A NASA incubator innovation program, the Space Apps Challenge, which started in 2012, is a 48 hours hackathon international held in several cities across the world.
It brings together coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, et al, to build apps that addresses challenges faced on Earth and in space using NASA’s massive data.
Last year, nHub Nigeria hosted the event, bringing together problem solvers across the country to tackle challenges in fields such as Aeronautics, Technology and Solar System & Beyond.
A total of ten teams took part, creating solutions in line with the themes of the Challenge. Team Ivory, which developed an Asteroid Detector that uses AI to detect potentially dangerous objects that might be headed to Earth, was adjudged winner.
This year’s challenge will hold from April 29 – 30 in several locations around the world, including Jos-based nHub Nigeria. Themed Earth, the 2017 Challenge has five challenge categories.
“We are once again very excited to be hosting the 2017 Space Apps Challenge right here in the beautiful city of Jos for the second year. NASA Space Apps Challenge is a two day global hackathon for innovation, engaging citizens to collaboratively and creatively develop solutions for problems related to both earth and space in a 48-hour sprint. We are also happy to announce our local sponsors Qitech Technologies Limited and Smartweb IT Solutions,” said the Space Apps Jos 2017 Team.
Applications will open soon. Selected participants would be expected to bring their laptops and other necessary hacking tools while the organizers will provide participants high speed Internet.