Saudi Space Apps Challenge

April 27-29, 2017

Jeddah

Jeddah

Riyadh

Riyadh

Dhahran

Dhahran

Jubail

Jubail

Madinah

Madinah

What is it about?

Saudi Space Apps Challenge is a two-day hackathon where teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges.

The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to advance space exploration missions and improve life on earth.

Hackathon?

Hackathons are technology development marathons that draw on the talents and initiative of bright-minded volunteers, developers, engineers, technologists, designers and anyone with a passion and desire to have an immediate impact on the world.

They are open to anyone who has a passion for making a difference, and focused on developing real solutions to global challenges.

This hackathon is part of a larger process of defining challenges relevant to earth and space, intensively working to prototype solutions over the course of the April 27-29, 2017 weekend, and subsequently refining and implementing the most promising prototypes.

NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators and local partner organizations. This year it will run in more than 125 locations throughout the globe, Saudi will take part of it for the first time.

The World Needs Your Ideas

Space Apps is an annual event that pulls citizens together regardless of their background or skill level. Do not let the name fool you... it is not just about apps! Tackle a challenge using robotics, data visualization, hardware, design and many other specialties! Inspire each other while you learn and create using stories, code, design and, most of all, YOUR ideas. Show us your problem-solving skills and you may be a Space Apps award winner or featured on Open NASA!

Code

Code

Design

Design

Ideas

Ideas

Words

Words

Where in Saudi?

Jeddah Location

Jeddah

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Riyadh Location

Riyadh

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Dhahran Location

Dhahran

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Jubail Location

Jubail

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Madinah Location

Madinah

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Space Apps 2017
Challenge Categories

Space Apps participants will create solutions to mission-related challenges broken into six categories: Aeronautics, International Space Station, Solar System & Beyond, Technology, Earth and the Journey to Mars.

The Earth and Us

The Earth and Us

NASA Earth Science uses space-borne and aircraft measurements to help us characterize, understand, and predict variability and trends in Earth's system for both research and specific applications. As our only known habitat, this planet — including its phenomena like climate and weather, and natural resources like forests and oceans — influences all aspects of our lives. NASA Earth Science data and products allow us to understand our home planet and its response to natural or human-induced changes, which helps us make informed decisions to enhance our lives.

Challenges in this category will ask you to combine NASA Earth Science data with sociological and economic information to generate new understanding and perspectives on human-environment interactions.

Planetary Blues

Planetary Blues

Making up roughly 60% of the mass of our bodies and over 70% percent of the surface of the Earth, liquid and frozen water are naturally of interest to NASA as we search for water and life on other planets, and try to meet the increasing demands for freshwater here on Earth. NASA Earth Science data and products allow us to better manage water quality and quantity, and to predict processes of the global water cycle.

Challenges in this category will ask you to analyze and visualize NASA’s data on the hydrosphere (surface and groundwater, etc.) and the cryosphere (sea ice and ice sheets, etc.).

Warning! Danger Ahead!

Warning! Danger Ahead!

Natural disasters, like wildfires, earthquakes, and landslides, wreak havoc on the lives of people all over the world every year. Additionally, many natural phenomena bring with them increased risks of deaths and illnesses from exposure to hazardous chemicals and pollutants, and the spread of communicable diseases. NASA’s Earth observations allow improved understanding and forecasting, and thus, better preparation for and response to these threats.

Challenges in this category will ask you to analyze NASA data to assist in monitoring natural disasters and phenomena associated with health risks, and to assess their impacts on life and property.

Our Ecological Neighborhood

Our Ecological Neighborhood

NASA conducts explorations in search of life not only on other planets, but also to understand life right here on our home planet. The 18 Earth Science missions that orbit the Earth reveal clues about the environments and species that make up our ecological neighborhood, and help us answer questions about our biosphere.

Challenges in this category will ask you to use NASA Earth Science data to study ecological systems and generate solutions to understand life here on Earth better.

Ideate and Create!

Ideate and Create!

Reaching out to the farthest expanses of our universe and diving deep to understand the mysteries of our own planet would not be possible without the innovative and creative spirit of explorers! NASA Earth Science channels the imagination of scientists, engineers, and storytellers like YOU to solve challenges that we face here on Earth.

Challenges in this category will ask you to interpret NASA Earth Science data creatively and design new means to experience NASA Earth Science data and technologies.


Event Schedule

Preparatory day

7:00pm
Registration

8:00pm
Opening

8:30pm
Explaining the rules

8:45pm
Team building

9:30pm
End of the preparatory day

Competition First Day

8:30am
Registration

9:00am
Start the competation

1:00pm
Break

2:00pm
Continuation

11:30pm
End of the first day

Competition Second and Last Day

9:00am
Continuation

1:00pm
Projects Delivery

1:00pm
Break

2:30pm
Judging

7:00pm
Announcing winners

Space Apps 2017
Challenge Categories

Space Apps participants will create solutions to mission-related challenges broken into six categories: Aeronautics, International Space Station, Solar System & Beyond, Technology, Earth and the Journey to Mars.

Aeronautics

Aeronautics

Space Station

Space Station

Solar System

Solar System

Technology

Technology

Earth

Earth

Journey to Mars

Journey to Mars

Participate

Participate

Everyone can participate. Programmers, developers, engineers, technologists, designers and anyone with a passion and desire to have an immediate impact on the world. You can choose any challenge that captures your imagination and uses your skills. Teams will created from participants interested in working on particular projects.

Register

Register

Each participant is required to register on Saudi's page on the international website in order to be eligible to participate and hack on a project over the course of the weekend.

Registeration Closed
Solutions

Solutions

Participants will collaborate to build software, hardware, data visualization and any other solutions. All solutions must submitted under an open source license that permits the free and open dissemination of the work. NASA and the other supporting organizations DO NOT own the rights to nor are committed to utilize any solution developed during the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Organizer

Geeks Valley



Strategic Partners

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تقنية

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