Space is the final frontier that has always sparked mankind’s creativity and imagination. Creative and scientific minds with a passion for solving society’s most pressing challenges are enjoined to participate in the 2019 NASA International Space Apps Challenge.
Now in its 8th year, the NASA International Space Apps Challenge (or Space Apps) is an international hackathon for programmers, designers, scientists, builders, makers, storytellers, technologists, and other creative minds. Teams participating in the Space Apps harness NASA’s free and open data to build innovative solutions to problems and challenges we face both on Earth and in space.
Last year, the NASA International Space Apps Challenge involved more than 18,000 participants at over 200 events in 75 countries. Space Apps is the world’s largest international hackathon that will take place over a 48-hour period in cities all over the world from October 18 to 20, 2019. The three-day event encourages collaborative problem-solving with the goal of developing open-source solutions to challenges that mankind and society is currently facing.
The Space Apps will take place in Manila for the fourth time on October 18 to 20.
“I am thrilled and excited to continue the tradition of inviting students and professionals, beginners and veterans from the Philippines to join this prestigious global hackathon by NASA,” software developer Michael Lance M. Domagas said. “In fact, a Pinoy team winning globally last year makes Filipinos inspired to use these technologies in helping the society we live in, especially now that a law has been passed creating the Philippine Space Agency.”
The winning team from the Philippines who developed a mobile app that uses scientific data to benefit fishermen, even without Internet connection, is being incubated at Animo Labs, the technology business incubator of De La Salle University in partnership with DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.
“Animo Labs looks forward to see these kinds of projects being developed by Filipinos with the help of NASA data and resources, and we are happy to host it again at De La Salle University,” Animo Labs Executive Director Mr. Federico C. Gonzalez said.
Interested participants are invited to register for the Space Apps at https://spaceapps.splashthat.com. The deadline for registration is on October 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM. For more information, please email [email protected].