Since its inception in 2012, NASA’s [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] International Space Apps Challenge (Space Apps) has become the world’s largest annual global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use NASA’s free and open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space.
This year marks the tenth annual NASA International Space Apps Challenge, the largest global hackathon on Earth. In honour of this event, the theme for Space Apps 2021 is “The Power of Ten.” This year, NASA will commemorate ten incredible years of community, collaboration, and problem-solving by forming a power team of international space agencies who will work together to make Space Apps accessible to more communities worldwide.
These international agencies include:
- Australian Space Agency;
- The European Space Agency;
- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA);
- The Bahrain National Space Science Agency (NSSA);
- Paraguayan Space Agency (AEP);
- The South African National Space Agency (SANSA);
- The Canadian Space Agency;
- Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE); and
- The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB).
For a weekend in October, participants worldwide would come together to solve challenges submitted by NASA personnel. After the hackathon, space agency experts judge project submissions, and winners are selected for one of ten Global Awards.
Space Apps introduces problem-solvers worldwide to NASA’s free and open data. By using NASA’s data to solve each year’s challenges, participants learn about NASA’s data and share in creating and applying the insights derived from the data.
Space Apps is managed by the Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, at NASA’s Headquarters in Washington, DC. It is organised in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mindgrub, SecondMuse, and the NASA Open Innovation Applied Sciences Program.
The global hackathon event is open to participants from all over the world. The common thread among Space Apps participants is that they are creatives interested in space science and exploration and are willing to solve problems.
As a part of Space Apps, the participants are part of a global network of innovators that embraces collaboration across borders, sectors, and cultures to bring about paradigm-shifting innovation.
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