NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2015 - Bulgaria

will take place over a 48 hours on the 11-th and 12-th of April 2015

under the patronage of Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria

at betahaus - Sofia and Burgas Free University - Burgas

NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2015

Bulgaria will take part for the third year in NASA Intentional Space Apps Challenge. This is an event for mass collaboration, which is organised for the fourth year globally in the cities on all seven continents in the world.

This hackathon is part of a larger process of defining challenges relevant to earth and space, intensively working to prototype solutions, and subsequently refining and implementing the most promising prototypes.  The International Space Apps Challenge is a model for innovation. The ability to contribute towards solving meaningful challenges is the most important motivator for most participants in mass collaboration.



Space Apps Challenge 2014 - Sofia and Burgas

Bulgaria took part for the second year at Space Apps Challenge. The total number of developed projects in 2014 is more than 2013. On the final round, Bulgarian project Leaf Zone is among the top best projects in the Best Use of Data category

 Project Leaf Zone


Space Apps Challenge 2013 - Sofia 

In 2013г. Bulgaria took part in NASA International Space Apps Challenge for the first time. Among 44 countries, which took part in the event and 83 cities, Sofia - Bulgaria is ranked on the 4-th place, after NewYork - USA, Santiago - Chile and Toronto - Canada. The number of Bulgarian registered participants was 142. Bulgarian teams developed 24 projects.

Winners 2014


Best Use of Hardware - WED Weather Embedded Device

Best Use of Data - Leaf Zone

People's choice - nasa-nex-climate-changes


Best Use of Hardware - RAVEN

Best Use of Data - Pocket Gravity

People's choice - BFU ROVER

Winners 2013

First place - ChicksBookSecond place - GhOSTThird place - Moonville - Bootstraping of Space Industry

Bulgarian project ChicksBook is among the global six winners out of 770 developed projects globally. The project GhOST is among the six winners in the Best Mission Concept category.

Project - ChicksBook 

Project - GhOST



Everyone can participate. Hackathons are technology development marathons that draw on the talents and initiative of bright minded volunteers – programmers, developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a passion and desire to have an immediate impact on the world. They are open to anyone who has a passion for making a difference and are focused on developing real solutions to global challenges.


Registration will be available prior to the event and all individuals who are attending will need to register online on:

NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2015


Solutions can span the spectrum from concept ideation, to prototypes and working demos, to advanced applications ready for use. Each team will choose a challenge and will decide what solution/s to develop.








11 and 12 April 2015

The registration is open on

the 2d of March and

will continue until 11th of April.

Register on:


Sofia, betahaus


Burgas, Burgas Free University  


and virtual from any location in Bulgaria


Coming soon! 


Coming soon!



The challemges will be announced on the 11th of March 2015 on









  • Prof. DSc. Eng. Elena Shoikova

    Currently prof. DSc. Eng. Elena Shoikova is a professor at the State Uniwersity of Library Studies and Information Technologies. Until 2012 was a professor at the Technical University of Sofia. She is a holder of PhD and DSC degrees. She has significant post-qualification research experience (more than 35 years’ experience). Prof. E. Shoikova has wide experience in a leadership role in the Research Laboratory on E-learning Technologies and Standards at the Technical University – Sofia and research group at Virtech. Her scientific and teaching interests are in the following areas: interdisciplinary applied research and innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning, Cloud Computing; Open Educational Resources, Digital Repository, Knowledge Management; Social Computing Applications, SCORM, IMS learning Design, Competency-Based Education; Software Engineering, ECAD. Prof. Shoikova has been involved in more than 50 projects from FP, PHARE, TEMPUS, SOCRATES ERASMUS, LEONARDO DA VINCI, national and university programs. She features a demonstrated capability to exercise independence in research, as evidenced by senior authorship of publications and invited presentations at conferences(more than 240 research papers and books). Experience of successful supervision of PhD students and contributing to undergraduate project supervision and Masters dissertations on taught programmes.

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Petko Ruskov

    Professor Dr. Eng. Petko Ruskov has a long and extensive practice as an entrepreneur, trainer and consultant in the field of computer engineering. His experience in the technological entrepreneurship field consists in teaching subjects such as "Technology Entrepreneurship" and other innovative courses at universities in Bulgaria. He works on issues and projects for research, development and commercialization of technology and supervisors PhD students. He consultants and mentors student teams to participate in national, European and world competitions for business plans and innovative companies, including Intel Challenge, BizBarcelona, JA-YE, NASA International Space Apps Challenge and etc. Dr. Ruskov is a member of BizBarcelona Global Nominating Committee, JA Bulgaria, SAI and other institutions. He participates in editorial boards and program committees of several national and international journals and conferences. He has published three books and over 120 publications in journals and conferences.

