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.