Join the NASA International Space Apps Challenge
21st & 22nd April
Adelaide & Sydney
The NASA 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 21-22 April, 2012. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing solutions to global challenges.
Investment in space technology has generated incredible amounts of data and resulted in the development of new technology that continues to improve life on Earth. The challenge before us is to leverage data and new technology to create practical applications that benefit humanity. Join coders, engineers, data providers and designers to develop new solutions, and win the opportunity to present your ideas to people of influence. The Australian events will encourage solutions that address regional development; climate adaptation; disaster response; and citizen science.
Worldwide simultaneous event 21-22 April, 2012
Melbourne: Victorian Space Science Education Centre, 400 Pascoe Vale Rd, Strathmore (max 100 people)
Canberra: Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, ANU Mt Stromlo Observatory, Mt Stromlo (max 30 people)
Adelaide: Flinders University, Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide (max 15 people)
Sydney: UNSW, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Building K17, Level 1 Seminar Room (max 40 people)
The Australian events will be working collaboratively throughout the weekend. They will be continuously connected via video conference and some teams will have participants in different states. Experts at each of the events will be assisting all Australian participants, as well as being available to the intenational participants.
You can watch the event live through Ustream:
The event will also be covered by Gov 2.0 Radio. Listen to the interview with Australian Event Lead, Naomi Mathers, and Arup Digital Innovation Lead, Andrew Maher.
Concerned citizens, discipline experts, engineers, scientists, and software code developers
How it works:
Participants form teams focused on solving a particular challenge. The teams compete with other teams in Australia and around the world to utilize publicly available space technology and data to design innovative “solutions” to a predetermined series of “challenges.” Watch the following TED Talk for examples of the power of open data.
Global challenges have been set and are grouped in four broad categories
Four Australian challenges have been added to the list of global challenges.
|Challenge 1: Disaster Prevention – Minimizing risk through preventative maintenance.|
Satellite data is invaluable for assisting emergency services monitor and respond to natural disasters (tropical cyclones, fire, flood, etc.) but is there way that satellite data can be used to help us identify and reduce risk?
Challenge: Design and implement a tool that uses satellite data to detect potential hazards (trees growing too close to transmission power lines, vegetation type, landscape, weather…). This app could include the ability for the community to flag potential hazards.
|Challenge 2: My Travel Impact|
What would convince you to change your travel behaviours? Weather? Carbon? This challenge aims to develop an app that provides users with information about their travel patterns, and quantifies the impact of their choices. Users could be presented with a summary of their daily trip (eg. distance travelled in the last week, the last month and the last year) and how their mode choice behaviour has impacted them (time) and the wider community. The app could also allow users to interrogate their carbon footprint and compare this to other mode choices (eg. driving, riding and walking) and the relative savings/cost of carbon and money as a result of their choice.
Users could also be presented with historical and forecast weather data from Bureau of Meteorology, suggesting days to consider walking/cycling based on weather patterns/predictions. The app may rely on users submitting their travel data from their smart card (eg. Myki in Melbourne).
|Challenge 3: Activity Sensing|
How many people do you work with? How many people are around you at any one time? This challenge is to develop a system that senses activity in a relatively small scale location; for example a building or public space. This can use any type of fixed sensor that reveals people’s locations and densities of people, and presents the data back in a realtime visualisation, also offering an historic analysis which shows how densities change over time. This challenge could use a variety of sensors, depending on what people have available for instance heat, pressure, sound, IP addresses, wifi hotspot activity, Bluetooth or any combination of these.
On a larger scale, this challenge could lead to assist police in estimating crowd numbers, help planners to track how many people attend an event, and help pedestrian and traffic engineers to design for changes in a public environment.
|Challenge 4: Climate Adaptation – Building a Better Future|
Satellite data is helping us understand our environment and how it is changing. This data is used to build climate models that help us predict what the local conditions will be in the future. Large infrastructure projects take many years to design and build, and become an integral part of our society for a long time, but how do they adapt to changing conditions? How can designers and engineers embed climate models into their design process? How can they include the community and the residents in the on-going decision making process?
At the end of the event all participants will pitch their solutions to local judges.
Geoscience Australia , the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO are Australia's pre-eminant government research bodies. All are active in the collection and use of space-based data. Most of this data is publicly available and they have identified data sets that will be useful to the participants addressing the Australian challenges. The Bureau of Meteorology has also provided temporary trial access to their GIS2WEB Service for the event. These organisations are also interested in the results of the event and will circulate the winning solutions throughout their research groups.
All Australian participants will be in the running to win local prizes. Winners for the Australian challenges will be chosen from the Australian participants by judges in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney. Presentations will be shown virtually in all states. In order to be judged, all solutions developed at the event are required to be submitted to a central repository under a license that permits the free and open dissemination of the work. Challenge winners receive the opportunity to present their sollutions to the challenge sponsor and other groups of influence.
