ABIPIR & IFIA Hold NASA Space Apps Challenge
ABIPIR, with the support of the IFIA, held an international NASA event that took place simultaneously in 212 cities in 72 countries around the Earth: the Nasa Space Apps Challenge, the world’s largest hackathon on October 19-21 at the Uniamérica University Center, headquarters of the Latin American Office IFIA, and for the first time in Foz do Iguaçu (Paraná – Brazil).
The event reunited programmers, designers and practitioners from different areas of human knowledge, whether or not they are involved in software development, for an innovative open source programming marathon. Founded in 2012 and coming this year in the largest global edition, the NASA Space Apps Challenge brought themes such as: earth monitoring difficulties, climate studies and behavioral changes of the human being on the planet.
The host committee of the event in Foz do Iguaçu was composed by coordinator Luis Poletti (IxDA), Márcia David (Uniamérica), Adriane Bordin, Fabiano Neumann and Mariangela Lückmann (ABIPIR / IFIA). It is worth remembering that the organizing committee is a member of the new collective, collaborative and voluntary, successful project in ABIPIR’s “Innovacities Station”, broadcast live from RCI – Radio Broadcast Iguassu (Monday to Friday) and digital media.
At the end, there were 48 uninterrupted hours of creative and innovative activities. In the weeks leading up to the hackathon, 3 technical events were held to prepare and align participants to the challenges posed by NASA for this year. Participants, including the organizing committee, mentors and judges, experienced unforgettable moments of knowledge sharing, networking, teaching and learning without frontiers. Eight teams competed in the first three places, already inserted in the NASA website for global awards.
Following are the winners:
1st Place: S.T.R.I.K.E.
Description of the project: Platform game in 2 dimensions, called ATLASS, using as objects of the game images captured by the Hubble telescope.
Project link on NASA website: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org/challenges/universe-beauty-and-wonder/shoulders-giants/teams/strike/project
Team: Yongah Choi, Eduardo Bozz, Oscar Germano Scherer, Luan Felipe Weirich, Welton Abreu Rosa
2nd Place: TEAM TUBEY
Project description: Autonomous flying object to inspect a spacecraft for detection of micro meteorite and orbital litter (MMOD) damage.
Project link on NASA website: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org/challenges/can-you-build/design-based-nature-fusion/teams/team-tubey/project
Team: Alan Delgado do Nascimento, Veronica Aparecida dos Santos, Rebeca Souza Cavalcante, Matheus Felipe Rezende da Silva, Guilherme Natsutaro Descrovi Nabeyama
3rd Place: MAIN CORE
Project description: A system that uses plug-and-play sensors to discover the habitable spots on the planet Mars, creating a threshold and comparing the disturbances of the sensors.
Project link on NASA website: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org/challenges/can-you-build/make-sense-out-mars/teams/maincore-the-sledge-hammer/project
Team: Elison dos Santos Ribeiro, Guilherme Seiber Zulian, Airez Antonio da Rocha, Pedro Ivo Martins de Vasconcelos
Prepared by Mariangela Lückmann – Coordinator of the Latin American IFIA-ABIPIR Office