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General Release: Launch of Inaugural Singapore Space Apps Challenge, 20-21 Apr 2013
Are you passionate about science, the environment, space or astrophysics? If so, come and join like-minded people for the first ever Singapore Space Apps Challenge and be part of this unique opportunity to contribute first hand to the development of our understanding of space.
The Singapore Space Apps Challenge is part of the International Space Apps Challenge, organised by NASA, ESA and other space agency partners. The International Space Apps Challenge is a hackathon that will take place over a 48 hour period in cities on all seven continents, including the International Space Station and McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on the weekend of 20-21 April 2013.
During the hackathon teams can work on their own projects, local or regional challenges as well as Nasa-backed global ‘challenges’. People can either take part as a team or form a team at the start of the event. Challenges have been divided into 4 categories; Software, Open Hardware, Citizen Science and Data Visualisations. Prizes will be awarded for the best performing teams over the weekend and the best 2 projects will be submitted to a global competition that is judged by Nasa.
Join 75 Cities Worldwide
The vision for the International Space Apps Challenge is to give people everywhere an unprecedented opportunity to develop meaningful solutions to help to address critical needs applicable to both life in space and on Earth.
The first International Space Apps Challenge was held in 2012 and brought together over 2,000 participants (ages 16-70) in 25 cities to address 71 challenges focused on improving life in space and on Earth! More than 100 unique open-source solutions were developed in less then 48 hours. This year the International Space Apps Challenge is expected to take place in 75 cities and will bring space enthusiasts together from all over the world.
Fergie Miller, organiser of the Singapore Space Apps Challenge comments,
‘It’s exciting to be running the Singapore Space Apps Challenge for the first time and joining space enthusiasts from all over the world for this unique event. Singapore is fast becoming a science and technology hub in South East Asia and we’ve already had lots of interest from partners and people interested in registering.’
The Singapore Space Apps Challenge is being organized in association with the Singapore Space And Technology Association and is being promoted through local media and directly to universities, schools and other stakeholders in the community.
The great folk over at Microsoft have kindly offered to host the Singapore Space Apps Challenge at their offices at One Marina Bay and the programme for the event can be found at our local sitehttp://singaporespaceappschallenge.com/. As well as working on challenges, there will be talks organised from industry specialists (including Nasa’s very own Ali Llewellyn), mentors on hand to provide advice, and on the Sunday afternoon we finish with a judging panel and awards ceremony.
To register for the event please visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/locations/singapore/ and for updates please likehttp://www.facebook.com/SingaporeSpaceAppsChallenge. If you are interested in submitting a challenge or have any queries please feel free to contact Fergie on the details below.
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Singapore Space Apps Challenge