  • Eng. Ivan Chichkov

    Ivan Chichkov is a professional with over 17 years in mobile software industry. Since 1997 works in Nokia as SW developer in Nokia Infrastructure business unit, SW Architect and consultant for S60 (Symbian) OS and lead for Samsung Symbian operations consultancy group bringing number of devices to market. From 2009 built Windows Phone competences for Nokia and Accenture and helped the adoption of Windows Phone platform. Since June 2013 leading the SW Development for Bianor in Sofia. Ivan has specialized in Mathematics and Computer Science with the help of Mathematics High school in Plovdiv and Helsinki University of Technology.

  • Assoc. Prof. PhD Milena Lazarova

    Lecturer at the Technical University of Sofia, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Computer Systems and Control, responsible for research activities and projects. Associate Professor Milena Lazarova has research interests in the field of satellite remote sensing, image analysis, pattern recognition, geographic information systems. She participated in and managed numerous research and development projects in this area. Milena Lazarova has also been a mentor of student teams that took part in several national, European and world competitions for software design and development (Microsoft Imagine Cup, NovaTech, Intel IBTEC Challenge). She has over 80 publications, 40 of which were presented at international conferences and published in international journals.

  • Prof. DrSc Andon D. Lazarov

    Prof. DrSc Andon D. Lazarov works in the scope of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems designed for monitoring Earth surface, moving objects on it, in the air and Space. He is a member of editorial and reviewer boards of many international journals in USA, Canada, China, and Greece. He is a member of the IEEE-AES Society of USA, Trans Black Sea Region Union of Applied Electromagnetism of Greece, URSI committee – France, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, organizing committees of URSI – conferences, Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST) – Turkey, RADAR 2011- China. He has authored above 150 journal and conference papers and two books issued by InTech-Croatia and Wiley-England. For advancement in digital avionics he has been awarded with the David Lubkowski Award by IEEE and AIAA–USA.

  • Prof. Dr. Stoyan Maleshkov

    Преподавател в Технически университет – София и в Нов български университет. Ръководител на Научно-лаборатория по Виртуална реалност в ТУ – София. Работи по  интердисциплинарни научни и приложни изследователски теми в направленията: автоматизация на инженерния труд и системи за автоматизирано проектиране, виртуална реалност, визуализация и компютърна графика . Специализант на фондация „Фулбрайт”. Ръководил е и е участвал в множество проекти по международни и национални програми, между които: 6РП, 7РП, ЮНИДО, ФАР, ТЕМПУС, СОКРАТ "Еразъм", Леонардо да Винчи, Microsoft Research.

  • Assoc.Prof. Dr. Petkov Doyno

    Deputy Director of the Institute for Space Research and Technology in BAS Member and Head of "International scientific cooperation programs" of BAS. He has also participated and managed many designs in the area of system analysis, design and computer applications (automation of scientific experiments) spectrometric measurements in remote sensing of the Earth and space, image processing and pattern recognition.

  • Raycho Raychev

    Raycho Raychev is founder of Space Challenges Program – . He graduated from the International Space University, University of Seville and Sofia University. Currently, he is coordinating the creation of cutting-edge aerospace projects.

  • Eng. Boris Kolev

    Young entrepreneur with extensive experience in creating and developing digital innovations. General Manager and founder of JT International Group - A Bulgarian group of startups and companies in the field of marketing and digital innovation. Managing Partner DigiMark - Bulgarian company developing mobile software ; Co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of "CSR Bulgaria" and the "Mastermind Foundation". Boris has an extensive experience as an entrepreneur and manager of innovative software projects, mobile platforms and solutions, implementation of innovative hardware solutions for corporate, industrial and marketing purposes. After the succesс of his first company Boris is awarded with "Europe`s Best Young Entrepreneurs" award by the BusinessWeek Worldwide magazine. Boris has serious experience in strategic planning, development consulting and mentoring of start-up business projects

  • Eng. Manol Roujinov

    Entrepreneur and consultant with extensive experience in the creation and development of technology projects. As a founder and partner he is deeply involved in the software design, development and deployment of platforms for mobile, cloud and business needs. An Internet enthusiast and open source and open standards advocate. He has experience in strategic planning, consulting and development of large and long-term software projects. Has expertise in the following technologies: Programming: UNIX, Linux, C, C++, PHP, Perl,Python, Java, .NET, SQL, PL/SQL, Cloud Map-reduce, Cloud-NOSQL; JavaScript, ActionScript; Android, IOS; Eclipse; TCP/IP, HTTP, SSL, XML, SOAP, HTML; Engineering Products: UNIX, Linux, Apache HTTPD, PostgresSQL, Oracle DB, Apache Cassandra, Hadoop, Android SDK; Software Design: Hardware and Software Architecture, Decomposition, Security, Network design; Distributed Data and Modules

