NASA’s Space App 2017

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  1. What is International Space Apps Challenge?

The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. This is the fifth time it is being organized worldwide. This year there will around 20-30 challenges on Earth Theme in five challenge categories: Earth and us, Ideate and Create, Planetary Blues, Warning Danger Ahead, Ecological Neighbourhood. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of government collaborators and around 200 local organizing teams across the globe.

  1.  NASA’s International Space Apps Challenges in Kathmandu

Mercycorps Nepal and The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), under the framework of SERVIR Hindu Kush-Himalaya, bring you International Space Apps Challenge 2017 in Kathmandu for the fifth time facilitated by Robotics Association of Nepal[RAN] and  Nepal Engineers’ Association supported by Young Innovations Pvt. Ltd and Kathmandu Living Labs and others.
This year Robotics Association of Nepal(RAN) will be organizing 5th International Nasa Space app challenge here with the same vision and objective and take the local solution developed during the challenge to the international stage . RAN has been supporting YIPL for successful conduction of NASA Space App through mentorship to the participants, promotion of the event to the engineering community. RAN believe this year NASA space will be more impactful through more number of local solution as well as global challenge. We are targeting to win the international space app challenge as well.

  1. Objective of organizing Space Apps Challenge in Kathmandu

RAN have decided to organize 2017 edition of Space Apps Challenge based on the community RAN has developed so far in this past 7 years and positive feedback and support  we receive from last year organizer Young innovation Pvt. Ltd themselves. The way participants had worked together in different teams to compete for global challenges, bringing in perspectives and insight from the local level was an experience NASA space app organizer can share proudly. This also gives enough room for organizing such events regularly and at a larger scale so that we can inspire a bigger crowd to participate in an international event such as this one.
At the same time, we have observed that these events are extremely important in bringing stakeholders from different sectors to work on issues that matter to people in our context.
Following the theme of Space Apps Challenge, we see a great prospect in this year challenge of allowing participants to work on various local issues that can perhaps be continued by relevant agencies even after the event. We believe that this would open opportunities for participants to create local apps with which they can benefit from along with the agencies and public. We also want to take this event as an opportunity to link young students and professionals with electronics and computing background to establish linkages with technologists, environmentalists, use data that can be made available and come up with prototypes of applications that can be scaled up.

  1. What are the challenges that this year’s event will focus on ?

There will be different challenges put forward Earth and us, Ideate and Create, Planetary Blues, Warning Danger Ahead, Ecological Neighbourhood. The challenges will be published right before the hackathon. In addition to these challenges, local challenges will be developed for the participants in collaboration with ICIMOD and Mercycorps. Those challenges will be accompanied by necessary data and will be defined in collaboration with our partner organizations and network. Participants taking up the local challenge will not be able to take part in the global competition. However, they will get an opportunity to refine their apps and prototype  even after the event with the support of organizers.

Local Challenges:

  1. Cost effective Irrigation technology for sandy river banks
  2. Cost effective water supply for uphill settlement above river
  3. River Shifting trend analysis and projection
  4. Early Warning System (EWS)  for Creep Landslide
  5. Agricultural Drought Forecasting
  6. Sugarcane potential area mapping and flood hazard modeling
  7. Develop Real Time Wind Early Warning System

Click here to download local challenge details:

Judging Criteria:

  1. Impact: How much impact (quality and quantity) can this project have? Does it solve a big problem or a little problem?
  2. Creativity: How creative is the approach? Is the project new and something that hasn’t been attempted before? Is it something that isn’t being addressed by the market?
  3. Product: How well does this project fit the needs of the challenge it addresses? How user friendly is the technology? Is it a complete solution or does it have a long way to go?
  4. Sustainability: How good is the plan for next steps? How prepared is the project team to continue their work beyond the event? Is the project organized in a way so others can take the project to the next level?
  5. Presentation: How well did the team communicate their project? Are they effective in telling the story of the project and why it is important?

What are the perks for the participants?

  1. Rs.30,000.00 for Champion
  2. Rs.20,000.00 for First Runner up
  3. Rs.10,000.00 for Second Runner up
  4. $100 Amazon Web service credit for each and every participants
  5. Global champion team can get chance to visit NASA Launch (TBD) Event.
  6. Chance to work with ICIMOD and Mercycorps if feasible prototype will be obtained as a result of the NASA Space Apps. Last Year, Team Smart Nepali was funded by ICIMOD for the development of Low cost Early warning system for Landslide.
  7. T-shirt, Certificates, Lunch, Dinner all free of cost. Great Right!!
  8. More details on prizes will be announced soon!

Happy NASA’s International Space apps Challenge Kathmandu 2017!!