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Busy weekend for Space Apps Challenge!

Last weekend over 2,000 software developers, engineers, hackers and space enthusiasts gathered at 26 different locations across the world to partake in the NASA Space Apps Challenge. The two day Challenge took on real world problems and tried to solve them using freely available open-source data. It promoted collaborative development, and gave civilians the chance to improve life on Earth. SSTL sponsored one of the UK events, which was hosted by the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) and took place in its Harwell, Oxford facility. The international effort is reported to be a resounding success, with more than 100 solutions developed in under 48 hours. The UK’s Met Office took a moment off predicting the awful British weather to spearhead the European events and has chosen two solutions from Europe that will compete in the global finals. These solutions are Growers Nation and We Love Data. Growers Nation is a collaboration between developers in Exeter, San Francisco, New York City, Santiago, Nairobi and Santo Domingo. It explores the potential of unused land for the growing of crops by determining what produce will grow where, based on soil characteristics and weather data. This app could have a huge impact on third world food security. For updates on this app follow the team on twitter @growersnation. We Love Data have developed an app that will warn users when high pollen counts are imminent - helping them to prepare, making it handy for the millions of allergy sufferers across the world. Other applications developed in Europe include MyTravelImpact, an app that assesses the effect of the weather and the convenience of transport options on people’s transport decisions and their subsequent carbon footprint and Predict the Sky (see the video above), an app that informs people about what they’ll be able to see in the night sky in a particular location by using ISS, HST and weather forecast. For a list of the top 50 solutions visit the Space Apps Challenge website. The best regional solutions will now be judged and a global winner announced.

 

 
 

 

 

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