2015 Space Apps: The challenge list is out!

NASA has published the list of challenges that local teams from Reno and 137 other cities around the world get to choose from as they participate in the International Space Apps Challenge—the world’s largest hackathon—taking place Apr 10-12.

There are 35 challenges spread across this year’s four themes: Outer Space, Earth, Humans and Robotics. Each local team picks one or more challenges and tries to come up with the best solutions. The annual hackathon is part of a NASA initiative for sharing and commercializing knowledge gained through space exploration, but such technology transfers work both ways. While local teams may come up with commercially viable product ideas, NASA is also crowdsourcing some problem-solving that could lead to improvements in space travel and exploration.

If you are interested in contributing to the Space Apps Reno effort, check out the complete list of challenges at https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/challenge. Teams need to pick challenges that are a good fit for local expertise and resources. Space Apps Reno organizer and past participant Joe Chavez said examples of the 2015 challenges that might be a good fit for Reno include:

  • Space-y Sounds. Develop an interactive tool that leverages NASA’s huge store of audio files containing all the expected and unexpected sounds recorded on space missions. Possible applications range from arts and entertainment to science and technology. The tool might even decode hidden meanings that NASA has missed.
  • SpaceGlove. Use wearable devices to come up with new techniques for controlling computer applications, including hand and arm gestures and voice inputs. The idea is to change the human-machine interface, and thus improve the way crews interact with computer systems during space missions.
  • Transient Watch. Develop a mobile phone app that provides astronomers with “daily news” on the most interesting current behaviors in the transient high-energy sky. The app will analyze publicly available data spread across such sources as NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency, and provide a simple and visually pleasing front end that highlights the most active sources of x-ray and gamma-ray activity.

We will kick off the selection process by reviewing the challenges at Space Apps Reno’s organizational meeting, to be held Mar. 26 at 5 p.m. in the Fleischman Planetarium on the UNR campus. Then, actual challenge selections will be made and challenge-specific teams will begin to form at our Space Apps Reno mixer on Apr. 8. We will finalize these teams on the morning of Apr. 11, just prior to the beginning of the hackathon .

Both the Apr. 8 mixer and the two-day Space Apps Challenge hackathon Apr. 11-12 will take place at The Reno Collective, 100 N. Arlington, Suite 100 (corner of Arlington and First), Reno. The challenges can benefit from a broad range of skills, and are not just for programmers, engineers and scientists.

To join the Space Apps Reno effort and attend our organizational meeting, you must first register individually with NASA. Use the registration form at https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/register, and select Reno as your location.

Space Apps Reno 2015

Registration

  1. Click on the link below and type Reno in the search box.
  2. Sign in or create an account
    1. New accounts will need to be verified via e-mail link before selecting the Reno location
  3. Select Reno as your location

https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/register/

Quick Facts

NASA International Space Apps Challenge

  • March  26 – Space Apps Preview
  • April 8th – Mixer and Team Formation
  • April 11th & 12th – Hacking for Space

And now a word from our sponsors…

Space Apps Reno 2014

 

A huge THANK YOU and SHOUTOUT to Space Apps Reno 2014 Sponsors!

A special thank you to Microsoft Licensing in Reno for their cooperation and support of Space Apps Reno!

Attend Space Apps Reno and Win a Pebble Smartwatch!

Sign-up for this event here https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

Pebble has provide the Reno Space Apps team with 15 Pebble watches for use in the event. Here are a couple of challenges to consider:

Attend Space Apps Reno for a chance to win one of two first generation Pebble watches. 

Pebble Technology, Inc. is a Space Apps Reno Sponsor

Space Apps Reno is proud to welcome Pebble Technology, Inc. as a Space Apps Reno sponsor.

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Space Apps Reno is part of the global hackathon that is organized by NASA as part of the International Space Apps Challenge. In April 2014 the City of Reno will once again participate in this event as one of 80+ host cities from around the planet. Help NASA solve some it’s most intriguing earth and space technology challenges ranging from big data analysis to hacking on the Internet of Things. Also, we welcome any contributions from local businesses and agencies to help sponsor the individuals who will participate in this weekend long event.  The event will be held on April 12-13, 2014. Sign-up for this event will be available in early March.

