Registration now exists at https://spaceappschallenge.org/register/ . Please register there instead.
I'm sorry, I got excited and made this too soon. - Willow
This is the US Mainstage Event for the SpaceApps Challenge. We're going to build awesome stuff (mostly with software) FOR SPACE, and with data from space.
Friday, April 20th we will have a social mixer in the evening.
Saturday at 9a we will gather to begin discussing and working.
Sunday, April 22nd at 4p we will submit our works.
Prizes announced by Sunday at 6p.
Not sure how hackathons work? This post covers some of the basics. It's also similar to things like Startup Weekend and Random Hacks of Kindness.
In the 1960′s the Apollo guidance computer that took humanity to the moon had a clock-speed of 2.048 megahertz, 4 kilobytes of memory, and weighed 32 kilograms (70 lbs). Since then, advances in technology have made images clearer, the information coming back from space richer, and the world smaller.
Today, many of us carry smartphones that have 512 megabytes of active memory, 32 gigabytes of storage, weigh less than 200 grams, and can form a real-time connection instantly to anywhere in the world. Our investments in space exploration have generated incredible amounts of data and resulted in the development of new technology that continues to improve life on Earth.
The challenge before us is to leverage data and new technology to create practical applications that benefit humanity.
Come make the future with us.
What is the International Space Apps Challenge?
Demonstrating its commitment to the Open Government Partnership, NASA will work with space agencies around the world to coordinate an International Space Apps Challenge to be held in 2012 that will encourage scientists and concerned citizens from all seven continents – and in space – to create, build, and invent new solutions in order to address challenges of global importance.
The International Space Apps Challenge is an innovative international collaboration that accelerates the development of solutions focused on making government better and addressing critical issues on our planet, including (but not limited to) weather impacts on the global economy and depletion of ocean resources. The unique challenges posed by spaceflight often result in solutions to issues we see everyday here on Earth, and development of these solutions can be expedited when leveraging the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside government institutions.
Why is it important?
Space agencies around the world are continuing to focus on a vigorous path of innovation and technological development leading to an array of challenging and inspiring missions to destinations with an incredible potential for discovery. The International Space Apps Challenge provides new opportunities for governments to engage citizens in this exploration mission by leveraging their expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to help address challenges of global importance. The event embraces the concept of ‘open innovation’ to improve performance, inform decision-making, encourage entrepreneurship, and solve problems more effectively.
Get a taste for some of the challenges : Space Apps Challenge coming up!
TechShop is a DIY industrial fabrication facility that offers regular folks everything from CNC Waterjet to Welding to Laser cutters but passing the SBU (Safety and Basic Use) class is required to gain access to the machines. If you are interested in hardware hacking and/or prototyping for this event, please be sure to pass the SBU on the relevant equipment at TechShop before the event. For a full list of of current TechShop San Francisco classes, click here. SBU classes are transferable from one TechShop to the other so if it's easier for you to take the classes at the Menlo Park or San Jose facilities, that's also an option. This is also sadly not the time to try to pick up fabrication as a new skillset - please do so before the event if this sort of thing strikes your fancy (as it should).
We're looking for sponsorship
We still need to feed and hydrate all those fantastic people attending. Want to lend a hand to this worthwhile (and totally awesome) event? Geeks Without Bounds is taking sponsorship to pay for things like food and prizes!
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