  • Eng. Georgi Georgiev

    Head office Burgas TechnoLogica PLC, with over 8 years experience in design, development and implementation of information systems. NET, Web Forms, Windows Forms, WPF, WCF technologies, and Data Warehouse with Oracle RDBMS technology, APEX, Warehouse Builder, Data Integrator. Recently, with a particular focus on mobile platforms and hybrid solutions. Lecturer in various courses of Oracle, UML system analysis and management of requirements in the learning center TechnoLogica.



The event Space Apps Challenge 2015 - Bulgaria is organised through collaboration and partnership among science community, universities representatives, business organisations, NGOs and students volunteers.






betahaus | Sofia

betahaus | Sofia is the first coworking space in Bulgaria, one of the largest in the region and part of one of the most successful coworking networks in Europe with branches in Berlin, Barcelona, Hamburg, and Sofia. Based in the heart of Sofia, betahaus is one of the best event venues in city. We educate, entertain and boost a new generation of leaders. betahaus | Sofia brings together the best from the creative scene in Bulgaria — startups, founders, freelancers, VCs and innovators — from all sectors to inspire and be inspired."




Burgas Free University

Burgas Free University /BFU/ was established with an Act of The Great National Assembly on 18 September 1991, and is one of the first non-state universities in the country. The University is accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency and is certified under the International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008. BFU is a modern and innovative university, caring for its students and their professional realization, and which has significant academic achievements and an internationally recognized status. BFU is a member of the European Universities Association /EUA/. It has signed Agreements of Cooperation with 36 universities and organizations in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. It works under joint international projects with more than 100 universities and organizations. BFU is a partner of UNESCO under the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Prpgramme, and is a host institution of UNESCO Chair on Culture of Peace and Human Rights.




  • BAS - Space Research and Technology Institute

    The mission of SRTI-BAS is the conduct of fundamental and applied studies in the field of Space Physics, Remote Sensing of the Earth and Planets, and Aerospace Systems and Technologies. The priorities of SRTI-BAS are: solar-Terrestrial and Space Physics (solar wind, magnetospheric and ionospheric physics, high and middle atmospheric physics, space weather); high-energy astrophysics, galactic cosmic rays; medico-biological studies, space biotechnologies, heliobiology, telemedicine; design, development and transfer of methods, instrumentation and technologies for remote sensing of the Earth, regional and global monitoring of the environment and security; research in the field of obtaining and application of new superhard materials; development of innovative aerospace instrumentation and technologies, as well as their transfer to economy.

  • State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies

    In the last 7 years the State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (SULSIT) has become one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in Bulgaria.  Alongside the traditional specialties – Library Studies and Bibliography, Library Management, Print Communications and Computer Sciences, the University offers unique specialties such as Information technologies, Information Brokerage, Information Security, Information Collections of the Cultural and Historical Heritage, Information Resources of Tourism, Information Technologies in the Court Administration, Software Engineering. SULSIT has all forms and degrees of education, including the so-called PhD School. The University supports huge scientific research in the different areas where it provides educational services.

  • Burgas Free University

    Burgas Free University /BFU/ was established with an Act of The Great National Assembly on 18 September 1991, and is one of the first non-state universities in the country. The University is accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency and is certified under the International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008. BFU is a modern and innovative university, caring for its students and their professional realization, and which has significant academic achievements and an internationally recognized status. BFU is a member of the European Universities Association /EUA/. It has signed Agreements of Cooperation with 36 universities and organizations in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. It works under joint international projects with more than 100 universities and organizations. BFU is a partner of UNESCO under the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Prpgramme, and is a host institution of UNESCO Chair on Culture of Peace and Human Rights.

  • "Education and demographic issues" Directorate, Municipality of Burgas

    „Education and demographic issues“ Directorate is part of the specialized administration of the Municipality of Burgas. The Directorate coordinateс the activity of the municipal schools, kindergartens and auxiliary units for organization of the education process and interacts with the Ministry of Education and Science, in accordance with the requirements of the Public Education Act. The Directorate ensures and controls the compulsory preschooling of children and compulsory schooling of students up to the age of 16, the funds for the maintenance, construction, furnishing and overhauling of schools, kindergartens and auxiliary units, the means requisite for the fulfilment of the state educational requirements, as well as for financing all sections of the curriculum in municipal kindergartens, schools and auxiliary units. It also provides conditions for canteen catering, for boarding houses, recreation, sports facilities and transport for children, students and teachers. The experts from „Education and demographic issues“ Directorate develop and create conditions for implementation of municipal, national and international educational programmes and projects.

