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Team from Dnipro Places in Top10 at NASA Space Apps Challenge
NASA, People’s Choice,Max Polyakov,April 29-30 marked the second NASA Space Apps Challenge in Ukraine,Team Spacer from Dnipro

April 29-30 marked the second NASA Space Apps Challenge in Ukraine. The Space Challenge was hosted in Kyiv, Kropyvnytskyi, Odessa and Dnipro thanks to Association Noosphere, founded by Max Polyakov. Team Spacer from Dnipro with their project Diversity worked their way into the Top10 in international voting and ended up taking an prestigious 8th place.

April 29-30 marked the second NASA Space Apps Challenge, an international space hackathon, which takes place in Ukraine. This 48-hour challenge of collective brainstorming on Earth and space exploration issues is for everyone interested in the topic. Teams from all over the world compete in developing innovative solutions that will help solve problems that NASA could face in current and future missions. This year’s hackathon united 25 000 participants from 69 countries and became the largest event in the history of the NASA Space Apps Challenge.

In 2016, Space Apps was hosted in Kyiv and Kropyvnytskyi. This year Dnipro and Odessa were included in the list of hosting cities. Hosting the event in Dnipro was made possible thanks to Association Noosphere, founded by Max Polyakov. Students, engineers, designers and developers from this hackathon location formed into 12 teams to compete for the main hackathon award - winners will be invited to a rocket launch at a NASA spaceport in USA. As many as 3 of the 12 teams from Dnipro made it to the international selection stage of the challenge, namely Diversity project nominated for “People’s Choice”. Projects Flight Sight and Fire Prob will also compete for “Global Awards”.

Winners of “People’s Choice” are selected by the people from all over the world. Team Spacer with their project Diversity worked their way into the Top10 in international voting and ended up taking an prestigious 8th place — only 3 shy of being in the Top5 which would have allowed them to move forward to the next stage of international selection. The team was developing a concept of a terrestrial prototype for a sub-orbital station. The station is to be a unique hub for kids and teenagers to explore space in an interactive hands-on way, as the station will imitate real space conditions. Such a project would prepare a new generation of astronauts and spread the idea of space exploration among the youth.

In turn, projects nominated for the “Global Awards”, Flight Sight and Fire Prob will be evaluated in depth by NASA experts. The Flight Sight project is an app that allows passengers to explore and learn more about the landmarks that they are flying over on a travel route live. Fire Prob project offers a solution that will help residents to locate spreading fires and notify the closest fire stations. The final results of the international selection round will be released by the NASA expert commission in early June at spaceappschallenge.org

In Ukraine, NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017 was supported by their partner company EOS, which focuses on the same main theme as this year’s hackathon, Earth exploration. EOS, founded by Max Polyakov, specializes in space and gis-data processing and analysis. The company helped to host the challenge in Kyiv, Kropyvnytskyi and Dnipro, while EOS’s representatives joined the challenge and shared their skills and experience with hackathon teams. This helped participants greatly, as they could receive instant feedback and advice to finish and improve their projects. In addition to the overall support to NASA Space Apps Challenge teams, EOS also arranged a special award for those who chose to compete in the “NASA Earth Science” category helped develop new means for the interpretation and application of Earth data.

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