Hacking the Final Frontier

NASA Intl Space Apps ChallengeHacking electronics and everyday items sure is a lot of fun, but the idea of hacking Earth and space on a larger scale brings forth a different level of excitement entirely. On April 20-21, 80 cities in 44 countries will provide a location to participate in such an opportunity – the International Space Apps Challenge, organized by NASA.  Equally thrilling is the fact that our city’s location, the new ExCITe Center at Drexel University, will be the global main stage for this event!

NASA is inviting people of all professional backgrounds and a wide range of skillsets to participate in this free two-day global hackathon. The projects and resources, which vary for each location, are already provided on the event site to help you decide on a focus area ahead of time. There will be an Opening Reception on April 19 at First Round Capital from 6-8 pm, with a special opening by Derrick Pitts, NASA Solar System Ambassador and Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director for the Franklin Institute. Prizes will be awarded by Derrick and other select judges at the end of the hackathon.

Sarah Guck, organizer for the Hacktory, participated in the planning phase and contributed to the list of project ideas. The available projects for Philadelphia are as follows:

  1. We Love Data
  2. Spot the Station
  3. Solar Flare
  4. Seeing Water from Space
  5. SciStarter Citizen Science
  6. Renewable Energy Explorer
  7. NASA Wind Tunnel Visualization
  8. “No Delays” Air Traffic Management
  9. Listening to the Stars

As of this post, registration is still open. Now, head to the About page and click to view the source code to lift your excitement off the ground that much more! If you’re attending, let us know what you’re interested in working on in the comments section.

Register here for the Philadelphia location.

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