Contact us via the form below for more information and to sponsor this great event.

Get the Quick Facts on Space Apps 2014

Attend Space Apps Reno and Win a Sensordrone!

Perfect hardware device for the Cool It! challenge: https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/challenge/cool-it/

This challenge is about bringing together hardware builders, coders, engineers, social scientists, teachers, and community members. Create a sensor kit to measure temperature and relative humidity in several locations in real time. Or, create a real-time micronet of sensor kits and use their data to understand local environmental conditions. This data could even be used to educate the community about the urban heat island effect, weather, and climate.

One Sensordrone will be given away to challenge participants in Reno, NV.

Sign-up for this event here https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

sensorcon_logo-whiteSensorcon Makes Mobile And Wearable Computing Devices For Environmental Monitoring. Whether You’re A Hobbyist, Professional, Fire Department, Adventurous Or Just Curious, We Help Everybody Monitor Their World!

Space Apps Reno will have the Sensordrone on site for use in the event.  Sensordrone, “Turns Your Smartphone Into A Carbon Monoxide Detector, Non-Contact Thermometer, Gas Leak Detector, Lux Meter, Weather Station, Diagnostic Tool, Breath Analyzer, & More…Much, Much, More!”

More about http://sensorcon.com

Space Apps Reno is part of the global hackathon that is organized by NASA as part of the International Space Apps Challenge. In April 2014 the City of Reno will once again participate in this event as one of 80+ host cities from around the planet. Help NASA solve some it’s most intriguing earth and space technology challenges ranging from big data analysis to hacking on the Internet of Things. Also, we welcome any contributions from local businesses and agencies to help sponsor the individuals who will participate in this weekend long event.  The event will be held on April 12-13, 2014. Sign-up for this event here https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

Get the Quick Facts on Space Apps 2014

 

Sponsor Spotlight: City of Reno

Sign-up for this event here

https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

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The City recently launched a new Community Engagement Program. So what exactly is community engagement? Community engagement is the act of you and your neighbors constructively sharing ideas and valuable feedback about our community. Community engagement is a vital part of the democratic process and is essential to evolving our community.

We want to know what you #thinkreno can be to help us create a new vision for our city. You can share your ideas by attending a community forum, starting a discussion at thinkreno.org, or staying informed and engaged through our social media channels.

Be the change you want to see in the #biggestlittlecity and start engaging across the following platforms:


Community Forums

These are quarterly meetings in each Ward with your Councilmember. There will be some updates on City services like Public Safety and Code Enforcement, some talk about City and neighborhood projects and a chance to help guide the long-term vision for our City. Visit reno.gov/thinkreno to participate in ongoing conversations about the future of our neighborhoods and community.

Space Apps Reno is part of the global hackathon that is organized by NASA as part of the International Space Apps Challenge. In April 2014 the City of Reno will once again participate in this event as one of 80+ host cities from around the planet. Help NASA solve some it’s most intriguing earth and space technology challenges ranging from big data analysis to hacking on the Internet of Things. Also, we welcome any contributions from local businesses and agencies to help sponsor the individuals who will participate in this weekend long event.  The event will be held on April 12-13, 2014. Sign-up for this event here https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

Think Reno Idea Portal

This is your online forum to post big ideas, engage with other citizens about their ideas and provide your feedback on forums relating to City issues and initiatives.


Social Media

Social media is one of the quickest ways to learn the latest news and share your thoughts on community issues. Be sure to Follow us on TwitterPinterest and Instagram, Like us on Facebook and add us to your G+circles. Also, check out Reno’s most popular hashtags #biggestlittlecity and #thinkreno.


Hot Topic Meetings

These will be scheduled on an as needed when there’s a time-sensitive issue to talk about. Hot Topic Meeting dates will be posted on Reno.Gov. Sign-up for our Reno Connect newsletter to receive instant updates.


City of Reno Mobile App

Our Reno Direct call center is great, but there are times when you just can’t pick up a phone to make a call, or you want to include a picture with your request. We have a new City of Reno smartphone app that lets you report an issue and send a photo on the fly. It’s a free app you can download at the iTunes or Googleonline app stores.


