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).


  • SpaceHACK, in partnering with SFIS, has been integrated with an upper-level humanities course entitled “Diplomacy Lab: Latin America” (HUL/POR/FIS 494 and HUL/POR/GTD 598).
  • Selected to receive two student interns through ASU’s NASA Space Grant program.
  • Secured an informal agreement with La Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Ecuador to host a concurrent hackathon on their campus.

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


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