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NASA Space Apps Challenge


2017

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NASA Space Apps Challenge


2017

What is the NASA Space Apps Challenge?

MoonshotX and NASA are on a mission to foster innovation around challenges affecting us at home and in space. Space Apps is an annual event that pulls citizens together regardless of their background or skill level. Don't let the name fool you... it's not just about apps!

Tackle a challenge using robotics, data visualization, hardware, design and many other specialties. Inspire each other while you learn and create using stories, code, design and, most of all, YOUR ideas. Show us your problem-solving skills and share your talents with the world. Who knows, maybe your idea will become a real space business!

This year, we are combining challenges written by NASA along with our own which will address some of the problems we face here in Australia and abroad. For 48 hours, problem solvers from all over the world will participate in one of the largest hackathons in the universe. Students, experts, engineers, makers, artists, storytellers - Space Apps is for everyone! 

We welcome ALL passionate problem solvers to join our community of innovators. Participants from across the globe have already created thousands of open-source solutions together through code, data visualizations, hardware and design. Last year we had participants from 6 continents and 161 cities participating at the Space Apps Challenge! 

Join us on April 29-30th 2017 to be a part of creating the next generation of space technology!

Use the hashtags #OzSpace #mX17 and #SpaceApps on social media!

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Challenges


Challenges


Welcome, Space Cadet!

The NASA Space Apps 2017 challenges will be Earth-themed.
We look forward to releasing the challenges in more details soon, in the meanwhile here is the sneak peek at 2017 challenge categories. More details can be found on the central Space Apps website here!

The Earth and Us NASA Earth Science uses space-borne and aircraft measurements to help us characterize, understand, and predict variability and trends in Earth's system for both research and specific applications. As our only known habitat, this planet — including its phenomena like climate and weather, and natural resources like forests and oceans — influences all aspects of our lives.  NASA Earth Science data and products allow us to understand our home planet and its response to natural or human-induced changes, which helps us make informed decisions to enhance our lives. Challenges in this category will ask you to combine NASA Earth Science data with sociological and economic information to generate new understanding and perspectives on human-environment interactions. 

The Earth and Us

NASA Earth Science uses space-borne and aircraft measurements to help us characterize, understand, and predict variability and trends in Earth's system for both research and specific applications. As our only known habitat, this planet — including its phenomena like climate and weather, and natural resources like forests and oceans — influences all aspects of our lives.  NASA Earth Science data and products allow us to understand our home planet and its response to natural or human-induced changes, which helps us make informed decisions to enhance our lives.

Challenges in this category will ask you to combine NASA Earth Science data with sociological and economic information to generate new understanding and perspectives on human-environment interactions. 

 
Our Ecological Neighborhood NASA conducts explorations in search of life not only on other planets, but also to understand life right here on our home planet. The 18 Earth Science missions that orbit the Earth reveal clues about the environments and species that make up our ecological neighborhood, and help us answer questions about our biosphere. Challenges in this category will ask you to use NASA Earth Science data to study ecological systems and generate solutions to understand life here on Earth better. 

Our Ecological Neighborhood

NASA conducts explorations in search of life not only on other planets, but also to understand life right here on our home planet. The 18 Earth Science missions that orbit the Earth reveal clues about the environments and species that make up our ecological neighborhood, and help us answer questions about our biosphere.

Challenges in this category will ask you to use NASA Earth Science data to study ecological systems and generate solutions to understand life here on Earth better. 

Planetary Blues Making up roughly 60% of the mass of our bodies and over 70% percent of the surface of the Earth, liquid and frozen water are naturally of interest to NASA as we search for water and life on other planets, and try to meet the increasing demands for freshwater here on Earth. NASA Earth Science data and products allow us to better manage water quality and quantity, and to predict processes of the global water cycle.  Challenges in this category will ask you to analyze and visualize NASA’s data on the hydrosphere (surface and groundwater, etc.) and the cryosphere (sea ice and ice sheets, etc.).

Planetary Blues

Making up roughly 60% of the mass of our bodies and over 70% percent of the surface of the Earth, liquid and frozen water are naturally of interest to NASA as we search for water and life on other planets, and try to meet the increasing demands for freshwater here on Earth. NASA Earth Science data and products allow us to better manage water quality and quantity, and to predict processes of the global water cycle. 

Challenges in this category will ask you to analyze and visualize NASA’s data on the hydrosphere (surface and groundwater, etc.) and the cryosphere (sea ice and ice sheets, etc.).

 
Ideate and Create! Reaching out to the farthest expanses of our universe and diving deep to understand the mysteries of our own planet would not be possible without the innovative and creative spirit of explorers!  NASA Earth Science channels the imagination of scientists, engineers, and storytellers like YOU to solve challenges that we face here on Earth. Challenges in this category will ask you to interpret NASA Earth Science data creatively and design new means to experience NASA Earth Science data and technologies. 

Ideate and Create!

Reaching out to the farthest expanses of our universe and diving deep to understand the mysteries of our own planet would not be possible without the innovative and creative spirit of explorers!  NASA Earth Science channels the imagination of scientists, engineers, and storytellers like YOU to solve challenges that we face here on Earth.

Challenges in this category will ask you to interpret NASA Earth Science data creatively and design new means to experience NASA Earth Science data and technologies. 

Warning! Danger Ahead! Natural disasters, like wildfires, earthquakes, and landslides, wreak havoc on the lives of people all over the world every year.  Additionally, many natural phenomena bring with them increased risks of deaths and illnesses from exposure to hazardous chemicals and pollutants, and the spread of communicable diseases. NASA’s Earth observations allow improved understanding and forecasting, and thus, better preparation for and response to these threats.   Challenges in this category will ask you to analyze NASA data to assist in monitoring natural disasters and phenomena associated with health risks, and to assess their impacts on life and property. 

