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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. 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.
  2. 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 data. 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. ExoAPI 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. VICAR2PNG 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.
  3. 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 objectives. "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 management. 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 grid’. 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 planet. Curiosity at Home Build an app driven remote controlled rover based on the data from Curiosity's first 90 sols.
  4. 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 Africa 1.  Cotounou, Benin 2.  Kampala, Uganda 3.  Pretoria, South Africa 4.  Nairobi, Kenya 5.  Saint Louis, Senegal Europe 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 Asia 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
  5. 2013 Participating Organizations Global Partners NASA US Department of State

    European Space Agency (ESA) UK Space Agency Geeks Without Bounds mLabs Tech Shop Raspberry Pi CloudSigma Tumblr 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 (Scotland) 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.
  6. More Information If you would like more information about how

    you can participate in the International Space Apps Challenge, please contact us: Nicholas Skytland NASA Program Manager, NASA Open Innovation Program Office of the Chief Information Officer [email protected] Ali Llewellyn Valador Project Manager, International Space Apps Challenge Office of the Chief Information Officer [email protected]