From a voice and gesture command system for spacecraft, to an app that provides farmers information about their crops’ health, this year’s winners of the International Space Apps Challenge cover a wide range of technology solutions for space exploration and life on Earth.
NASA, in conjunction with other space agencies around the world, held the fourth annual code-a-thon April 10-12 at more than 135 locations worldwide and the results are in.
Winning apps were selected in six categories, including a People’s Choice Award, whereas the NatEv team from the Kosovo event, which was organized by Innovation Centre Kosovo, went as the most voted team and is now confirmed as a winner.
NatEVÂ Explorer project contributes in the discovery of the natural hazards and catastrophes that happen every second around the world. It encourages the crowdsource to discover and â€œtagâ€ interesting natural events and potential threats to humans through the real-time earth observatory data provided by NASA.
Best Use of Data
NY Space Tag (developed in New York) offers a data tagging system that extracts keywords and core concepts to more easily query NASA data.
Best Use of Hardware
Valkyrie (Sofia, Bulgaria) is a smart glove and mobile device that enables gesture and voice recognition to ease automation tasks for work or play.
Best Mission Concept
Arachnobeea from (Limassol, Cyprus) designed a spider-bee drone for small cargo transport with a grab and capture capability and the ability to dock and release.
CROPP from (Rome) is a bottle-bot with sensors to gather in-situ data applied to optical and radar satellite imaging to provide real-time crop risk assessment.
Robot Tracking and Sensing (Kathmandu, Nepal) enables users to explore and extract data from nearby objects using a mobile robot platform with smartphone sensors.
People’s Choice Award
NatEv Explorer (Pristina, Kosovo) uses real-time earth observation data to populate an interactive 3-D globe crowdsourced tagging and discovery of potential natural hazards and threats.
All award finalists were nominated at the local level from among the local winners. Submissions for global judging were required to create a 30-second video to describe the project solution.
Social media users around the world joined the judging action to vote for their favorite projects. People’s Choice Award winner NatEv Explorer received the highest score of 69,000 votes.
Winners were invited to attend the September launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida of SpaceX’s eighth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. To learn more about the International Space Apps Challenge and recent winners, visit http://spaceappschallenge.org.