University of Leicester launches contribution to 'International Space Apps' challenge event

Posted by de57 at Apr 18, 2013 04:53 PM |
NASA-led global event for creative technology development comes to Leicester

The Space IDEAS Hub, based in the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester, is organising Leicester’s contribution to the NASA-led ‘International Space Apps Challenge’.

The International Space Apps Challenge is a collaborative, open, creative technology event which brings citizens from around the world together to overcome challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and life in space.

Leicester is joining 75 sites around the world to host support events, linking sites from Auckland to Winnipeg and including Antarctica and the International Space Station.

Representatives of space agencies will team up with scientists and participants, using publicly released open data to create solutions for a range of challenges such as designing a deployable greenhouse for long term missions to the Moon or Mars or developing an interactive app to explore the Moon.

Dr Ed Chester (pictured) of the Space IDEAS Hub said “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 are prizes offered for great solutions, the main focus on is enabling 48 hours of highly engaged collaboration- and discovering what we can create when that happens.”

The Leicester event is being hosted by the LCB Depot and is supported by the informal Leicester Tech Startups group.

The event will take place over the weekend of 19-21 April 2013. Registration is open now! Join in at www.spaceappsleicester.org

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