International Space Apps Challenge

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 10, 2012 05:18 AM
The International Space Apps Challenge is an international codeathon-style event that will take place over a 48 hour period in cities on all seven continents – and in space – on the weekend of April 21-22, 2012. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing solutions to global challenges. The Centre for Internet & Society is organising the event in Bangalore.

Event details

When

Apr 21, 2012 01:00 AM to
Apr 22, 2012 08:00 AM

Where

The Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore

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Background

On September 20, 2011, President Obama, together with other heads of state, endorsed the principles of the Open Government Partnership – a new multilateral initiative to promote transparency, participation and collaboration between governments and citizens. Since then, 52 countries have joined the global partnership.

NASA is working with organizations around the world on the International Space Apps Challenge as part of the United States’ domestic commitment to the Open Government Partnership

How it Works?

Participants such as concerned citizens, discipline experts, engineers, scientists, and software code developers attend events hosted in cities around the world. At these events, individuals collaborate with others by forming teams focused on solving a particular challenge. The teams compete with other teams around the world to utilize publicly available data to design innovative “solutions” to a pre-determined series of global “challenges.” The challenges are collected prior to the event from supporting organizations.

Challenges

Challenges are grouped into four broad categories:

  1. Software Development
  2. Open Hardware
  3. Citizen Science Platforms! 
  4. Data Visualization!

It’s not just about smart phone applications! The International Space Apps. 

Challenge will provide solutions that:

  1. Address strategic exploration needs! 
  2. Address strategic social needs (life on Earth)

To date, 50+ challenges have been submitted. These challenges are being vetted with development communities such as the Yahoo! Developer Network to refine them prior to the event.

Benefits

Some benefits of the International Space Apps Challenge include: 

  • Visible demonstration of a government’s interest in using publicly available data, in partnership with others, to address global needs.
  • Opportunity for citizens in countries with little or no investment in space exploration to contribute to space exploration through open source, open data, and code development.
  • Promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by encouraging students from around the world to utilize publicly available data for solutions to global challenges.
  • Encouragement of international partnership and mutual understanding.
  • Demonstration of commitment to the principles of the Open Government Partnership.

Sample Event Agenda


Saturday, April 21

 09:00  Registration
10:00 Schedule and logistics announcements
10:30 Subject Matter Expert briefing
11:00 Begin developing
12:30 Lunch break 13:30 Developing continued
16:30 Optional progress briefing, more developing
18:30 Dinner break
20:00 More developing
 

Sunday, April 22

 10:00  Logistics briefing & updates
 10:15  Begin developing
 12:00  Submission Deadline
 12:00  Lunch break
 13:30  Presentations
 15:00  Judges Voting
 15:30  Awards
 16:00  Post event social

Frequently Asked Questions

  •  What is the International Space Apps Challenge?
    The International Space Apps Challenge is a 2 day technology development event during which citizens from around the world will work together to solve current challenges relevant to both space exploration and social need.
  • When will it take place?
    The International Space Apps Challenge will take place on all seven continents – and in space - on 21-22 April 2012.
  • Who is leading the Challenge?
    On September 20, 2011, President Obama, together with other heads of state, endorsed the principles of the Open Government Partnership – a new multilateral initiative to promote transparency, participation and collaboration between governments and citizens. Since then, 52 countries have joined the global partnership. NASA is working with other organizations around the world on the International Space Apps Challenge as part of the United States’ domestic commitments to the Open Government Partnership.
  • Who can participate in the Challenge?
    Anyone can participate in the International Space Apps Challenge. It requires individuals with a broad range of skills. We are looking for engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing the world and is willing to contribute.
  • Why should I participate in the Challenge?
    You should participate in the Challenge because the toughest challenges of the world are not one nation’s alone, and this is a unique opportunity to develop technology to reach the human race and make the world a better place. Additionally, the Challenge is an opportunity to:
    1. Demonstrate a commitment to the principles of the Open Government Partnership.
    2. Exercise a government’s interest in using open data and technology, in partnership with others, to address global needs.
    3. Engage citizens in countries with little or no investments in space exploration to contribute to space exploration through open source, open data, and code development.
    4. Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by encouraging students from around the world to utilize open technology for solutions to global challenges.
    5. Encourage international partnership and mutual understanding.
  • What challenges will be addressed at the event?
    Challenges are in development from a wide variety of sources inside and outside of NASA. An initial set has been posted on the site and the community is invited to help develop them collaboratively there. New challenges will continue to be added on a weekly basis in anticipation of the event. To discuss contributing additional challenges or datasets, contact [email protected].
  • Where will the Challenge take place?
    Locations in which events are currently planned to be held include San Francisco, US; Tokyo, Japan; Melbourne and Canberra, Australia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Exeter and Oxford, UK; Nairobi, Kenya; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. There will be additional events throughout the world and participation by astronauts on the International Space Station.
  • What is a codeathon?
    A codeathon is a unique event that brings together citizens interested in collaborating on the development solutions that address critical challenges. A codeathon celebrates software development in its most positive context—using minimal resources and maximum brainpower to create outside- the-box solutions in response to interesting problems. Codathons are technology development marathons, drawing on the talents and initiative of the best and the brightest software developers, engineers, designers and technologists from around the world, who volunteer their time to respond to real- world problems with solutions than can have immediate impact. The International Space Apps Challenge is a “codeathon-style” event.
  • Is the event limited to just software development?
    No! Participants in the event will collaborate to build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions that contribute to space exploration and solve global challenges that focus on improving life on earth.
  • What happens at the event?
    At the events, individuals collaborate with others by forming teams focused on solving a particular challenge. The teams compete with other teams around the world to utilize publicly available space and data to design innovative “solutions” to a pre- determined series of global “challenges.”
  • What about licensing and IP rights?
    All solutions built at the event must be submitted under a license that permits the free and open dissemination of the work. NASA and the other supporting organizations do not own the rights to nor are committed to utilize any solution developed during the event.
  • Who organizes the events in each city?
    Each event is led as a collaboration between organizations who work together to host an event, mobilize the developer community and contribute to the overall success of the International Space Apps Challenge.
  • How can organizations get involved?
    There is still an opportunity to participate in the International Space Apps Challenge and contribute to an event in your country. We are looking for organizations who are interested in supporting events in cities around the world, as well as for subject matter experts who can share their expertise at the event, either in person or remotely. To express interest in supporting an event in your country, contact [email protected] or [email protected]

  1. Register for the event here
  2. Click here for the press kit
  3. See all the event locations here

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