NASA is holding its second annual International Space Apps Challenge and we are delighted to have been invited to judge for the second year in a row! The global event will be held at the Met Office’s headquarters in Exeter.

On the weekend of the 20th and 21st April, scientists, developers, designers, problem solvers and technology specialists from around the world will collaborate to develop solutions that could help contribute to space exploration missions and also help improve life on earth – quite literally!
The Space Apps Challenge will pull from the collective experience of over 100 partner organisations, from NASA, the European Space Agency and the National Science Foundation, to the Met Office and Raspberry Pi. There are 75 cities in over 40 different countries hosting hackathon events, with participants from a range of scientific, creative, problem-solving and technological backgrounds. Video links and social media will enable teams at all locations to share ideas and progress over the weekend.
Participants have over 50 unique challenges to choose from for this year’s International Space Apps Challenge. These include:
  • An application or web-based platform for astronomers and enthusiasts to record and track Near Earth Objects (NEOs).
  • Extending the Spot the Station website by building an app that allows users to share their sightings of the space station.
  • A website or application to connect people at home to the Mars Curiosity Rover.
The V&A in London will be showcasing some of the projects and prototypes from the Space Apps Challenge at the special event ‘Digital Futures: Urban Open Space’, which is being held in the Sackler Centre on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd May 11am – 4pm.
We can’t wait to see all of the groundbreaking technology when we judge the two-day event in April. We’ll keep you posted on Twitter and on the blog!

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