Designing and developing a hackathon for NASA in Madrid



The Challenge

The NASA SpaceApps is renowned as Earth’s largest hackathon, engaging over 29,000 participants from 71 countries and 225 cities. In this hackathon, teams are challenged to tackle a problem set by NASA during a rigorous 2-day sprint. Our propellers, recognized for our innovative approach to tackling challenges for various global companies, collaborated with illustrious partners such as WeWork, AWS, Airbus, P&G, and the PowerMBA. We were tasked with designing and creating an environment that could catalyze the participants’ talent and capabilities. These companies not only shared their knowledge and resources but also played a crucial role in judging the solutions. The most innovative ideas were then forwarded to NASA, marking a significant milestone in the participants’ journey towards contributing to space exploration and technology.


Participants during the SpaceApps Hackathon.

The Solution


Our propellers, in collaboration with other partners, united to design a journey that focused on key moments tailored for the participants. This involved creating toolkits and providing mentoring to enhance their creativity and help them find the best solutions for each challenge.


From the space where the hackathon was to be held to the knowledge of industry experts, we partnered with companies that could help boost the team’s capabilities, understand the specific barriers of each challenge, and make the best use of the latest technologies. From aeronautical engineers, data analysts and scientists, as well as IT experts, along with the Propelland team, we delivered a great overall experience.

“This year, the bar of the event and participants was superb. Many thanks for the great partnership and for uplifting the digital journey in Spain: awesome ideas, vibrant location, top-notch talent. A perfect environment to celebrate the digital era.”

Loly Alejandro

Southern Europe CSO at P&G


During the intense rush of the hackathon, participants required more than just discipline and focus; they needed the appropriate tools to meticulously track their ideas and transform them into reality. Recognizing this, we didn’t just equip them with the necessary design tools to stay on course over the weekend, but also emphasized propelland’s philosophy of rapid prototyping solutions. This approach enabled participants to not only propose innovative ideas but also to embrace the practical aspect of bringing these solutions to life, turning visionary concepts into tangible results.

One of the teams during the NASA SpaceApps Hackathon was awarded and nominated as a global finalist.

The Impact

The 85 participants of the NASA SpaceApps Hackathon generated 16 innovative solutions to a range of complex challenges specifically curated for the event. In the final decision, the NASA jury selected the Mnemosys team for its ingenuity in addressing a critical challenge: developing effective mechanical methods to perform tasks that are typically and traditionally executed electronically in the context of space exploration. This approach not only demonstrated a high level of technical skill but also a visionary understanding of the future direction of space technology.