  • Junior Achievement

    Junior Achievement is the world’s oldest, largest and fastest-growing non profit economic education organization. JA Bulgaria educates and inspires young Bulgarians to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives.It prepares them to succeed in a global economy. Established in 1997, Junior Achievement Bulgaria is a member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAW) and its regional entity Junior Achievement –Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE). Junior Achievement Bulgaria is the first and foremost organization in Bulgaria offering top-notch programs and courses in business, economics and the development of the entrepreneurial spirit through educational and hands-on activities in economics, financial literacy, business skills, leadership and strategies for success. JA-YE enterprise and economic education programmes are designed for young people ages 6-25 and are implemented through a partnership between local businesses and schools.

  • NOVA Idea Foundation

    NOVA Idea Foundation supports young people in Bulgaria who want to turn their ideas into a successful business. We strive to create environment where entrepreneurs and young professionals flourish, to incubate companies with global outreach.

  • Space Challenges

    This is the biggest educational program in the field of space science and high-technologies in Bulgaria. The main idea is to create a stable and adequate space education at national level and foster innovative business solutions, led by young people. The initiative involves a range of leading experts from NASA, ESA, Caltech, MIT, Stuttgart University, French National Space Program, United Nations, Stanford University, University of Oxford and others. The goal is to develop creative solutions that would foster a strong connection between education and the economy. Our efforts are aimed at helping young people to acquire knowledge and skills and to apply those at creating innovative companies and organizations.






    ICN.Bg (Internet Corporated Networks) is the biggest Bulgarian web hosting company, specialized in providing state-of-the-art web hosting solutions for corporate clients as well as individuals. ICN.Bg offers shared hosting, cloud hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, colocation, domain names and much more. All our services are with world class quality and supported by a professional 24/7 technical support team, friendly attitude and competitive prices. 

  • Telebid Pro

    Telebid Pro is a software company providing expertise in the area of private cloud technologies and server solutions. Driven by technologies, innovations and creativity, the company has established a qualified team of 14 specialists with more than 10 years of experience in software design and development. The systems developed by Telebid Pro operate in more than 10 countries and continuously evolve in order to meet new opportunities and challenges.

  • digimark

    JT International is delivering the latest creative innovations in the marketing communications! Structured in several different brands and teams, JT is providing wide range of strategical solutions helping the business world to highly increase the effectiveness of their marketing communications. 


    Eurocom is a Bulgarian television channel with a national coverage. Eurocom is a private and an independent media that have launched a broadcasting since the 1996. The channel of Eurocom covers more than 6 million viewing audience in Bulgaria. Eurocom offers a thematic selection of various programs - news, talk show, series and sports


    Maksoft is a leading web design company in East Europe. We have created and maintain hundreds web sites with the unique Content Managment System. We have an alogrythms for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Online Reputation Managment (ORM). Maksoft is a wholesaler and importer of promotional pens, I-Pens, usb flash, lighters, keyholders, bags. 



  • Bulsatcom

    Bulsatcom  is a Bulgarian  Technology Company investing in innovations and modern technologies. It is the largest pay TV provider in Bulgaria offering over 100 digital TV channels (incl. exclusive content) as well as internet  access.

  • IDG.BG

    IDG.BG is a media web site focused on the geeky, nerdy side of life. Created by tech & science enthusiasts, its content covers various science,tech, web and sci-fi topics and the business news and trends related to them. In IDG.BG, you can find all sorts of red-hot geeky and nerdy stuff, like what new exciting discoveries NASA and ESA have just made, what happens on Mars, which are the newest mobile technologies and why it is fun to have them, what are the coolest web trends right now, which great sci-fi movie you should watch, how amazingly high is the price paid for the most expensive comic book ever, etc. The site also offers an Apps section where you can find a catalogue of lot of different kinds of apps for various OSs. Note that the application grants access to the latest news in the web site. It offers easy navigation and an option for quick sharing on Facebook and Twitter.elta 3 Real Estate TM is designed to meet the demand of individuals and corporate clients in real estate. The main activity of the company is consulting and brokerage for buying and selling, renting and leasing of apartments, offices, garages, houses, land, buildings, retail space. For this purpose, Delta 3 Real Estate has a young and ambitious team of professionals with extensive experience in real estate. DELTA 3 seeks to protect the interests of its customers. We strive to take out the stress and make buying/selling/renting/leasing real estate in a pleasant and rewarding process. 
  • "Bulgarian Science"

