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NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016

23 April 2016 - Justin W. Flory

Two-day challenge designed to create solutions to space-themed, interdisciplinary problems using open-source software.

The RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, & Creativity (MAGIC) hosted the 2016 International NASA Space Apps Challenge on April 23rd and 24th in the Student Innovation Hall at RIT. RIT was one of over 200 participating locations all over the world in the challenge.

The NASA Space Apps Challenge is a 48-hour global hackathon engaging thousands of problem solvers each year across the globe to work with NASA in designing creative solutions to international and interplanetary problems using open source data. The event is not just for coders, but for makers, designers, students, engineers, artists, and problem solvers of all types.

In 2016, there were 25 challenges spread across six different themes:

  • Earth
  • Space Station
  • Solar System
  • Technology
  • Aeronautics
  • Journey to Mars

Within these themes, challenges were broken out by difficulty and range from easy to advanced. See 2016’s challenges on the Space Apps Challenge website.

“RIT is proud to, once again, host the Rochester location for the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge,” said Dan Schneiderman, FOSS@MAGIC Research Associate and Community Liaison. “We’re lucky to have such incredible partners both on and off campus to bring this challenge back to RIT. With all of the students and faculty working on projects to help out the local and global communities, we’re truly a campus that aims for the stars.”

We like to thank AT&T for supporting this event.

See the official RIT press release.