Space Apps Challenge 2018: A weekend of innovation and creativity
Fuelled by caffeine, lack of sleep and creativity, over 425 Canadians, mostly university students, spent the last weekend finding solutions to real-world problems using space and other data during the NASA Space Apps Challenge, a 48-hour hackathon. For a second year in a row, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) contributed to Space Apps by providing datasets, challenges and expert support on location and virtually.
Of the Canadian teams participating, 25 worked on our challenges in either of the six host cities across the country. Eleven of those teams were selected to win a CSA Award. The following winning teams will have the chance to converse with one of our Canadian astronauts.
|AstroMentis||Be a bio-spy||Montreal|
|Captiosus||Be a bio-spy||Ottawa|
|The Lost Boy||Save the coasts of the North (Joint NRCan/CSA challenge)||Ottawa|
|Microdoze||Be a bio-spy||Toronto|
|The Oblate Spheroids||Communicate climate change||Kitchener-Waterloo|
|Nerds of a Feather||Be a bio-spy||Kitchener-Waterloo|
|Team Winnipeg: Jets to Space||Save the coasts of the North (Joint NRCan/CSA challenge)||Winnipeg|
|Team Jaime||Be a bio-spy||Winnipeg|
|Bio-spy YEG||Be a bio-spy||Edmonton|
|The Impactors||Asteroid explorer||Edmonton|
Sincere congratulations to all the participants and the winning teams! Your spirit of innovation, brain power and skills are impressive and inspiring!
We would like to also thank our CSA mentors and judges as well as our scientist colleagues from Natural Resources Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Defense Research and Development Canada who provided support either on-site or virtually.
Finally, a very special shout out to the local organizers and volunteers in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Winnipeg and Edmonton for all their hard work and time. You provide an important platform to the developers, designers, engineers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow to share ideas, spur creative thinking and increase knowledge.
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