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Space Apps 2013 Global Challenge Overview

February 27, 2013

Space Apps 2013 Global Challenge Overview

Pre-event overview of the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge. (spaceappschallenge.org)


February 27, 2013

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  1. Overview of the 2013 Global Challenge

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  2. What is it?
    * Hackathons are technology
    development events that draw on the
    talents and initiative of bright minded
    volunteers – developers, engineers,
    technologists, designers, and anyone
    with a passion and desire to make an
    immediate impact on the world.
    The International Space Apps Challenge is an
    international hackathon* that takes place over 48-hours
    in cities around the world.

    The event embraces collaborative problem solving with
    a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to
    address global needs applicable to both life on Earth
    and life in space.

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  3. 2012 Results
    Growers Nation
    An app that explores the potential of unused land for the growing of fruit,
    vegetable and other crops through the use of location, climate and growing

    Bit Harvester
    An SMS-based remote data acquisition and control system for renewable
    energy installations.

    Strange Desk
    An app that allows users to socially share and analyze the occurrence of
    strange events with others.

    Pineapple Project
    An app that provides the optimal crop for your community by filtering a tropical
    crop database by location’s rainfall, latitude, elevation and pH.

    Satellite Data Correlation Tool
    A visualization of the growth in electrification and population across the globe,
    using night-time lighting from satellite data across a region as a proxy.

    The first International Space Apps Challenge was held in April 2012 in 25 cities on all seven
    continents. The event addressed 71 challenges focused on improving life in space and on Earth.
    More than 100 unique open-source solutions were developed in less then 48 hours, including the
    following 10 examples.

    Aurora Project
    An app that shows aurora intensity, the ISS location and space weather data
    using the WebGL globe platform.

    A RESTful API to extend the accessibility of NASA Kepler exoplanetary data.

    Lunar Landing Analysis Tool
    An app that calculates the ideal landing site on the Moon using NASA Lunar
    Reconnaissance Orbert and produces a “heat map” that can be viewed using
    Google Earth.

    An app that allows anyone to view, enjoy and remix NASA’s mission image
    from the Cassini mission.

    Planet Hopper
    An app that visualizes Kepler data to allow children and teachers to explore all
    the exoplanets that we know about.

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  4. 2013 Challenges
    Challenges will be offered in the areas of open source software, open hardware, data visualization
    and citizen science. All challenges ideas are subjected to an intensive review and refinement
    process and will be posted online approximately one month prior to the event. The following are
    10 examples of challenges that will be offered in 2013.
    Seven Minutes of Science
    Develop a concept to utilize 150kg of ejectable mass during the entry and
    landing phase of a Mars mission to accomplish scientific or technical

    "No Delays" Air Traffic Management
    Develop a real-time, open and crowd-sourced, distributed gaming and
    technology development platform to evolve the best ideas for future air traffic

    Catch a Meteor
    Create an app which would allow observers of a meteor shower to trace the
    location, color, and size of the shooting star.

    Smart Cities, Smart Climate
    Explore the impacts of atmospheric changes on the health, infrastructure and
    society in urban areas.

    Off the Grid
    Research, develop, and/or refine existing platforms to help humans live ‘off the

    Why We Explore Space
    We tell the story of how and what, but very rarely do we talk about the "why.”
    Help us tell the “why” of space exploration.

    Spot the Station
    Extend the functionality of Spot the Station by sharing your sightings with
    others and visualizing the data.

    Hitch a Ride to Mars
    Design a CubeSat (or constellation of CubeSats) to accomplish scientific and
    technical objectives for an upcoming Mars exploration mission.

    Near Earth Object Visualization
    Use data concerning asteroids and other materials (such as man-made space
    debris) to create a beautiful representation of the objects surrounding our

    Curiosity at Home
    Build an app driven remote controlled rover based on the data from Curiosity's
    first 90 sols.

