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Info Session: NASA Space Apps Perth Hackathon with special guest Enrico Palermo from The Spaceship Company

  • CORE Innovation Hub FLUX, 191 Saint Georges Terrace Perth, WA, 6000 Australia (map)

CORE is again hosting this year's Space Apps Challenge hackathon, together with Space Hub Perth, Unearthed and Spacecubed, over the weekend of 20-21 October. The challenge theme this year is Earth & Space, there are some exciting challenges and potential for the winner to head to NASA.

Info session

Join us at the info session on 8 October to learn more about the challenges, meet other participants and start forming teams.

CORE Meet the Innovator Special: Space Apps Info Session Guest


Enrico Palermo, President at The Spaceship Company will be joining us for the Space Apps 2018 Info Session for a Q&A.

Originally from Perth, Enrico is currently based in Mojave, California, where he leads operations for The Spaceship Company - Virgin Group’s first engineering, manufacturing and flight test enterprise, as the world's first company building and testing a fleet of commercial spaceships.

Enrico is focusing on the company’s transition from a start-up with one customer and one vehicle in assembly business, to one with 450 employees, multiple customers, flight test operations and multiple vehicles in work, with its first spaceship, VSS Unity now entering flight test phase.

Enrico has lived and worked in Australia, Europe and the US, with experience across cities, offshore gas platforms and remote deserts.


Enrico’s participation is supported by the Perth USAsia Centre for the The Zone Above: The Ind-Pacific Era in Space on 8 Oct 2018. 

About SpaceApps

Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Part of the Open Government Partnership, Space Apps is an annual event that pulls citizens together regardless of their background or skill level.

Don't let the name fool you... it's not just about apps! Tackle a challenge using robotics, data visualization, hardware, design and many other specialties! Inspire each other while you learn and create using stories, code, design and, most of all, YOUR ideas. Show us your problem-solving skills and share your talents with the world!

How it works

Participants will organise into project teams to work on solving one of the specific challenges issued by NASA. Teams utilise publicly available NASA data to design all kinds of innovative solutions to the set Challenges. Any project teams get to pitch their solutions at the end of the weekend and there are some great prizes up for grabs. Plus up to two teams from the Perth competition can be selected to participate in the global judging.

To register, create a profile on the website, and will then register for the Perth Hackathon HERE.