Computing teams aim for the stars with NASA Space Apps Challenge

13 April 2015

Teams working on the Space Apps Challenge

Teams working on the Space Apps Challenge

Teams from all over the world took part in the 2015 International Space Apps Challenge, which in Scotland was hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University’s Student Association and the GCU Ethical Hacking Society.

The event, which took place on April 11-12, is set and overseen by space agency NASA. Space Apps is a NASA incubator innovation programme.

The Glasgow winners were Stereo Vision Experiement Review Tool and Icarus, developers of a tool allowing scientists to review the videos captured from ISS experiments, and a web app providing different types of visualisation of ISS telemetry data. Roflcopter took the People's Choice award.

The projects will join the global judging process, the results of which will be announced in May. Finalists will move into the final round of judging by NASA executives.

The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. 

During the two-day contest, teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe collaborated and engaged with publicly available data.

Participants developed mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualisation and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and improve life on Earth.

Katrin Hartmann, Programme Leader and Lecturer in Computing, said: “I was delighted to be a judge on the 2015 International Space Apps Challenge, which in Scotland was hosted by the Glasgow Caledonian Student Association and the GCU Ethical Hacking Society.

“It was amazing to see the teams of developers working together to create innovative solutions with open space data and to see the impressive applications that were developed in such a short period of time. This event is a great inspiration to our students.”

See more pictures from the event.