NASA Space Apps Copenhagen is back!

The time has arrived and creative problem solvers will join us for NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge 2017, one of the largest hackathons in the universe. We are proud to be hosting the Space Apps Copenhagen for second year in a row at the IT University of Copenhagen. Empowered by open data, participants will collaborate in teams to solve perplexing challenges in new and unexpected ways – incorporating design skills, story telling, programming, mapping, concept developing and passion for space exploration.

Since its inception in 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge, a part of NASA’s Earth Science Division, has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens each year across the globe to work with NASA in building innovative solutions challenges we face on Earth and in space using open source data. Space Apps inspires local innovation communities in cities across six continents to convene, ideate and build. Diverse and collaborative teams of technologists, scientists, designers, entrepreneurs, and others work together in a 48-hour sprint to develop answers to some of the most pressing challenges facing planet Earth using NASA data.

Over 15,000 citizens from 61 countries and in 161 cities around the world participated in the 2016 International Space Apps Challenge.

1,300 projects were developed during the 2016 Space Apps, many open source solutions with immediate value to NASA and the global community. The most popular challenges included creating a crowdsourced platform to compare environmental changes with symptoms of respiratory disease, an educational app to help young students locate the moon, and an app to support local drone operators. Last year was the first time Copenhagen (and Denmark) participated in Space Apps. More than 100 participants attended during the three days – The Bootcamp day and the 2-day Hackathon. Eleven high quality solutions were submitted by teams consisting of 2 to 6 people coming from various institutions and universities. The solutions and basic descriptions can be found on the official website here. The quality of projects has been high according to the judges who evaluated the impact, creativity, product, sustainability and presentation.

Space Apps 2017 Earth Theme
Space Apps main theme this year is dedicated to Earth. Earth is a complex and dynamic system that still holds many mysteries. Year round, NASA helps shed light on Earth’s many components including oceans, terrains, and living things. With unique vantage points in air and in space, NASA collects high-quality data covering all parts of the planet over time to tell us more about the world we live in, and to predict the future processes on Earth.

This year the event will take place on the 28th, 29th and 30th of April and the expected number of participants is 100-150.  The registration will open by NASA Space Apps International team for all destinations at the same time and in the next couple of days. You will find our destination page and place to register here. We are kindly asking participants who for any reason will not make it to the event to cancel their registration on the same website or to send us an email at build@itu.dk. Participants would need to register separately for the Bootcamp on Friday, but only Space Apps participants can attend the Bootcamp sessions. The agenda and prizes will be announced soon on our local site. The global winners will be invited by NASA to attend a launch event. 

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