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And the Global Finalists Are . . .

Out of more than 1,350 submitted apps, the 25 nominees for Global Awards in NASA's 2018 Space Apps Challenge have been announced.

NASA International Space Apps Challenge

The world’s largest hackathon is now down to 25 nominees for Global Awards in NASA's 2018 Space Apps Challenge.

Over an intense weekend in mid-October, almost 18,000 participants representing 2,729 teams created more than 1,350 projects in response to NASA challenges for solving problems on Earth and in space. This year’s Space Apps Challenge took place at a record number of locations (200 venues, including virtual teams) and countries (75), and featured more teams and submitted projects than ever before.

Global Finalists are nominated in six categories:

  • Best Use of Data: The solution that best makes data accessible or leverages data to a unique application.
  • Best Use of Hardware: The solution that exemplifies the most innovative use of hardware.
  • Best Mission Concept: The solution with the most plausible solution concept and design.
  • Galactic Impact: The solution with the most potential to improve life on Earth or in the universe.
  • Most Inspirational: The solution that captures judge’s hearts.
  • Best Use of Science: The solution that makes the best and most valid use of science and/or the scientific method.

Aria EarthMOOG splash page

Global Finalist Aria EarthMOOG (Best Use of Data) uses color values of web map tile images coupled with individual pixel RGB (Red, Green, Blue) values in imagery available through the EOSDIS Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) to generate unique sounds and melodies. Aria EarthMOOG was created in response to the challenge to “Use NASA Earth imagery data to create 1) an art piece, or 2) a tool that allows the imagery to be manipulated to create unique pieces of art.”

Many of this year’s participating teams used data and services available through NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). EOSDIS provides end-to-end capabilities for managing NASA’s Earth science data collection. These data represent some of the most complex and diverse Earth science datasets on the planet, and are acquired from satellites, aircraft, field measurements, and numerous other programs.

Judging took place at each Challenge location (including virtual teams), and apps were evaluated based on impact, creativity, validity, relevance, and presentation. Each local event could nominate up to two projects to advance to global judging, which resulted in 339 nominees for global awards. A panel of NASA experts narrowed the nominees to the selected finalists. In addition to global awards, many Space Apps Challenge venues also provided local awards.

Global Award winners will be announced in January and will be featured on NASA's Space Apps website. In addition, Global Winners receive an invitation to visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, with the Space Apps Global Organizing Team. Stay tuned!

Published December 19, 2018

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2019 at 12:56 PM EDT