Warning! Danger Ahead!

Natural disasters, like wildfires, earthquakes, and landslides, wreak havoc on the lives of people all over the world every year.  Additionally, many natural phenomena bring with them increased risks of deaths and illnesses from exposure to hazardous chemicals and pollutants, and the spread of communicable diseases. NASA’s Earth observations allow improved understanding and forecasting, and thus, better preparation for and response to these threats.  

Challenges in this category will ask you to analyze NASA data to assist in monitoring natural disasters and phenomena associated with health risks, and to assess their impacts on life and property. 

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Build a Space Business Challence


by MoonshotX

Build a Space Business Challence


by MoonshotX

In anticipation of MX01 – the first space accelerator batch of up to 6 startups soon launching in Melbourne – Moonshot has teamed up with co-working spaces and mentors around the nation to add a unique competition in collaboration with NASA Space Apps.

A hackathon solution should never end with the conclusion of a hackathon! We want to promote participants to not only build cool things, but to demonstrate validation of the value of the solution. If we see a passionate team and a promising business case supporting the product, then we want to do everything we can to help you join the likes of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson and turn your proposal into a real and successful space business!

So if you’re a developer, maker, designer or entrepreneur you must try your hand at the MoonshotX Build a Space Business Challenge!

Suggested Reading and Viewing

Forbes: How To Win Big Investing In The Space 2.0 Boom

The Business Model Canvas

Registration Procedure

The Build a Space Business Challenge is a gateway to a national community of Space Apps participants from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. This challenge is an additional layer to the usual NASA Space Apps hackathon, and you'll need to register in both to participate.

Once you have registered for NASA Space Apps Melbourne, you'll need to register your interest for the Build a Space Business Challenge here. You will then be invited to the public MoonshotX Slack group, where you'll have the opportunity to talk to participants working along side you to also build the foundations of a potential space business.

Judging Criteria

Business

  • Problem definition and pain points of the status quo (Value Proposition Canvas)
  • Identify the target market and how the solution affects them
  • Engagement with the space industry for market research
  • Impact of the solution
  • What were your initial assumptions, how have they developed over the 24 hours?
  • What solution is needed to solve the problem, what assumptions are you making that you need to challenge through market feedback?
  • Do you have any branding?

Engineering

  • Is your solution technically viable? Have you at least completed a Business Model Canvas to demonstrate your assumptions?
  • Does your team understand what skillsets will be necessary to finalise a Minimum Viable Product?
  • How original is the idea? Is it completely new and unique, or is it similar to something else?
  • How much time did you spend at the venue? Did you make good use of the mentors? Were you noticed?

Presentation

  • Communicated clearly and concisely
  • The judges and audience are kept engaged throughout the presentation
  • The presenting members demonstrate a clear understanding of the problem, and the solution

Sponsors and Prizes

We have partnered with co-working spaces all around Australia to provide the top teams from each city the support to continue to develop their solution into a real business after NASA Space Apps has ended. Through access to co-working space, mentors and advisers, MoonshotX hopes to facilitate incubation of your business and, hopefully, you will gain enough business traction to qualify for the first batch of MoonshotX startups later this year where teams will be seed funded with up to AUD$50,000!

Many thanks to our amazing sponsors who have enabled us to establish a physical presence in each participating city!

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When and Where


When and Where


The Space for Space: Lab-14

Space Apps Melbourne will be hosted at Lab-14 in Carlton - the highly successful prototype of the Carlton Connect innovation precinct. Lab-14 is home to some of Melbourne's most innovative organisations, such as the IBM Bluemix Garage, Melbourne Accelerator Program and the Australian-German Climate and Energy College.

Address: 700 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC

 
 

Information Night and Opening Drinks

NASA Space Apps Information Night, which is a gathering for participants to come together before Space Apps to get to know one another and to begin to ideate on projects. This is a time you can get more details about the event, form teams, learn from related presentations and workshops and prepare yourself for hackathon day.

Hackathon

The main event of Space Apps Melbourne is the 2-day hackathon. The challenges will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, with side events, competitions and workshops occurring throughout the weekend. Lab-14 will close at midnight on Saturday, but the fun will continue at 9:00 am on Sunday morning! Check out the draft schedule below for more detail.

Friday 28th April, 2017

13:30   Pitching Workshop
15:30   Business Models Workshop
18:30   Introduction to NASA Space Apps
18:45   Drinks, mingling, team building
19:00   Fireside chat with Andrea Boyd, ESA

Saturday 29th April, 2017

08:30  Registration/Coffee/Mingling
09:00  Opening Keynotes and Start!
10:00  Australis OSCAR 5 Q&A
10:30  AliCloud Workshop (Optional)
11:00   Unity 3D workshop (Optional)
12:30   Lunch Break
13:00   Fireside chat with John Tucker, SpaceX and Newspace Ventures
20:00  Dinner Break
20:30  Resume Hacking
23:59  Venue closes

Sunday 30th April, 2017

09:00 Coffee - Brief announcements
09:15  Resume Hacking
12:30  Lunch Break
13:00  Hack back on track
13:30  Start working on presentation preparation
16:00  Submission deadline, Begin uploading your projects, tech check for presentations
16:30  Pitch presentations
17:45  Awards/Closing Remarks
18:00  Celebration/After Party, heading to the Pub