National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has opened applications for Space Apps Nigeria 2015. Its hackathon is designed to bring together innovators from all backgrounds to proffer solutions to earth/space challenges. The event is scheduled to hold in Nigeria from April 16-19, 2015; in Lagos, Calabar and Ilorin.
SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program that embraces collaborative problem solving, where teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe engage with publicly available data, with the goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs that are applicable to life on earth and in space.
According to NASA’s website, “The idea of a Challenge is so compelling because it acknowledges the fact that the world is facing serious challenges – and that we all have to work together to approach them. While there, local hosts may offer prizes and the global award includes an opportunity to attend a NASA launch, the main challenge we focus on is enabling 48 hours of highly engaged collaboration- and discovering what we can create when that happens”.
This year’s event presents 25 challenges that focus on areas such as earth, outer space, humans and robotics; the event will also also draw in on Women-in-Technology.