NASA gears up for fourth annual Space Apps Challenge

NASA gears up for fourth annual Space Apps Challenge

NASA hopes to harness the ideas and coding prowess of more than 10,000 participants across 62 countries this weekend as part of the 2015 International Space Apps Challenge.  The April 10-12 event, which boasts physical gatherings in 136 cities as well as a worldwide virtual collaborative space, will tackle a wide range of challenges, organized under the broad categories of "Outer Space," "Earth," "Humans" and "Robotics."

Participants will also have access to more than 200 NASA datasets as well as  more than 100 cloud-based development tools from IBM, including Watson analytics, via IBM's Bluemix platform.  NASA's goal is to incubate innovative ideas and identify talent for future collaborations, while IBM gets to introduce thousands of developers to Bluemix. 

NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan appeared in the following video as part of the challenge's promotional efforts, explaining the benefits of participating:

This will be the fourth International Space Apps Challenge; the hackathon itself is April 11 and 12, preceded by a livestreamed coding bootcamp on April 10.  Additional information, including the full list of projects and signup details for various in-person gatherings, can be found at https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/.

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