    "Bulgarian Science" is an online magazine published by "Bulgarian Science" Ltd. and "Science Forum" Association. Since launched in the winter of 2005/2006, it has developed at a fast pace by offering the visitors various and interesting new information, opportunity for self-expression and connection with people with the same interests. The magazine quickly became the largest and most dynamic scientific online community in Bulgaria. After the launch of  "Bulgarian Science", it managed to win the readers and enthusiasts to post their own material and to offer ideas for improving the magazine itself. The main idea behind the project is to be distributed for free on Internet and to provide the best possible, interesting and detailed information about science, making it available to as many online users as possible. The content of the magazine is full of popular science articles and current research papers and studies. The magazine is getting more and more popular among the young people.

  • "I, Engineer"

    “I, Engineer” is the first common initiative of Inter Expo Center – Sofia and “Dreams in action” Foundation. The aim of the Youth Career Forum "I Engineer" is to bring together leading technology companies on the Bulgarian market, and meet them with young professionals, students and high school students across the country. The organizers want to show them that SCIENCE and INNOVATION are happening in our country, and opportunities for professional development in Bulgaria are many.


    AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. AIESEC is a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC provides environment to the students that helps them develop trough learning by-doing. AIESEC in Bulgaria has 3 programmes for students-Global Talen, Global Citizen and Futute Leaders. AIESEC was founded in 1948, Stockholm.Over 65 years later AIESEC is  present in 126 countries and territories. In Bulgaria AIESEC was founded in 1990 and today has representatives in Sofia, Ruse, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Svishtov, Varna and Blagoevgrad. 

  • ABLE

    The Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE) is a vibrant community of enterprising young people who are united by a common goal to contribute to the growth of the community and society. The members of the organization are alumni of the Bulgarian Young Leaders Program (BYLP), organized by America for Bulgaria Foundation. ABLE has around 250 members coming from different educational and professional backgrounds such as entrepreneurship, economics, law, technologies, architecture and many others. ABLE`s mission is to develop active civil society, inspire leadership and promote entrepreneurial culture in Bulgaria. Learn more about ABLE and its projects: and

  • District "Studentski"

    District "Studentski" is one of the twenty-four regions of Sofia Municipality.It is situated in the southeast area of the capital. The name comes from “Studentski grad”(meaning Student city), which is part of itsterritory. According to the urban plan of Sofia Municipalitythere are five residential complexes in the region: j. k. "Mladost 1"; j. k. Darvenitza; j. k. "Studentski grad"; j.k. "Malinova Dolina" and "Vitosha" square. District "Studentski" is unique with the territory of “Studentski grad”, where six universities, one college and two subsidiaries areconcentrated, and nearly 30,000 students educate. District “Studentski”  has two municipal,one state and two private schools, six kindergartens, a nursery and a babykitchen and lots of sports facilities and sports centers. Since 2007 Mayor of District"Studentsiki" is Mr. Dimitar Dilchev. 
  • BBC Knowledge

    BBC Znanie is a source of intelligible and interesting facts about the world around us. The interesting and comprehensible articles as well as the rich palette of photographs make the magazine attractive to both children and their parents. Not only BBC Znanie provides answers to many questions, but it also provokes new ones.  

  • Brain Workshop Institute

    Brain Workshop Institute is an organization, community and professional network of young seekers. We gather together to share professional and academic experience, to build contacts and friendships, to share expertise and know-how. The Institute is a nonprofit organization and it was created on 10.10.2010. Come check us out ...






  • WHEN?

    Over 48 hours on the 11-th and 12-th of April 2015

  • WHERE?

    Sofia, betahaus, Lozenetz, Krum Popov 56-58 str., Sofia 1421 (map)

    Burgas, Burgas Free University, 8001, Burgas, 62 San Stefano Street  (map)

    and virtual from any location in Bulgaria


    Registration will be available on the 2d of March and will continue untill 11th of April. All individuals who are attending will need to register online on:


    Everyone can participate - developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a passion and desire to have an immediate impact on the world. They are open to anyone who has a passion for making a difference and are focused on developing real solutions to global challenges.


    Each team can be formed by one or more participants. The international collaboration is highly encouraged.


    You can send an e-mail to the local lead from that location or send an e-mail to titled - COLLABORATION!


    The teams can work on one or more challenges.


    Each one team will upload the projects through the main web site option using the username and password made at registration. This option will be available prior the event.


    The projects will be defended in front of the local judges. The teams can defend their idea with a presentation.