Over the weekend, the Met Office hosted the NASA led International Space Apps Challenge. Months of planning and challenge selection culminated in a global event with over 480 organisations and more than 9,000 people taking part in 83 cities.The Met Office hosted events at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter and Google Campus in London, which saw over 150 participants work on challenges using open data.
Teams at the event in Exeter participated in a number of challenges including the Arduhack challenge which looked at extending the functionality of the ArduSat with a Raspberry Pi computer and steerable web camera to send images of the Earth to mobile phones.
The judges were extremely impressed by the collaboration of the teams and the progress made on all of the challenges. The two winning solutions, decided by a panel of judges from, Mubaloo, Dundee University and Tangerine Bee, were WebRover1 and Arduhack. These will now be judged against other winning challenges globally, with winners announced a week after the event.
Mark Mason, CEO of Mubaloo said: “We are delighted to have been able to judge at the NASA Space Apps Challenge for the second year in a row. The challenge has again highlighted how much can be achieved in such a short space of time with teams working together using crowdsourcing and open source data. We’d like to wish the winning teams from Exeter best of luck in the global judging.”