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“The Global Organizing Team is inspired by the journey the Philippines has with the Space Apps program. In particular, we appreciate the development of STEM in the Philippines and elsewhere, because one goal of Space Apps is to foster interest and learning in these fields worldwide.”
— Global Community Storyteller & Director Matt Scott
By EDD K. USMAN
MANILA — ARE you tech-savvy, more than enough?
Yes? That’s the spirit.
Here’s your chance to show your mettle, and prove to the world: if others can do it, you can do it better!
It’s because a few groups of your countrymen have done it already, going on to win in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) brain-wracking Space Apps Challenge.
Here’s the NASA invitation as seen on YouTube.com.
But before the grand finale of the apps challenge held annually in the United States, you have to pass through a gauntlet dubbed the NASA Global Hackathon, which this year will be conducted virtually on October 2-4.
NASA has already sent out invitations to various regions of the world to participate in the Global Hackathon focusing on space science and exploration.
Space science and exploration enthusiast
Expected to brave the gauntlet — as in years past — are coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists who will come together for the virtual hackathon, an email to SDN — Science & Digital News related.
“During a period of 48 hours, participants from around the world will come together to create virtual teams and solve challenges using NASA’s open-source data.”
Organizers of the hackathon who sent the email said further the gruelling two-day event was crafted for any space science and exploration enthusiast, adding it will provide an opportunity for the “the next generation of scientists, technologists, designers and engineers to showcase their creativity and problem-solving skills through inspired collaboration and critical thinking.”
It’s the season of the global pandemic characterized by lockdown, wearing of mask, face shield, and social distancing as well as prohibition on going out of one’s home unless for necessity to prevent the transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Aptly, thus, the Global Hackathon revolves around the theme “Take Action” which is said to be “a critical reminder that anyone can make a difference, even from the comfort and safety of home.”
Philippines an inspiration to global organizers
Global Community Storyteller and Director Matt Scott lauded the Philippines’ participation in organizing the space-inspired event.
“The Global Organizing Team is inspired by the journey the Philippines has with the Space Apps program. In particular, we appreciate the development of STEM in the Philippines and elsewhere, because one goal of Space Apps is to foster interest and learning in these fields worldwide,” Scott emphasizes.
For the hackathon NASA has again partnered with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) of France, and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
Filipino developer and technology community leader Tzar C. Umang from Pangasinan brought the Space Apps Challenge to the Philippines in 2016.
From thereon, the country witnessed how the community grew from a group of volunteers to forging partnerships with collaborators and stakeholders.
Following the trailblazers in the Space Apps Challenge
As a proof of the Filipino’s mettle,
the Philippines went on to produce global winners like the dengue hotspot predictor Project AEDES and information portal G.I.D.E.O.N. that measures Covid-19 impact, both developed by CirroLytix.
The country also has spawned global finalists like Celestial Snails from De La Salle University (DLSU) thst addresses social isolation, and Sentinellium, an epidemic predictor using population density data, both addressing problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Space Apps is a NASA-led initiative organized in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mindgrub, SecondMuse, and the NASA Open Innovation Applied Sciences Program.
So, are you tech-savvy enough to take on the world? (✓)
Register now on these sites:
Central Luzon: https://2020.
Manila and the rest of the Philippines: https://2020.