NASA s Space Apps Hackathon will be held at multiple centers around the world over the weekend. Multiple individuals from all over the globe participate in the hackathon each year. While the initial rounds are individual rounds, the selected participants have to then work in teams for their project. This time around three Indian teams from Kerala will represent the country in the Hackathon. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter uses same chip as Samsung Galaxy S5, OnePlus One
Each team can choose from multiple challenges presented to them during the competition. The challenges for 2017 are divided into five categories and focus mainly on saving the planet and maintaining an ecological balance. The five categories are, Ideate and Create (develop new ways for laymen to experience findings from NASA Earth Science Data), Our Ecological Neighborhood (Develop solutions after studying ecological problems), Warning! Danger Ahead! (monitor effect of natural disasters on eco-systems), Planetary Blues (gauge the hydrosphere and cyrosphere) and The Earth and Us (create sustainable solutions for humans and the planet). Also Read - NASA Perseverance Mars rover uses 1998 iMac processor with just one upgrade
The Indian venue is the Future Tech Labs initiative of Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM), and a total of 20 teams are competing from India. Of the 20, three Indian teams will get selected. The panel of judges includes experts and space scientists from Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. The teams work in a period of 48 hours to come up with solutions in their chosen categories. This is the first time that the hackathon is focusing on the Earth as a topic for the hackathon. ALSO READ: Apple poaches top NASA veteran for AR glasses project
The hackathon is open not only to developers but everyone, irrespective of their background can participate. As teams require planners, writers, managers and collaborators alongside developers and designers, the challenge is open for all. Though there is no age restriction, participants younger than 13 years of age require a parent or guardian attend the event. Once the teams from India are selected, they will then compete on an international level, with participants from all over the globe.
Talking about the event, CEO Saji Gopinath KSUM said, “As a precursor to the event, two camps were held at Thiruvananthapuram and at Calicut, in which many students and start-up teams took part. Training was also provided to the team by space scientists and technology experts.”