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  5. 2013 Locations
    The second International Space Apps Challenge will take place in 75 cities around the weekend of
    20-21 April 2013. 68 of 75 locations have been chosen as of 7 February 2013.
    North America
    1.  Atlanta, GA
    2.  Augusta, GA
    3.  Austin, TX
    4.  Cape Canaveral, FL
    5.  Cleveland, OH
    6.  Detroit, MI
    7.  Easton, MD
    8.  Houston, TX
    9.  Miami, FL
    10.  Norman, OK
    11.  Louisville, KY
    12.  New York City, NY
    13.  Philadelphia, PA
    14.  Rochester, NY
    15.  Reno, NV
    16.  San Francisco, CA
    17.  Syracuse, NY
    18.  Toronto, Canada
    19.  Winnipeg, Canada

    1.  Cotounou, Benin
    2.  Kampala, Uganda
    3.  Pretoria, South Africa
    4.  Nairobi, Kenya
    5.  Saint Louis, Senegal

    1.  Amsterdam, Netherlands
    2.  Athens, Greece
    3.  Exeter, UK
    4.  Glascow, Scotland
    5.  Gothenburg, Sweden
    6.  Krakow, Poland
    7.  Lausanne, Switzerland
    8.  Leicester, UK
    9.  London, UK
    10.  Madrid, Spain
    11.  Paris, France
    12.  Rome, Italy
    13.  Skopje, Macedonia
    14.  Sofia, Bulgaria
    15.  Stuttgart, Germany
    16.  Tampere, Finland
    17.  York, UK
    Australia/South Pacific
    1.  Adelaide
    2.  Auckland, New Zealand
    3.  Brisbane
    4.  Canberra
    5.  Melbourne
    6.  Sydney

    Mexico, Central & South America
    1.  Azua de Compostela, Dominican Republic
    2.  Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    3.  Bogota, Colombia
    4.  Guadalajara, Mexico
    5.  Guatemala City, Guatemala
    6.  Guayaquil, Ecuador
    7.  Managua, Nicaragua
    8.  Mexico City, Mexico
    9.  Monterrey, Mexico
    10.  Santa Cruz, Bolivia
    11.  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    12.  Santiago, Chile
    1.  Bangalore, India
    2.  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    3.  Istanbul, Turkey
    4.  Jakarta, Indonesia
    5.  Kathmandu, Nepal
    6.  Manila, Philippines
    7.  New Delhi, India
    8.  Singapore, Singapore
    9.  Tokyo, Japan

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  6. 2013 Participating Organizations
    Global Partners
    US Department of State
    European Space Agency (ESA)
    UK Space Agency
    Geeks Without Bounds
    Tech Shop
    Raspberry Pi
    Online News Association

    Challenge Partners
    National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Department of Energy (DOE)
    General Services Administration (GSA)
    United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    Sally Ride Science
    European Space Agency (ESA)
    Met Office UK
    University of Dundee Product Design Studio

    Local Partners
    Australian National University
    Victorian Space Science Education Center
    Centro Boliviano Americano Santa Cruz
    Geocensos (Colombia)
    Trainsoft (Bulgaria)
    Telerik Academy (Bulgaria)
    Bulgarian Space Challenges
    Technology University of Bulgaria
    INTEC University (Dominican Republic)
    New Factory (Finland)
    @america (Indonesia)
    Srishti School of Art Design and Technology
    Center for Internet of Society (India)
    Yelp (San Francisco)
    Hack for Japan
    Hackerspace Monterrey
    The Hub (London, Singapore)
    HackEPFL (Switzerland)
    InnovationsbronSB (Sweden)
    Agxenda.com (Spain)
    Northeast Ohio Software Association
    Aerospace Research (Germany)
    New York City Tech Council
    Startup Bus
    RIT Lab for Technological Literacy (NY)
    NEXIS at Syracuse University (NY)

    University of York (UK)
    Open Street Map (Chile)
    IGT (Nevada)
    Reno Collective
    Hot Desks Easton (MD)
    Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center
    Azavea (PA)
    Big Nerd Ranch (GA)
    Chaotic Moon (Austin)
    Saigon High Tech Business Incubator
    University of Oklahoma
    The Clubhou.se (GA)
    Hack Houston
    Philly Tech Week (PA)
    Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center (KSCVC)
    Geeks Without Bounds
    US Consulate Krakow
    US Consulate Guadalajara
    US Consulate Monterrey
    US Consulate Santa Cruz
    US Embassy Rome
    US Embassy Auckland
    US Embassy Sofia
    US Embassy Jakarta

    The International Space Apps Challenge is an unprecedented international collaboration between
    government agencies, organizations and academic institutions from around the world.

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  7. More Information
    If you would like more information about how you can participate in the International Space Apps
    Challenge, please contact us:
    Nicholas Skytland
    Program Manager, NASA Open Innovation Program
    Office of the Chief Information Officer
    [email protected]

    Ali Llewellyn
    Project Manager, International Space Apps Challenge
    Office of the Chief Information Officer
    [email protected]

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  8. www.spaceappschallenge.org

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