NASA Space Apps Challenge 2020 for Innovative & Creative Talents Worldwide

NASA Space Apps Challenge 2020 for Innovative & Creative Talents

NASA Space Apps Challenge 2020 for Innovative & Creative Talents Worldwide

Here is an opportunity for Nigerians to participate in creating solutions to our universe’s biggest challenges! NASA Space Apps Challenge is a global hackathon engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space.

This year, the event will be 100% virtual, and will nevertheless give participants the opportunity to connect with people from different backgrounds and talents to solve any of the challenges provided by NASA.

This year’s event is themed — “Take Action” — and it gives you the chance to bring projects to life for a wide range of applications .

Join us from October 2-4 in an all-virtual event. We are looking forward to seeing what innovative, creative ideas you bring to the community this year.

We encourage you to invite your friends along!

Space Apps is all about collaboration and the most successful teams are often ones with a diverse set of skills and expertise — coding, storytelling, creativity, data, science, engineering, technology, and more.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS ENTERING THE NASA SPACE APPS CHALLENGE

As you begin your Space Apps journey, we encourage you to keep the following information in mind. For comprehensive guides, please consult the Space Apps Challenge 2020 Participant FAQ  (Frequently Asked Questions). Other guides (on the chat platform, on team formation, on project submission, and on judging and awards) will be posted as the hackathon draws closer. All guides can be found on the Space Apps resources page and on your user dashboard under “Materials”.

  • Register for a Location!
    • You will not be able to participate in the hackathon until you have registered for a location. Please click the “Register Now” button on this page to register for this location. Or create a Space Apps account (if you do not already have one) to register.
    • If there is a location for your city or for a city near you, please register for that location. (Locations will be added through early September, so please check back for your location.)
    • If you do not see a local event for your city, please join the Universal Event. It is for everyone who is not affiliated with a location. You will be able to meet other people joining the Universal Event and form teams! (If a location near you is added at a later date, you may change your location.)
    • You can change your location at any time in your user dashboard, once you have created an account. Select “Change Location.”
    • Registration will be open through the end of the hackathon. However, we encourage you to create an account and register for a location at least one week before the hackathon in order to join the chat rooms and form teams.
  • Connect with your Local Lead: Each location page contains contact information for the “Local Leads” — the Space Apps volunteers from your location who will be organizing virtual gatherings for your location and providing support to participants both prior to and during the hackathon. (The Universal Event also has a Local Lead.)
  • Save the Date: The hackathon will begin Saturday, October 3 at 9:00 AM local time, when you and your team will be able to submit projects. The hackathon will end on Sunday, October 4 at 11:59 PM local time. The chat rooms and team formation will open in the week prior (see below).
  • Recruit Friends: We encourage you to invite your friends along! Typical Space Apps teams have 2-6 participants (the limit is 6 members per team). Space Apps is all about collaboration and the most successful teams are often ones with a diverse set of skills and expertise — coding, storytelling, creativity, data, science, engineering, technology, and more.
  • Connect with the Community: Follow Space Apps on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube to receive the latest announcements. In mid-September, tune in to our Virtual Bootcamp to access exclusive content from NASA, Local Leads, Space Apps Ambassadors, and former Global Winners. Guests will provide relevant workshops on data and other topics, discuss challenge themes, and provide tips for having a successful hackathon experience.
  • Pick a Challenge: The challenge categories are now available! Full challenge statements will be released on our website several weeks before the hackathon. Once they are posted, browse the options and decide which one you want to solve! Recommended data for each challenge can be found by clicking the “Resources” tab.
  • Join the Chat Rooms: Space Apps chat will open more than a week prior to the hackathon. There, you can connect with the global community and search for teammates. There will also be challenge channels, where you can connect with Subject-Matter Experts (SMEs) and Space Apps Ambassadors once the hackathon starts. They will be available to answer your questions about the challenges and the data, particularly during Space Apps weekend!
  • Join a Team: In the week leading up to the hackathon, you will be able to create your own team or request to join an existing team. To join an existing team, browse the teams on your location page or the challenge page of your choice.
  • Submit a Project: Once the hackathon starts on October 3 at 9AM (local time), start solving! Before the event ends, remember to complete your team’s project page (where you describe your project, tell us about the data you used, and share a demonstration of your project).
  • Judging and Awards: Space Apps is all about collaboration and problem solving. However, we do offer awards to the most promising projects. More information about judging and awards can be found in the Participant FAQ and will be shared closer to the start of the hackathon.

Schedule (All times Africa/Lagos)

Friday, October 2nd
  1. Arrival & Registration of Participants/Teams
  2. Schedule & Logistics Announcements

  3. Subject Matter Expert Briefing

  4. Begin Hacking

  5. Lunch Break

  6. Developing Continues

  7. Optional Progress Briefing, More Developing

  8. Dinner Break

  9. More Developing Till Dawn

Saturday, October 3rd
  1. Breakfast Lunch

  2. Logistics Briefing & Updates

  3. Begin Developing

  4. Lunch Break

  5. Developing Continued

  6. Optional Progress Briefing, More Developing

  7. Dinner Break

  8. More Developing Till Dawn

Sunday, October 4th
  1. Breakfast Lunch

  2. Logistics Briefing & Updates

  3. Begin Developing

  4. Submission Deadline

  5. Lunch Break

  6. Presentations

  7. Judging & Voting

  8. Awards

  9. Closing Remarks

  10. Photographs & Post-event Social

For more Information: Visit the webpage for NASA Space Apps Challenge 2020 for Innovative & Creative Talents Worldwide