National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the American agency responsible for aerospace research, calls for participants in its 48-hour international hackathon.
Called as Space Apps, the annual contest gathers coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, and technology enthusiasts around the world to form a team and to use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions that will address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Since its inception in 2012, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, recording over 18,000 participants at more than 200 events in 75 countries.
“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,” he added.
It will be the fourth time that the Philippines will participate in the Space Apps.
The winning team, who developed an app seeking to use scientific data to benefit fishermen, even without Internet connection, is being incubated at Animo Labs. It is 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,” said Mr. Federico C. Gonzalez, Executive Director, Animo Labs.
The Space Apps will be held globally on Oct 18 to 20, 2019. Deadline of registration is on October 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Interested teams may register here.