RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents, the global distributor for engineers, is providing electronics kit to teams participating in The International Space Apps Challenge led by NASA, a two-day hackathon taking place in 98 locations around the world starting on 11th April.
RS is a sponsor of the challenge working alongside the Met Office, providing Raspberry Pi computers and Arduino Development Kits to teams working in Exeter, London and York. Teams globally comprise technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students.
This year’s challenge themes support NASA’s mission directorates and include Earth Watch, Human Spaceflight, Robotics, Technology in Space and Asteroids. The mammoth collaboration involves more than a hundred government bodies and local organisations, and utilises publicly available data supplied through NASA to problem solve and produce ‘app’ solutions for challenges set around needs required for life on earth, as well as those in space.
Each event in the Space Apps Challenge culminates in solutions being presented for judging by a panel, which chooses two to be put forward to NASA for the global judging process. In addition, one project will be chosen as ‘The People’s Choice’ by the teams. All finalists are then announced in May.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “We’re proud to be hosting an event for the NASA International Space Apps Challenge for the fourth year in a row. The International Space Apps Challenge showcases the impact that people working together around the world can have in addressing challenges and, as a world-leading weather and climate service, we are excited to be facilitating the Challenge at our headquarters in Exeter and supporting other events in the UK.
“We are very pleased to, once again, welcome the support of RS Components, who are generously providing prizes that will help to inspire and motivate the project teams in Exeter, London, and York. Prizes will be awarded at each location for the best projects under categories such as ‘Best Use of Data’ and ‘Best Concept’, and these will then be put forward for global judging.”
RS spokesperson Tracey Taylor, social SEO executive, said: “This global event is a real celebration of innovation and we’re delighted to be part of it. Challenges such as this serve as a real inspiration and provide a platform for the global community to work together.”