Spaceapps Challenge - April 29th & 30th


Much thanks to my friend Holly Akers for sending along the info for this years Spaceapps Challenge. Another incredible opportunity for the Orlando Dev. community to get involved, strengthen your skill set and make some new friends. 

Here are a few of the highlights - 

  • 2 day International Hackathon using open data sets from NASA.
  • NASA Scientists write the challenges, which are based on real problems they face daily.
  • Last year there were participants from 6 continents & 161 cities participating. The first year they had only 25 cities. THIS YEAR: 170+ cities and 12,000 participants.
  • At The Start-Up Garage in the Guidewell Innovation Center - Creative, collaborative atmosphere. Great internet.
  • The 2 winning projects win local prizes & move on to the international competition.
  • The top 5 international teams will have a chance to watch a NASA launch behind the scenes. 
  • Leaders in the business and tech fields will offer a Mentorship Package to the winning team.
  • Tweet: @SpaceAppsORL - https://www.spaceappsorlando.com

Here's the press release;

EVENT DETAILS:

Title: NASA’s Space Apps Orlando

Where: GuideWell Innovation Center, 6555 Sanger Road, Orlando, FL 32827

When:  Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8a.m. – Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Registration is Free!

Description:

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is coming to Orlando for the third year in a row!

For 48 hours, tech-savvy citizens will collaborate in one of the largest hackathons in the universe. Empowered by open data, global citizens collaborate with strangers, colleagues, and friends to solve perplexing challenges posed by NASA scientists in new and unexpected ways - from designing an interactive space glove to natural language processing to clean water mapping. Last year, participants from 161 cities on 6 continents created thousands of open-source solutions using code development, data visualizations, hardware, and design.

Space Apps Orlando 2017 kicks off April 29th! The event will take place at the state-of-the-art GuideWell Innovation Center in the heart of Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical Center. It comes with a sleek, laid-back aesthetic, free parking, and one of the fastest internet speeds in the country. GuideWell Innovation strives to promote innovation by giving creators a space to nurture and incubate their ideas. These features add up to the perfect venue to spend a weekend making cool stuff.

All participants will receive a $100 credit for Amazon Web Services as well as a pass to a meeting with the Swamp Works team at Kennedy Space Center. The top two local teams will win additional prizes including a three-month membership coworking spaces at Canvs & Catalyst, a one year membership to the Orlando Tech Association, and mentorships from leaders in the business and tech fields. Those two teams will then move on to the international competition judged by NASA executives.

Anyone and everyone are welcome to participate, regardless of skill level or background - just bring your brain, laptop, and passion for creative problem solving. Join us April 29 to 30 to be a part of turning science fiction into fact!

NASA’s Space Apps Orlando is proudly sponsored by Innovative Space Technologies.

 

To register: create an account on www.spaceappschallenge.org and then select the Orlando location.