NASA Space Apps Challenge – Global winners announced

23 05 2013

The NASA Space Apps Challenge winners have been announced and the T-10 challenge from the Met Office event in London has won the Most Inspiring Award.

Spaceapps T-10 winners

The idea of T-10 was to create an app that could be used in space which would save astronauts time, whilst also connecting Earth and Space. T-10 is a prototype mobile application for use on the International Space Station. Astronauts can choose specific points of interest they wish to photograph, and T-10 will alert them shortly before the station is set to fly over that location if the current weather permits photography.

The app also can also alert astronauts to interesting weather phenomena and upload photos directly to Twitter, as well as alert Earth-based users when the ISS will fly overhead.
British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted “Congrats – great result. Means I shouldn’t ever miss a pic during my mission.”

The team’s next steps are to launch an earth app shortly which will feed data into the International Space Station Wave map.

Honourable mentions were also received for People of Soil in the Galactic Impact category, which was also worked on at the event in London. Two challenges from Exeter also had honourable mentions in the Best Use of Hardware category – Arduhack and Web Rover 1.

Some of the challenges were showcased at the Victoria and Albert Museum Digital Futures exhibition. Martin Roth, Director of the V&A said: “We are delighted to hear that T-10 have won a global award for their brilliant concept. The V&A seeks to inspire creativity and innovation and we are proud to have hosted T-10 and other teams involved in NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge at our Digital Futures event this week. It is great to see such ambitious collaborations between artists, designers and engineers help us understand the universe around us.”

Countdown to NASA Space Apps Challenge

18 04 2013

NASA Space Apps ChallengeThis weekend will see the Met Office again linking up with sites across the world for the NASA International Space Apps Challenge.

This year, the Met Office is the European lead event for the Space Apps Challenge, with other events in the UK being held in London, Glasgow, York and Leicester.

In Exeter, over 70 people will be collaborating on challenges which have been submitted by NASA teams and other contributors around the globe.

One challenge designed by Catherine Muller of Birmingham University and Michael Saunby of the Met Office is Smart Cities, Smart Climate. The challenge will look at how sensor networks in cities can be used to monitor the climate in urban areas.

As more of the world’s population now inhabit towns and cities, and the part of the world’s surface covered by built-up environments is growing, Urban environments are becoming increasingly important and relevant to study. Therefore much more data and tools for analysing that data are required.

Spaces are still available for Space Apps Challenge in Exeter. You can follow all the action from the weekend on Twitter @spaceappslondon and @spaceappsexeter.

Met Office European lead for NASA International Space Apps Challenge

1 03 2013

Next month, the Met Office will be the European lead event for the second International Space Apps Challenge.NASA Space Apps Challenge

In collaboration with governments and organisations around the world, the International Space Apps Challenge on the 20th and 21st April will bring together people on every continent to create open solutions with space data.

In the UK, events are being held at York University, Strathclyde University, Leicester University, London (Google Campus) and the Met Office, Exeter.

An initiative of the Open Government Partnership, the International Space Apps Challenge will showcase the impact that people working together around the world can have on addressing challenges, both on earth and in space, by using open government data resulting from space technology.

Events are planned in cities around the globe and encompass far more than just the development of mobile apps. The event will focus on four challenge areas—software, open hardware, citizen science and data visualisation—providing a platform for open innovation and collaborative problem solving.

Phil Evans, Government Services Director at the Met Office said: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with NASA for a second year and also to be European Lead for the International Space Apps Challenge. Last year was a great success, with one team from the Met Office picking up an international award. We look forward to seeing the challenges participants create this year.”  

Teams at the event will also be using our DataPoint web service. This gives access to operational UK weather data and observations as well as exploiting other open data sets available from the Met Office and other participating organisations.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Challenge and to register your interest, visit the Space Apps Challenge homepage. Keep up to date with the latest news on Twitter on @SpaceAppsLondon and @SpaceAppsExeter.


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