Five Australian Space Apps Chosen for International Judging
On the 21st & 22nd April, NASA, in collaboration with 8 government agencies and 102 other organizations, hosted the International Space Apps Challenge in 25 cities around the world, including the International Space Station and McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The event brought together 2,083 registered participants to solve 71 challenges. More than 100 unique solutions were developed in less than 48 hours. After much deliberation, and on-line judging, 5 winners were selected from 37 finalists. Here's a wrap-up of all the excitement!
It's quite incredible what can be produced in a single weekend when you bring the right people together. There were many incredible ideas submitted to the Space Apps Challenge, and even though they might not have received a prize, the ideas discussed and projects started will likely continue on. The few deemed truly unique in the competition will be receiving additional assistance and funding. These are:
|"Most Inspiring" Award to Planet Hopper||"Best Use of Data" Award to Vicar2png|
|"Most Disruptive" Award to Growing Fruits:|
|"Most Innovative" Award to Strange Desk|
|"Galactic Impact" Award to Growers Nation||"People's Choice" Award to BitHarvester|
The Australian solutions were VERY impressive and represented 5 of the 37 solutions put forward for international judging. The Watch Out - Hazard Map finished in the top 10 of the on-line judging with the My Travel App in 11th place. Congratulations to ALL the Australian participants and the industry specialists that supported them throughout the weekend.
Watch Out - Hazard Map - Melbourne
Commonality Of Nasa Datasets
Satellite Data Correlation Tool
My Travel App
The Space Apps Challenge was held to promote the use of space data and encourage international and interdisciplinary collaboration. Australia took the concept of collaboration and interdisciplinary to the extreme....
The four Australian events (Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide & Sydney) were conducted as one event connected via video conference, skype, pirate pad, and any other digital tool the participants could get their hands on. Throughout the weekend they worked together and connected with other events worldwide.
The Australian event(s) brought together experts from a variety of industries to work with coders and explore how they could benefit from using space data. The participants were supported by experts from the Built Environment (Arup), ICT (NICTA, CiSRA and Aerometrex). The Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia and CSIRO provided access to space data and engineers from the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre at Mt Stromlo and the Engineers Australia National Committee for Space Engineering were available to assist with technology based solutions. Staff from VSSEC and the Flinders University Centre for Science Education in the 2st Century assisted with education and citizen science solutions.
VSSEC was thrilled to have the support of Chris Gerty, from NASA, and Michael Brennan, from Second Muse. Chris and Michael were part of the global event organising team and very experienced in the use of open data and open technology.
As well as connecting professionals, the event provided an opportunity for undergraduate and post graduate students to get involved and network with industry.
A Total of 64 challenges were proposed in four categories: Software; Hardware; Citizen Science; and Data Visualisation
You can explore all the challenges that were set and the full list of solutions put forward for global judging. The Australian challenges and solutions are highlighted in red.
From these challenges more than 100 solutions were developed within 24 hours. From the final list of solutions, 37 were selected for international judging, 5 of these were from Australia.