Well, San Francisco may have been the last site to start their International Space Apps Challenge but the motivation still ran high as we kicked off the event with challenge presentations at 11:00 AM this morning. After a short welcome from our crew on board the International Space Station we had a few talks from the challenge leads and our organizer Willow and got started forming teams.
Teams formed quickly, and you can read about everything that they’ve been doing in the other amazing blog post, San Francisco Waypoint. Also check out this video footage of some updates from our teams.
One of our larger challenges thus far? That so many of the other locations are on such a different timezone than we are! We got started and had many people interested in linking up with many other cities but those cities were still asleep.
We’ve worked our way around that though and people continued work that was on the Etherpads and set up video chats for times later in the day when the other sites were back online.
And now, as we head into the late hours of Day 1 of the International Space Apps Challenge in San Francisco, the cavernous 3rd floor of TechShop San Francisco is still full of people working hard. Energized by an exciting Google+ Hangout session with Space Apps participants in Tokyo, Jakarta, Nairobi, Melbourne and Miami, and inspired by the presentations of final projects already wrapping up in Australia, San Francisco participants are preparing to code into the night.
Phone calls have been had with our friends across the world, and as I type we are watching the final presentations of the challenges worked in Melbourne, Australia. (We still have another 17 hours until our presentations!) So, for now, we’ll keep working while everyone else finishes up and join us again tomorrow for our next update!