1. How’s Your App-titude? Find Out by Helping NASA’s GIBS in the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge

How’s Your App-titude? Find Out by Helping NASA’s GIBS in the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge

Mark your calendar--the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge hackathon is April 22-24!

News Date: 3/31/2016

Josh Blumenfeld, EOSDIS Science Writer

NASA’s Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) is giving you a challenge. Actually three challenges:

  1. Aircheck (#Aircheck): Develop an app that incorporates GIBS atmospheric imagery to help crowdsource information about changes in environmental factors such as high temperature, pollen and allergens, or poor air quality that could cause physical problems
  2. Earth Live (#EarthLive): Develop a Web tool, mobile device app, or add-on for an existing app or website that leverages NASA imagery and climate data to illustrate and evaluate Earth changes over time, such as comparisons of long-term satellite data or looking at before and after images of changes caused by storms and other natural events
  3. Sea Ice App (#SeaIceAlaska): Develop an app to help track sea ice conditions in Alaska that does not require mobile network access for data collection.

NASA SpaceApps Challenge Logo 2016

These challenges are part of the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge hackathon, which takes place over 48 hours April 22-24. The goal of the event is for teams around the world to collaboratively develop open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. The event will be held both virtually and at more than 100 locations around the world.

The challenges in this year’s competition are divided into six categories: Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Technology, Earth, and Journey to Mars. The GIBS challenges are part of the Earth category.

Last year’s challenge featured 14,153 participants working at 133 locations worldwide on almost 950 individual projects. The 2015 People’s Choice Award winner, NatEv Explorer, was in response to the GIBS challenge to develop an app to crowd-source the discovery of interesting natural events observed from space.

GIBS is a key service of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS), and provides visualizations of NASA Earth observing satellite data. GIBS data can be viewed using the EOSDIS Worldview interactive interface and similar clients.

Check out the NASA Space Apps Challenge website at https://2016.spaceappschallenge.org/ for more information about the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge and to find locations near you where you can participate!

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017 at 10:29 AM EDT