UNH to host NASA Space Apps Challenge

Event will be run by the NH High Tech Council's TechWoman of the Year


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UNH grad Caleigh MacPherson, a NASA Solar System Ambassador and the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s TechWoman of the Year, will host the hackathon.

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, and UNHInnovation will host the NASA Space Apps Challenge from Saturday to Sunday, April 29-30, at 21 Madbury Road. The two-day event is open to high school seniors, college students and young professionals.  

Participants will share ideas and engage with open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in outer space. This year’s theme is Earth science, supporting NASA’s missions to monitor Earth's vital signs from land, air and space. Challenges represent NASA mission priorities in human-environment interactions, global water cycles, natural disasters, ecological systems and the mysteries of the planet.

NASA helps shed light on Earth’s many components including oceans, terrains, and living things, collecting high-quality data covering all parts of the planet over time to learn more about the world we live in, and to predict the future processes on Earth.

The event is considered one of the world's largest hackathons with events over 48 hours in more than 170 locations across six continents.

This year participants are asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualizations and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. Participants gain experience using robotics, data visualization, hardware, design and more.

Participants will be judged on creativity, sustainability, and potential impact of their project upon Earth science. Based on their results, participants will have the option of moving onto the global level, where they will have the opportunity to win badges to see a NASA launch. Last year’s winners had front row seats to the OSIRIS-Rex asteroid mission launch.

The UNH-IOL has partnered with the NASA Space Apps Challenge for the past three years. The event invites engineers, coders, makers, artists and storytellers to connect over mission-related challenges. The growing Space Apps community represents the core of NASA's Open Innovation Initiative. Together, participants have developed thousands of open-source solutions.

NASA Space Apps Durham is hosted by Caleigh MacPherson ’12, ‘14G, a NASA Solar System Ambassador and the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s TechWoman of the Year.

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