In preparation for next month’s 48-hour global codeathon taking place April 20-21, the Space Apps team has now released their official list of challenges, with more than 50 opportunities in which you can participate: http://spaceappschallenge.org/challenges/
If you’re not already familiar with the Space Apps Challenge, it’s an amazing opportunity to work together with collaborators around the world to “solve current challenges relevant to both space exploration and social need.” For more information, please refer to our previous Space Apps post and visit the official website: http://spaceappschallenge.org
General categories for this year’s codeathon include software, hardware, citizen science, and data visualization. And they’re not just all about space… check out the challenges for “Backyard Poultry Farmer”, “Lego Rovers”, “OpenROV”, “Off the Grid”, “In the Sky with Diamonds” and “Renewable Energy Explorer.” There’s something for everyone.
While we think all of the proposed challenges are exciting, we here at HySpeed Computing have a particular interest in geospatial technologies and would therefore like to highlight some specific challenges speaking directly to the areas of remote sensing and earth observation:
- Earth Day Challenge – “How can space data help us here on Earth? April 22 is Earth Day. Create a visualization of how pollution levels have changed over time. Many pollution problems have been vastly improved, such as water pollution in the Great Lakes, and air pollution in Los Angeles. But others have significantly worsened, like CO2 emissions and ozone depletion.”
- The Blue Marble – “Create an app, platform or website that consolidates a collection of space imagery and makes it more accessible to more people.”
- EarthTiles – “Take global imagery data from Landsat, EOS, Terra, and other missions and turn them in to imagery tiles that can be used in an open source street map. This would enable incredible amounts of visualization and contextual data narration to occur, especially if such tiles were able to be updated on a regular basis as new data is released.”
- Seeing Water From Space – “Create a web map of Chile water resources, showing how they have changed over time and how their changes over time relate to changes in climate.”
- Earth From Space – “Using images taken by middle school students through the ISS EarthKAM program, create an educational application that allows users to overlay EarthKAM images on a 3D model of earth, annotate and comment on the images, and share their work via social media. This application can be web based or designed as a mobile application for an Android device.”
We’re excited to see what you can accomplish using Earth imagery. So look for an in-person event near you, or participate virtually from your own location. Good luck and happy coding!