Build the Future, Hack the Universe

April 7, 2015 9:10 am PST | Open Data

NASA will be running its annual International Space Apps Challenge on April 10-12, an event which spans many cities around the world and gets interested people working with, exploring, and building things using NASA data. The event focuses on four key areas: Earth, outer space, humans, and robotics.  

The three-day hackathon challenges participants to develop mobile apps, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

Socrata is particularly interested in one challenge: Data Treasure Hunting.

Want to show us your stuff? Using data.nasa.gov, applicants are challenged to devise a clever way to discover rich keywords to describe potential, hidden, and secondary uses of open data. For example, how might you discover that a particular information asset might be relevant to or benefit from other keywords, such as waste-processing or disaster-preparedness? Remember: without these additional and seemingly unrelated keywords, entrepreneurs like you might not discover and use open data to solve perplexing problems.

Socrata will be sending five people — Mark Silverberg, Keith Prifte, Kathy Hsu, Ken Melero, and Christian Hoogerheyde — to the main NYC event for the Int’l Space Apps Challenge weekend, where we will provide in-person support and information about our platform and how we supported NASA. See you in NYC.


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