U.S. Embassy Hosts NASA Space Apps Challenge

Participants collaborate during the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge at De La Salle University American Corner.

Manila, October 23, 2018 — The United States Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with De La Salle University (DLSU), hosted the 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge at the DLSU American Corner from October 19 to 21.

Fifteen teams participated in the three-day  program, which included a one-day “data  boot camp” followed by a 48-hour hackathon.  On the final day, teams pitched their solutions to one of six NASA-identified challenge categories.  The two winning teams, Team iNON and Team Space Force, will go on to represent the Philippines in NASA’s global challenge.

Team iNON created ISDApp, which pulls together scientific data to provide fishermen with useful information to aid their livelihoods, and Team Space Force created Project Vita, a mobile application and website to help people prepare for emergency and disaster situations.  Ginez Bluen of Team Space Force said, “This hackathon enabled me to put my grit to the limits and realize what I’m capable of doing if I put my mind into it.”

According to Team iNON, “It was a humbling experience for us to participate here in the NASA Space Apps Challenge.  We’ve felt a different kind of fun, tension, and learning at the 48-hour hackathon event.  We hope that ISDApp can aid fishermen with information that will truly be useful.”

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission John Law, who served as a judge, said, “The U.S. Embassy was proud to help host the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge, and I was so inspired by the innovative solutions these Filipino youth developed in response to some of today’s most pressing challenges.”

The NASA Space Apps Challenge encourages talented coders, scientists designers, storytellers, makers, builders, and technologists to use NASA’s open data to create open source solutions that address key challenges on Earth and in space.

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