Space apps overview presentation challenges 2013 03 9
Planning for the International Space Apps Challenge is currently in process. This document is accurate as of 8 March 2013.
OverviewThe International Space Apps Challenge is aninternational hackathon* that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world.The event embraces collaborative problem solvingwith a goal of producing relevant open-sourcesolutions to address global needs applicable to bothlife on Earth and life in space. * Hackathons are technology development events that draw on the talents and initiative of bright minded volunteers – developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a passion and desire to make an immediate impact on the world.
2012 ResultsThe first International Space Apps Challenge was held in April 2012 in 25 cities on all sevencontinents. The event brought together over 2,000 participants (ages 16-70) together to address71 challenges focused on improving life in space and on Earth! More than 100 unique open-source solutions were developed in less then 48 hours, including the following 10 examples.Aurora Project Growers NationAn app that shows aurora intensity, the ISS location and space weather data An app that explores the potential of unused land for the growing of fruit,using the WebGL globe platform. vegetable and other crops through the use of location, climate and growing data.ExoAPIA RESTful API to extend the accessibility of NASA Kepler exoplanetary Bit Harvesterdata. An SMS-based remote data acquisition and control system for renewable energy installations.Lunar Landing Analysis ToolAn app that calculates the ideal landing site on the Moon using NASA Lunar Strange DeskReconnaissance Orbert and produces a “heat map” that can be viewed An app that allows users to socially share and analyze the occurrence ofusing Google Earth. strange events with others.VICAR2PNG Pineapple ProjectAn app that allows anyone to view, enjoy and remix NASA’s mission image An app that provides the optimal crop for your community by filtering afrom the Cassini mission. tropical crop database by location’s rainfall, latitude, elevation and pH.Planet Hopper Satellite Data Correlation ToolAn app that visualizes Kepler data to allow children and teachers to explore A visualization of the growth in electrification and population across theall the exoplanets that we know about. globe, using night-time lighting from satellite data across a region as a proxy.
2013 ChallengesThe event addresses challenges in the areas of open source software, open hardware, datavisualization and citizen science. All challenges ideas are subjected to an intensive review andrefinement process and will be posted online approximately one month prior to the event. 10examples of challenges that may be offered in 2013 are listed here.Status: 58 challenge ideas have been submitted for consideration; 54 were selected for the 2013 event.Why We Explore Space Off the GridWe tell the story of how and what, but very rarely do we talk about the "why.” Research, develop, and/or refine existing platforms to help humans live ‘offHelp us tell the “why” of space exploration. the grid’.Moonville Soil Testing KitCreate a game to simulate the development of a sustainable industry using Create a soil testing kit to help produce growers easily and inexpensivelyresources launched from Earth and available on the Moon. test the depth, type, pH, temperature, nutrient content and moisture of soil using everyday household resources.Hitch a Ride to Mars Deployable GreenhouseDesign a CubeSat (or constellation of CubeSats) to accomplish scientific Develop a conceptual design of deployable greenhouse that could be usedand technical objectives for an upcoming Mars exploration mission. for pre-deployment on a space mission to the Moon or Mars.Adopt a Spacecraft: Voyager 1 Renewable Energy Explorer AppUsing interactive data, craft an object that connects people to Voyager Create an app or visualization that integrates wind, solar, and geothermalmission. energy data and allow users to see where their potentials are at their greatest.