Reno Citizens Institute

This is a free, annual program that lasts for eight weeks. You’ll learn all about city government and the services we provide. You’ll meet department leaders, visit City facilities like fire stations, the Regional Emergency Operations Center and the Public Works Corporation Yard. You may even get to meet one of our hard working four legged officers.

Get the Quick Facts on Space Apps 2014

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Sensorcon

Sign-up for this event here

https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

sensorcon_logo-whiteSensorcon Makes Mobile And Wearable Computing Devices For Environmental Monitoring. Whether You’re A Hobbyist, Professional, Fire Department, Adventurous Or Just Curious, We Help Everybody Monitor Their World!

Space Apps Reno will have the Sensordrone on site for use in the event.  Sensordrone, “Turns Your Smartphone Into A Carbon Monoxide Detector, Non-Contact Thermometer, Gas Leak Detector, Lux Meter, Weather Station, Diagnostic Tool, Breath Analyzer, & More…Much, Much, More!”

More about http://sensorcon.com

Space Apps Reno is part of the global hackathon that is organized by NASA as part of the International Space Apps Challenge. In April 2014 the City of Reno will once again participate in this event as one of 80+ host cities from around the planet. Help NASA solve some it’s most intriguing earth and space technology challenges ranging from big data analysis to hacking on the Internet of Things. Also, we welcome any contributions from local businesses and agencies to help sponsor the individuals who will participate in this weekend long event.  The event will be held on April 12-13, 2014. Sign-up for this event here https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

Get the Quick Facts on Space Apps 2014

 

Join Space Apps Reno and take home a LEAP Motion Controller

Register and attend Space Apps Reno and you’ll have a chance to win a LEAP Motion Controller!

Sign-up for this event here: https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

Leap_Motion-Logo-white-bgExplore the world in a whole new way.

The Leap Motion Controller senses how you naturally move your hands and lets you use your computer in a whole new way. Point, wave, reach, grab. Pick something up and move it. Do things you never dreamed possible.

It works with whatyou already have.(Hands and fingers included.)

The Leap Motion Controller doesn’t replace your keyboard, mouse, stylus, or trackpad. It works with them, and without special adapters. With the Leap Motion software running, just plug it into the USB on your Mac or PC, and you’re off.

A little bit of magic.
A lot of freedom.

All that wide open space between you and your computer is now just for hands and fingers. The Leap Motion Controller senses almost every little move they make, and every big one, too. Technically speaking, it’s 8 cubic feet of interactive, three-dimensional space. But you can say it’s magic.

Develop with LEAP MOTION: https://developer.leapmotion.com

Sponsor Spotlight: LEAP MOTION

Sign-up for this event here

https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

 

Leap_Motion-Logo-white-bgExplore theworld in a wholenew way.

The Leap Motion Controller senses how you naturally move your hands and lets you use your computer in a whole new way. Point, wave, reach, grab. Pick something up and move it. Do things you never dreamed possible.

It works with whatyou already have.(Hands and fingers included.)

The Leap Motion Controller doesn’t replace your keyboard, mouse, stylus, or trackpad. It works with them, and without special adapters. With the Leap Motion software running, just plug it into the USB on your Mac or PC, and you’re off.

A little bit of magic.
A lot of freedom.

All that wide open space between you and your computer is now just for hands and fingers. The Leap Motion Controller senses almost every little move they make, and every big one, too. Technically speaking, it’s 8 cubic feet of interactive, three-dimensional space. But you can say it’s magic.

Develop with LEAP MOTION: https://developer.leapmotion.com

Space Apps Reno is part of the global hackathon that is organized by NASA as part of the International Space Apps Challenge. In April 2014 the City of Reno will once again participate in this event as one of 80+ host cities from around the planet. Help NASA solve some it’s most intriguing earth and space technology challenges ranging from big data analysis to hacking on the Internet of Things. Also, we welcome any contributions from local businesses and agencies to help sponsor the individuals who will participate in this weekend long event.  The event will be held on April 12-13, 2014. Sign-up for this event here https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/reno/

Contact us via the form below for more information and to sponsor this great event.

Get the Quick Facts on Space Apps 2014