On October 2nd - 4th 2020, NASA launched its NASA Space Apps Challenge. Collaborating with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) and Meteomatics AG.
Over the weekend (2nd / 4th October), Meteomatics were invited by NASA to support their global hackathon. Coders, technologists and others participated in an all-virtual challenge to solve challenges in Earth and Space.
During a period of 48 hours, 26,000 participants from 150 countries, created more than 3,600 virtual teams, to solve this year's theme of 'Take Action' , a reminder that we can all be a part of the solution to our world's challenges.
NASA and other space agency experts created these seven challenges as part of the ‘Take Action’ theme:
- Observe: Challenges in this category asked users to devise tools that make observational data more accessible for use by scientists, decision-makers, and the public.
- Inform: Participants were asked to look at space agency data with fresh eyes, coming up with effective ways for engaging others about scientific and historical information
- Sustain: Teams were asked to develop actions that we can take to sustain our home planet, so that it is liveable for future generations. Plus how can we sustain human life in the harsh conditions of space.
- Create: Challenges in this category asked participants to imagine, build, and create awareness.
- Confront: Participants in this category tackled a variety of issues at local, national, and/or global levels. Examining how technology can serve as a tool for change.
- Connect: Challenges in this category asked participants to examine communication methods, and to analyze the complex networks of people and ideas that contribute to space agency missions on Earth and in space.
We saw a huge interest in Meteomatics Weather API, with more than a hundred teams accessing Meteomatics Weather API. Helping users draw insight and analyse the realtionship between weather and earth systems in a very short period of time (over a weekend)!
We were also pleased to see a large number of participants utilising Meteomatics Training Videos, helping users get the most from Meteomatics Weather API, despite some participants lack of experience working with weather data!
We were really proud to be asked to collaborate by the NASA Space Apps Challenge Team and we look forward to seeing how the finalists and their exciting proposals answered the challenges posed by the Space Apps Challenge 2020.
In November 2020, the Space Apps Global Organizing Team will announce the Global Finalists and six Global Winners will be announced in early January. Meteomatics will share the results and the innovative solutions created on our social media channels and website.