NASA Brings Space App Challenge To UAE

On 19 April 2013,  some of the UAE’s brightest tech stars will gather in Abu Dhabi to take part in the Gulf region’s first ever Space Apps Challenge.

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. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators and 100+ local partner organizations.

With events planned in over 40 nations, the International Space Apps Challenge is a non-stop 48 hour “technology marathon” (hackathon), taking place for the first time in the GCC in UAE, April 19-20, 2013, and sponsored by Abu Dhabi Water and Electric Authority (ADWEA).

The Arab Youth Venture Foundation, producer of the event, announces an open call for citizens and students with skills in ICT, engineering, design, and business disciplines interested in varying aspects of space exploration and who wish to contribute their creativity.

Lisa LaBonte, CEO of AYVF explains, “The Space Apps Challenge can be considered ‘collaborative science and development among nations’ – much like what’s occurred to create, and continues to occur to operate, the International Space Station. Space technologies and applications impact our daily lives on earth by bolstering critical sectors such as water and power, navigation, communications, agriculture, environmental monitoring, and emergency management.”

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