NASA Space Apps Challenge Returns to DLSU October 18
NASA Space Apps Challenge 2019 to be held again at De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila.
2018 edition covered 21 challenges; 1,395 solutions submitted; 17,924 participants; 876 virtual competitors in 200 locations around the world in 75 countries.
Challenge involves finding solutions for the problems the world is facing both on Earth and in space leveraging NASA open source data.
By EDD K. USMAN, SDN, Twitter @edd1819, Instagram @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current Affairs
DO you see yourself offering solutions to problems humanity is facing on Earth and in space?
Here’s your chance once again to help your fellow human species cope with their problems and be of consequence in making their lives — including yours and mine — even just a little bit better.
It’s time for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) International Space Apps 2019 Challenge on October 18 to 20 at the De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila Campus, along Taft Avenue.
Started in 2012, this year then is the global hackathon’s eighth edition and as usual counts on coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world.
Participating teams will leverage NASA’s free and open data as they attempt to address and offer solutions to real-world problems on Earth and in space.
“Since its inception in 2012, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the world to use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space,” organizers said in an email to SDN — Science and Digital News sent by Michael Lance M. Domagas, who is involved with the event.
The organizers said the event will span more than 48 hours simultaneously across the world on October 18 to 20.
They added the challenge “embraces collaborative problem-solving with a goal of producing open-source solutions to challenges we currently face on Earth and in space.”
It will be the fourth the event will be conducted in the Philippines at DLSU-Manila Campus.
Recall that the Philippines’ Team iNON entry in the 2018 Space Apps Challenge won the Galactic Impact Award.
Their winning app dubbed “ISDApp: Bridging Fishermen to Information with Analog Phones” was designed “to effectively communicate scientific data as useful information to underprivileged fishermen, even if they don’t have smartphones and internet connection.”
The event is a NASA incubator program.
For the event in Manila, it will be held through collaboration with the Philippine Council on Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD), DLSU, Animo Labs, and PLDT.
Presently, Team iNON’s (Now or Never) “ISDApp” is being incubated at DLSU’s technology business incubator(TBI) named Animo Labs.
Animo Labs Executive Director Federico C. Gonzalez welcomed another opportunity to host the event once again as the laboratory looks forward to see these kinds of projects being developed by Filipinos with the help of NASA data resources.”
Registration for the competition is now open, said Domagas. (SDN — Science and Digital News)