SpaceHACK for Sustainability

How can we involve students in leveraging space technologies in achieving the UN SDGs?

Earth Observation (EO) satellite data is currently central to how governments monitor progress on many of the 17 SDGs’ (EO is used for nearly half of the UN’s 169 targets and 230 indicators.)  ASU is uniquely positioned to access troves of satellite data that can be used to to develop innovative solutions to social and environmental problems, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



  • Successfully hosted the SpaceHACK for Sustainability Hackathon on March 24-25, 2023. Learn more about the event.
  • SpaceHACK, in partnering with the ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society, has been integrated into an upper-level humanities course entitled “Diplomacy Lab: Latin America” (HUL/POR/FIS 494 and HUL/POR/GTD 598).


  • The project was selected to work with two student interns through ASU’s NASA Space Grant program.
  • Secured notable collaborations with La Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Ecuador, the University of Toronto’s “Space and the Moon” initiative, and CY Cergy Paris.
  • Successfully hosted the SpaceHACK for Sustainability Hackathon on March 22-23, 2024 with more than 250 students participating from 12 countries and 43 universities. Learn more about the event.

Project contact: 

Eric Stribling

Funding years:



Team members

Ann Kapusta

ThinkSpace Consulting


Cecilia Laplace

President of Sunhacks and PhD Engineering Education, Engineering Education + Computer Science

Madison Macias

Graduate Research Assistant, Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, BSE Mechanical Engineering

Bo Manuszak

Research Assistant, MS Aerospace Engineering, BSE Aerospace Engineering

David Mickelson

Undergraduate researcher

Eric Stribling