The International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon that will take place over a 48-hour period in cities on all seven continents on the weekend of 20–21 April. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing open-source solutions to global challenges using earth observation resources and geo-ICT tools to develop mobile apps, software and hardware, data visualization, and platform solutions. The two-day event will provide an opportunity for youth in Nepal to harness the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizen explorers to help address global challenges.
The event is being organized in Kathmandu, Nepal by ICIMOD within the framework of the SERVIR-Himalaya initiative supported by USAID and NASA, in close collaboration with YoungInnovations, a local partner organization. During the event, representatives from NASA and other international space agencies will gather with scientists and participants to use publicly released open data to create solutions for50 software, hardware and visualization challenges, including robotics, citizen science platforms and applications of remote sensing data. The event aims to develop capacity of Nepal’s youth tech community in the development of applications and tools related to earth observation and geo-ICT, particularly focused on mountain regions.
The first International Space Apps Challenge was held in April 2012 in 25 cities around the world. The event brought together over 2,000 participants (ages 16-70) to address 71 challenges focused on improving life in space and on Earth. More than 100 unique open-source solutions were developed in less than 48 hours. The results can be viewed at http://2012.spaceappschallenge.org/
Participants will work on challenges published by NASA and develop innovative solutions for them using the open data provided. The 3 categories of challenges include:
During the event, participants will organize themselves into teams to work on specific projects focused on solving a specific, issued challenge. Based on the interest and relevance of selected projects, participants can collaboratively work with participants from other cities as well. Additionally, ICIMOD will provide a web-based platform and the projects must include links to the original resources, such as a source code repository or hardware schematic. Solutions will only be accepted for judging if they are licensed under an Open Source License as determined by the Open Source Initiative: http://opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical
Any project including at least one participant from Kathmandu makes that project eligible for local prizes. The prizes decided for Kathmandu are:
ICIMOD together with the local partner will submit the top two solutions to NASA for global judging and awards. The global judging and award will be solely decided by NASA.
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