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iHub By Jessica Colaço / March 16, 2012

International Space Apps Challenge

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The International Space Apps Challenge is an international codeathon-style event that will take place over a 48 hour period in cities on all seven continents – and in space – on the weekend of 21-22 April 2012. The iHub will host this event in Nairobi.

The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing solutions to global challenges.

How it Works

Participants such as concerned citizens, discipline experts, engineers, scientists, and software developers attend events hosted in cities around the world. At these events, individuals collaborate with others by forming teams focused on solving a particular challenge. The teams compete with other teams around the world to utilize publicly available data to design innovative “solutions” to a pre-determined series of global “challenges.” The challenges are collected prior to the event from supporting organizations.

Challenges

Challenges are grouped into four broad categories:

  1. Software Development
  2. Citizen Science Platforms
  3. Open Hardware
  4. Data Visualization

It’s not just about smart phone applications! The International Space Apps Challenge will provide solutions that:

  1. Address strategic exploration needs
  2. Address strategic social needs (life on Earth)

To date, 50+ challenges have been submitted. These challenges are being vetted with development communities such as the Yahoo! Developer Network to refine them prior to the event.

Event Locations

Events are confirmed in 11 locations on all 7 continents, and in space, including

  • San Francisco, United States
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Melbourne and Canberra, Australia
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Exeter and Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • McMurdo Station, Antarctica
  • International Space Station

The iHub will host the event in Nairobi.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at: www.jessicacolaco.wordpress.com


6 Comments
  • Hanif at 10:31:37AM Monday, March 19, 2012

    hey team. what if I wanted to attend this event? can you let me know on h2 at hanifh dot com please. thanks.

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  • Anderson at 11:02:10AM Monday, March 19, 2012

    Good morning I hub ,

    The challenge is a very good initiative and i really hope to participate in it.Am working in Jordan
    and i would love to know when is the deadline to submit the challenge..

    Thanks

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  • Simeon Oriko at 15:44:28PM Monday, March 19, 2012

    Hanif,

    please register at http://spaceappschallenge.com

    Reply
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