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.
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 Oct 18-20, 2018 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 Second time this year.
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!
Space Apps participants will create solutions to mission-related challenges broken into six categories: CAN YOU BUILD A..., HELP OTHERS DISCOVER THE EARTH, VOLCANOES, ICEBERGS, AND ASTEROIDS (OH MY), WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS..., AN ICY GLARE, A UNIVERSE OF BEAUTY AND WONDER.
People build things to support life on Earth, and to explore Space! We build buildings, airplanes, cars and rockets, computers, satellites, habitats, and a dizzying host of other things. If someone can think of it, or if someone needs it, then someone can probably build it - whether today or in the future. Challenges in this category will ask you to use NASA’s data to creatively solve problems and show how you would create a variety of things, from buildings, to robotic helpers, to tools for citizen science – the possibilities are endless!
Understanding the field of science is central to living on Earth. For example: How does water move? How does our atmosphere work? Why are ice and snow important? And honestly, what is dirt? The Earth is composed of complicated systems - land, water, air, living things, and the planet itself - and understanding something about these systems is useful. Challenges in this category will ask you to craft something using NASA data – a story, a game, a video, or some other solution – that helps people discover how the Earth works.
Our planet and solar system are full of surprises – good ones, and tough ones. The good ones are the ones we see as helping us, such as when a long-awaited rainstorm refills a lake or reservoir. We call the tough ones “disasters” – such as when that same rainstorm causes a damaging flood. What such events all have in common is that 1) they affect us; and 2) we would like to know ahead of time when they are coming, if we possibly can, so that we can prepare. Challenges in this category will ask you to analyze NASA data to help anticipate, monitor, and recover from (or make best use of!) surprise events.
Earth-dwellers need many things: food, water, clean air, shelter, and other things too – the list is long and diverse. What are those things? What does it take to sustain and improve life on Earth for all of its inhabitants? And what will it take, eventually, to do that on other planets? Challenges in this category will ask you to tackle problems affecting some important aspect of life in this world (or on others!), and to interpret NASA data and concepts creatively to help find solutions.
Green, blue, grey, and white: there’s a lot going on at Earth’s poles, and in the high mountain regions where it is cold. These parts of the world are important; what happens there affects not only the poles and high places and their inhabitants, but the whole planet. From ice sheets and glaciers, to ice caps, frozen ground, and oceans, Earth’s cold places are dynamic. This challenge category will ask you to use NASA data to better understand, monitor and interpret Earth’s cryosphere. (Oh, and just one more thing: there are other planets with cryospheres, too! )
Sometimes it is hard to take it all in: Space is filled with amazing things. Studying the stars, galaxies, and planets can tell us so much about the Universe – and looking at the Universe can tell us so much about ourselves. There is room for both study and for appreciation of the sheer beauty of it all, as anyone who has gazed at shooting stars in a night sky can attest. From our vantage points here on Earth, from the International Space Station, and from NASA’s telescopes, satellites, and missions to explore the solar system, we are learning so much – and there is still more to learn and to see. Challenges in this category will invite you to think hard and be creative about space science and exploration, whether your viewpoint is scientific, technologic, artistic – or all three!
Explaining the rules
End of the preparatory day
Start the competation
End of the first day
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.
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.
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.
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.