Jambo, and hello from the International Space Apps Challenge in Nairobi, Kenya! It's currently 3:30pm on day one and participants are gathered at the iHub busy building and coding solutions to some of the many challenge statements posted. About half of the participants here are busy working in a robotics boot camp, creating Arduino-based robots that can serve as testbeds for instrumentation and experiments related towards robotic exploration. Others are working on a mashup using Kenyan Government water data and NASA geospatial data that aims to help identify bodies of water contaminated with various diseases. And many small groups of 1-2 people are collaborating with locations around the world on dozens of other challenges. It's been extremely exciting to see the varied background and skills of the participants here, many of whom are students at the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University. Our gracious hosts at the iHub have recruited skilled mentors from various areas as well as provided an amazing space to host the event (not to mention delicious food and beverage).
While some incredible progress has been made thus far, we still have nearly 24 hours until the deadline of 1pm Kenya time tomorrow, meaning much work is still to be done! We'll continue to post updates on Twitter (#spaceapps) and be active in the IRC and Etherpad rooms. In the meantime, enjoy some photos of the event thus far!