April 22, 2012, 9:18 a.m.
Astronomers, Astrophysicists and Astronauts visited various SpaceApp locations. AND, a there is a #launchjon campaign. “Get this bracelet to light up by trending Jon Spooner on twitter! Go on! It's for the global #spaceapps challenge”
It's almost 2:00 pm on Sunday in Jakarta and we're on the last stretch of the coding marathon for the Space Apps Challenge. There's been a few changes to the schedule so now instead of three minutes, participants who are confident enough about their solutions to present will get up to 15 minutes. When it was announced this morning, you could totally see everyone breathing a sigh of relief.
April 22, 2012, 1:52 a.m.
“In all parts of the world, we see the promise of innovation to make government more open and accountable. Now, we must build on that progress. And when we gather back here next year, we should bring specific commitments to promote transparency; to fight corruption; to energize civic engagement; and to leverage new technologies so that we strengthen the foundation of freedom in our own countries, while living up to ideals that can light the world.” President Barack Obama
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.
It's warm in San Francisco. And it's beautiful outside. We're holed up on the top floor of San Francisco's TechShop, consuming more coffee and soda than is probably a wise idea. We've opened up the back stairway and the freight elevator shaft to catch a breeze, and the sound of vacuum formers and laser fans surrounds us. It's an amazing venue for an outstanding group of participants. They've broken out into a few teams, and people are bright-eyed -- either towards each other or towards their screens.
April 21, 2012, 4:28 p.m.SpaceApps is live in most cities now. It is midday EDT with Vancouver and San Francisco about to start their days. There are 60 spaceapp challenges ranging across 4 categories: Software, Open hardware, Citizen science & Data Visualization. Participants are in 24 cities with over 2000 people registered.
Over the course of the coming days, volunteers all around the world are designing innovative solutions to challenges humanity faces both on earth and in space. In each of the 25 locations where the International Space Apps Challenge is taking place, a local panel of judges will select the top solutions developed at their local event.