In Nepal, we grew up listening to the mythical stories of Chandra Dev, Surya Dev, Sapta Rishi, and Dhurba Tara. As youth, we were curious about the Earth, moon, sun, and the stars, often looking into the night sky and wondering what exists beyond the constellations.
Through NASA’s space exploration program, many questions about space and the universe have been answered. NASA research and applications have also helped us realize the benefits of using space technology for earth observation – including in responding to disaster, understanding climate change, monitoring agriculture, tracking air pollution, and conserving biodiversity. Examples of this can be seen on the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development’s (ICIMOD) Mountain GeoPortal.
Now, through NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, people from all over the world have been given a chance to learn more about space technology and earth observation applications and use their knowledge and skills to develop meaningful solutions to help to address critical global challenges.
This year, we are happy to announce that the people of Nepal have an opportunity to participate in this challenge. Working with experts from ICIMOD to learn more about the issues facing the region, participants will use their skills and knowledge to develop solutions to pressing problems, especially those that are affecting communities in the Himalayas. This is an opportunity you can’t ignore and challenge you can’t afford to miss!
We are calling on the best and the brightest software developers, engineers, designers and technologists from Nepal to join us in responding to real-world problems with solutions than can have a lasting impact.
What is the International Space Apps Challenge?
The International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon with events on all seven continents and in space that will take place over a 48-hour period from 20 to 21 April.
The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing open-source solutions to global challenges.
What is a hackathon?
Hackathons are technology development marathons that draw on the talents and initiative of bright-minded developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a desire to make an immediate impact on the world. They are focused on developing real solutions to global challenges by the end of the event.
The first International Space Apps Challenge was held in April 2012 in 25 cities around the world. The event brought together over 2,000 participants (age 16–70) to address 71 featured challenges, which are focused on contributing to space exploration missions and helping to improve life on Earth. More than 100 unique open-source solutions were developed in less than 48 hours.
To view the results, visit http://2012.spaceappschallenge.org.
Because of the event’s success in 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge has been made an annual event. Our vision is that the International Space Apps Challenge will continue to give people everywhere an unprecedented opportunity to developed meaningful solutions to help address critical needs applicable to both space exploration and improving lives on Earth.
Global Event Locations
In 2012, the challenge took place in 25 cities in 17 countries on all seven continents – from San Francisco to Nairobi. We anticipate this year’s event to be even bigger, with up to 70 official locations, including one in Kathmandu, as well as virtual participation from around the globe.
The only true requirement for participating in the event is a passion for making a difference and getting involved. Anyone can participate in the International Space Apps Challenge, which requires individuals with a broad range of skills. Participants could include engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, and entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing the world and is willing to devote two days to this exciting event.
About the Kathmandu Hackathon
What is the enrollment cost?
Who are the organizers in Nepal?
ICIMOD and YoungInnovations Pvt. Ltd
What is the date of the hackathon?
20–21 April 2013
What is the deadline to register?
15 April 2013
Where will the Kathmandu hackathon be held?
Direction Exhibition and Convention Center Hall (DECC), United World Trade Center (UWTC), Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
How can I register?
Fill out the registration form by following the Register Now link on the Kathmandu location’s dedicated webpage.
What challenges can I work on?
NASA has compiled a list of featured challenges for participants to choose from that include a wide range of topics, including possibilities for software and hardware development, citizen science, and data visualization.
For regular updates:
On Twitter, please follow #spaceapps for international updates and #spaceapps_ktm for updates on the Kathmandu Hackathon, as well as @spaceappsktm @ICIMOD @MountainGeoPortal or @mobilenepal
International Spaceapps Challenge [NASA], Kathmandu: http://www.facebook.com/spaceappsktm
Mountain GeoPortal: www.facebook.com/MountainGeoPortal
Suyesh Pradhan, ICIMOD
Bimal Maharjan, Younginnovations Pvt. Ltd
Mobile : 9849958666
For more information please visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/about/faq/