One week after the event, global winners will be announced for each of the four main challenge categories. Global winners will be picked by a panel of representatives from key supporting organizations around the world. Global winners receive an opportunity to discuss further development and application technologies with the challenge sponsor.
Australian Event Program*:
Saturday 21st April
9:30am Welcome and housekeeping
10:00am Introduction of subject experts (Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney)
11:00am Start developing
12:00am Venue close
Sunday 22nd April
6:00am Venue open
2:00pm Submission deadline
3:30pm Judges deliberations
4:00pm Awards and wrap up
Monday 23rd April (Melbourne only)
8:00am Video link with San Francisco for closing event
If there is sufficient interest there is a possibility that Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney might work through the night
*All times AEST
Free public wifi will be available at all events. Participants must provide their own computer and any software they wish to use. Lunch and dinner will be provided on the Saturday and lunch will be provided on the Sunday.
The Australian events will be supported by a wide range of subject matter experts. These experts will support all teams in all states. We would like to thank our sponsors for providing such high calibre support.
|Chris Gerty (NASA)|
I've worked within the ranks of NASA ever since attending Clarkson University for Computer Engineering (Class of '97.. please don't do the math!). I gravitated to the field of human mission operations within the Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs, working as a flight controller and astronaut trainer in the Payloads and EVA (spacewalks) console positions. While working in EVA, my focus was mostly on the technical system design of the US spacesuit, and I also did some crossover training on the Russian Orlan spacesuit. About 5 years ago I left the Mission Operations Directorate to work for the Constellation Program, focusing on architectures and operational concepts for long-duration crewed missions to the Moon. For the past year and a half have I been a part of the Open Government Initiative at NASA. In this role we strive to increase collaboration, participation, and transparency of our Agency, by focusing equally on our technologies, policies, and culture of acceptance of new ways of doing business. We see ourselves as an agency in "beta", constantly improving but not hiding behind a firewall, just like a great piece of new opensource software! I've also become increasingly enamored with the Open Hardware movement. After putting together and using our opensource 3-D printer for a few weeks, I'm really excited about the implications of participatory space exploration in the age of open hardware development.
Prof. Pascal Van Hentenryck (NICTA)
|David P Young (Arup)|
David is a pedestrian and transport planner working with Arup and has over 5 years of experience, which includes 3 years as a doctorate candidate with Monash University for which he was awarded his PhD. David’s project experience has been highlighted by a range of projects including major sporting stadia, urban precincts, transport and interchange environments as well as commercial and residential buildings. Projects of note include: Melbourne Olympic Park Master Plan, Review of RailCorp Fixed Reader Placement Principles at stations, Melbourne Regional Rail link, Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Sydney Opera House VAPS pedestrian planning and the Perth T1 international departures project. David is also has a developing interest in understanding the value and use of smart technology and social media as a tool community and stakeholder engagement. This interest has resulted in active roles for David on a range of international and local design competitions and festivals.
Dean Morris (Arup)
Ben Cooper-Woolley (Arup)
Roger Franze (ANU Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre)
Tisham Dhar (Aerometrex Australia)
Bob Buxton (Science 21)
Australian Sponsors and Supporters:
This event is possible thanks to the support of NASA, and all the international supporters. In Australia we would like to thank the following organisations:
Department of Industry Innovation Science Research and Tertiary Education
Space Industry Innovation Council
Victorian Space Science Education Centre
Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre
Flinders University Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century
University of New South Wales, School of Computer Science and Engineering
National ICT Australia
Bureau of Meteorology
Canon Information Systems Research Australia
Engineers Australia National Committee for Space Engineering
Australian Youth Aerospace Association
As well as our sponsors and supporters this event wouldn't be possible without a huge amount of work from our state leads and volunteers. In particular a huge thank you goes to:
Canberra lead: Lyle Roberts
Adelaide lead: Sumen Rai
Sydney lead: Brad Hall
Volunteer co-ordinator: Stratos Patsikatheodorou
Facebook and Twitter co-ordinator: Cynthia Chen
Nick Mason-Smith and Patrick Sunter
How to get involved:
Register and develop a solution
Join us as a national sponsor (please contact Naomi Mathers email@example.com)
Set a challenge or provide access to data
Register as a volunteer (please register with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association)
Spread the word. Download a flyer1 / flyer2
Registrations open - now (register early to be matched with a team and a data provider)
Volunteer registration deadline - 10th April
Local organisers contact registered participants and start forming teams - 9th April
Initial team lists and data requests presented to data providers - 11th April
Registrations close - 18th April
International Space Apps Challenge - 21st & 22nd April
Local winners announced - 22nd April
Global winners announced - 30th April (TBC)
More information is available on the International Space Apps Challenge website.
Updates on the Australian website will be posted on the VSSEC website.
Follow the International Space Apps Challenge on Twitter @intlspaceapps #spaceapps
Follow the Australian events on Twitter @auspaceapps
Review the International Space Apps Background Presentation
Contact Naomi Mathers firstname.lastname@example.org