1. Help NASA’s GIBS Find Volcanoes, Icebergs, and Cats from Space in the 2015 International Space Apps Challenge

Help NASA’s GIBS Find Volcanoes, Icebergs, and Cats from Space in the 2015 International Space Apps Challenge

NASA GIBS wants to know if you have the app-titude to build an open-source solution to their 2015 Space Apps Challenge: "Volcanoes, Icebergs, and Cats from Space."

Josh Blumenfeld, EOSDIS Science Writer

2015 International Space Apps Challenge

NASA’s Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) wants to know if your app-titude is good enough to help them solve a challenge: develop an app to crowdsource the discovery of “interesting” natural events observed from space.

The challenge is part of the 2015 International Space Apps Challenge hack-a-thon, which takes place over 48 hours April 11-12. 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 134 locations around the world. Last year’s challenge featured about 7,000 participants, including about 80 participants working on GIBS-related challenges.

The 35 challenges in this year’s competition are divided into four categories: Outer Space, Earth, Humans, and Robotics. The GIBS challenge, “Volcanoes, Icebergs, and Cats from Space” is part of the Earth category, and asks teams to create an app to help crowdsource the search for interesting Earth events from images captured by NASA’s fleet of Earth observing satellites, such as erupting volcanoes, burning wildfires, and, yes, cat-shaped clouds.

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 other clients.

For more information about the 2015 Space Apps Challenge, check out the NASA Space Apps Challenge blog at http://spaceapps.tumblr.com/.

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017 at 10:28 AM EDT