Izadi
Amy Bui
Nimish Shete
Ada Song
Dawn Hui
Michael Rohrbach
Nahid Kermani
Kia Mehr
Taofiq Huq
Gavan Huang
Alexander Le Poer Trench
Mahsa Alaeifar
Avanish Shrestha


Our Amazing Sponsors

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Thinking about joining the sponsors for 2019? Get in touch with us.