1. NASA's 2017 Space Apps Challenge Global Award Finalists Announced

NASA's 2017 Space Apps Challenge Global Award Finalists Announced

More than 2,000 projects created for NASA's 2017 Space Apps Challenge have been narrowed to 30 finalists for Global Awards in six categories.

Josh Blumenfeld, EOSDIS Science Writer

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The wait is almost over to find out which of the 30 apps selected as Global Award Finalists in NASA's 2017 Space Apps Challenge will receive Global Awards. 25 apps are vying for awards in five categories, while five apps are competing for the distinction of Global People’s Choice Award, which is selected by votes from the worldwide community.

The goal of NASA's Space Apps Challenge is for teams to collaboratively develop apps addressing global needs applicable to both life on Earth and in space. During the 48-hour hackathon held April 28-29, teams at 187 locations in 69 countries (including virtual teams) developed 2,017 open source apps responding to specific challenges posed by NASA.

Along with five apps selected by the global community to compete for the Global People’s Choice award, a panel of NASA experts selected Global Award Finalists in five categories:

  • Best Use of Data
  • Best Use of Hardware
  • Best Mission Concept
  • Galactic Impact
  • Most Inspirational

Earth Trek app

Nominees for Global Awards created short videos describing their projects for evaluation by a panel of NASA experts. All apps created for the NASA Space Apps Challenge are open source.

Many of the challenges required participating teams to incorporate Earth science data and services from NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). For example, the four members of Best Use of Data finalist SATrek (located in Buenos Aires, Argentina) created EarthTrek, an app utilizing imagery from the EOSDIS Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) to visualize Earth science missions and their data in three dimensions. Best Use of Hardware finalist Technology vs FIRE, or TVF, located in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, uses fire data from the EOSDIS Worldview data visualization application in their Smart Ball Extinguisher app to help pinpoint wildfires and crowdsource the management of these fires.

Final Global Award winners are expected to be announced by the end of June, with Global Award winning teams (including the Global People’s Choice Award winner) invited to attend a NASA launch. For more information about this year’s competition and award winners, follow @spaceapps or check out NASA's 2017 Space Apps Challenge website.

Published June 6, 2017

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2019 at 11:49 AM EDT