In 2007, a small group of people began an intentional, collaborative experiment in open, transparent, and direct communication about your space program. Our goal was to enable your direct participation in exploring and contributing to NASA’s mission.

Many of us have since begun new adventures. This site will remain as an archive of the accomplishments of the openNASA experiment.

Nick Skytland

The 5th Global Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event took place this weekend in 34 cities around the world, with close to 2,000 developers “hacking for humanity.” RHoK is a collaboration between NASA, Google, Microsoft, HP, Yahoo and Worldbank. With this weekend’s events, RHoK has now reached a total 99 hackathons worldwide and has engaged nearly 6,000 technologists, designers and citizens in its events! Cities joining RHoK for the first time included Banjul in the Gambia; Pretoria, South Africa; Antwerp, Belgium; Rosario, Argentina; Warsaw, Poland; London and Oxford in the U.K., Montreal and Hamilton in Canada and Austin, Milwaukee, Manchester, Princeton and Portland in the U.S.

The NASA Open Government team was active a number of locations and blogged throughout the weekend about the many solutions developed. We also teamed up with Astronaut Ron Garan and others to to host a challenge called the “Collaboration Project” which challenged the community to build a robust, user-friendly database and visualization of collaboration projects worldwide that is easily accessed with all metadata. There are an estimated 20 million governments, NGOs and aid organizations aimed at making the world a better place.

Are you ready to RHoK?:
The Collaboration Project:
RHoK’ing it with NASA Data: [
][] Hacking for non-hackers:
RHoKing in Portland:
Milwaukee RHoKs:
RHoK Austin doing what Austin does best, ROCKING!:
RHoK Philly takes flight:
RHoK Turns 99:

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