2013 ChallengesCitizen generated database of observed Near Earth ObjectsCreate a web-based platform that enables citizen astronomers to register, submit findings, and help rank the findings of other citizen astronomers. Findingsthat receive many positive rankings will be listed on a “potential candidates” list for new discoveries.Space Station Benefits to HumanityDevelop an application or visualization to help the public understand the incredible benefits that International Space Station is delivering back to Earth.Visualization of NASAs Economic ImpactDevelop an application for both web and mobile devices that utilizes this data to help tell the story of NASA’s economic impact.SciStarter Citizen Science Appcreate an interactive hardware-software platform that enables citizens to sample microbial levels in their local environment and compare with the InternationalSpace Station. This app will be used at major league sports events as well as aboard ISS, offering citizens opportunities to understand and analyze microbialcommunities and the way they affect human life.Earth from Space, an Interactive Journeyi The application should allow users to manipulate the image to align it with the geography on the 3D model. Users should be able to display other imagestaken around the same “selected” position along with images of the area taken at different times. As images are placed on the 3D model, users should be ableto add their own “Notes” about the image which could be a description about the geography, why they selected that location, or interesting features in thatimage.ii Social Media features should also be built in the app that allows users to share their comments, edits, and favorite images and locations.Smart Cities, Smart ClimateExpand the urban network into other global cities and explore other variables for the purpose of generating data for wide-ranging applications. The airtemperature sensors are produced by Aginova Inc. who are based in the US. Due to their low-cost nature (<$100) and their ability to connect to existingnetworks, there is potential for a number of these sensors to be set-up with ease in other cities across the world for global comparisons. Alternatively, similarlow-cost air temperatures could be developed and compared with the Aginova sensor. Furthermore, there is also potential for the development of similar low-cost, wireless sensors to be developed for other variables using similar technology.
2013 ChallengesEuropean Space Agency 3D Printing Modeling Contesti The objective of this challenge is to provide a library of open hardware designs suitable for a typical desktop printer. All of them will go into the public domain,together with the names of the original authors. The models could be used or modified by new users after the challenge ends.ii The European Space Agency (ESA) will sponsor this initiative providing a prize: a 3D printer. (open source RepRap or similar). An ESA diploma will be sent toall participants.iii The model shall reproduce, in whole or partially, any aspect of an ESA space mission. Some examples are satellites, launchers, landers, rovers, spacestations modules, dioramas, instruments and ground segment equipment.One particular example (by no means exclusive) will be modeling the spacecraft, service module or, payload of the Gaia mission.iv The designs will be evaluated in terms of fidelity, detail, ease of manufacturing and creativity.
2013 Participating OrganizationsThe International Space Apps Challenge is an unprecedented international collaborationbetween government agencies, organizations and academic institutions from around the world.Status: 55 organizations have confirmed participation in the 2013 event.Global Brazil India UgandaNASA Startup Chile Srishti School of Art Design and Outbox UgandaUS Department of State TechnologyESA Bolivia Center for Internet of Society UKGeeks Without Bounds Centro Boliviano Americano Santa Cruz UK Space AgencymLabs Japan Met OfficeTech Shop Colombia Hack for Japan HubRasberry Pi Geocensos University of YorkCloudSigma Macedonia Bulgaria Censum USAChallenges Trainsoft New York City Tech CouncilNational Science Foundation (NSF) Telerik Academy Mexico Startup BusEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) Bulgarian Space Challenges Hackerspace Monterrey RIT Lab for Technological LiteracyNational Renewable Energy Laboratory Technology University of Bulgaria NEXIS at Syracuse University(NREL) Nepal IGTDepartment of Energy (DOE) Dominican Republic Young Innovations Ltd. Reno CollectiveGeneral Services Administration (GSA) INTEC University Hot Desks EastonUnited States Department of Agriculture Switzerland Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center(USDA) Finland HackEPFL AzaveaSally Ride Science New Factory Big Nerd RanchOpenEI Sweden Chaotic Moon France InnovationsbronSBAustralia Qunb VietnamAustralian National University Spain Saigon High Tech Business IncubatorVictorian Space Science Education Center Indonesia agxenda.com @america
More InformationThe International Space Apps Challenge is an opportunity to demonstrate your organizationscommitment to the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration. If you would likemore information about how you can participate in the International Space Apps Challenge. InBogotá please contact us:Javier CarranzaGeoCensosLocal firstname.lastname@example.orgOlga HuertasFourtelcoStakeholder´s email@example.comIf you would like to apply to the International Space Apps Challenge in your city, please visit:http://spaceappschallenge.org/location/bogota