Category: Events

Space Apps Hackathon taking place this weekend! We were skeptical about continuing with the original date due to the public holidays however it would not be the same experience if we chose to do it independently of the global community.

mLab SA is proud to present The NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2017 this weekend (29th – 30th April) at the Cape Town lab starting promptly at 9:00AM.

Since its inception in 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to work together with NASA to build innovative solutions to complex challenges using open source data. Space Apps inspires local innovation communities to convene, ideate and create. Teams of technologists, scientists, thinkers, designers and entrepreneurs work together in a 48-hour sprint to develop solutions to some of the most pressing challenges on Earth and in space.

Is the event limited to just software developers?

Absolutely not, Space Apps projects don’t have to be apps. We need people with all types of skills to participate! Teams need project managers, designers, artists, educators, writers – anyone who can help advance the cause. You can contribute! Participants in the event will collaborate to build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions that contribute to solving global challenges that focus on improving life on earth. In fact, most teams will benefit from having non-programmers working with them.

A major focus of Space Apps is collaboration. As a participant at Space Apps Cape Town you will work as part of a team of 3-5 people to build a project in response to one of the challenges.

It is not necessary to form a team prior to registering to participate in the Space Apps event. Local organizers will help facilitate team formation for those who do not already have one.


To participate in this event, please ensure you register on our website at the program for the event can also be found there.


BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. We will not be supplying any devices, so keep vigilant with yours.

Social Media:

Join us in engaging with the global community using the official hashtags #spaceapps #spaceappsCT and @spaceapps @mlabSA


We will arrange transport for those those who need it on Saturday night at 20h30 only. Help us make the arrangements smoother by getting in touch with us should you need to make use of this service.

We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday!

2016 Space Apps Challenge

2016 Space Apps Challenge

2016 marks the 5th Annual International Space Apps Challenge, mLab Southern Africa has been the proud host of this event since 2013 when it was just at 60 global locations, now the challenge has grown to more than 150 cities from around the world with mLab adding new locations in Cape Town and Kimberley.

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10 Lessons in Mobile Content

On 24 August Steve Vosloo, Mobile Impact Evangelist at mLab Southern Africa (SA), presented 10 Lessons in Mobile Content (Slideshare) at the Cape Town Content Strategy meetup.

Steve Vosloo led the Yoza Cellphone Stories project while at the Shuttleworth Foundation. He shared share some of the experiences and ten lessons learned in creating mobile content for the youth market….

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How mobiles can support proven education approaches

On 19 August Steve Vosloo, Mobile Impact Evangelist at mLab Southern Africa (SA), gave a presentation on How Mobiles Can Support Proven Education Approaches (Slideshare) at the inaugural m4Ed4Dev (Mobiles for Education for Development) symposium in Washington DC. At the event, organised by USAID, Steve highlighted examples of how mobile interventions (existing and future) can support proven educational approaches,…

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