SCISYS sponsors NASA Space Apps Challenge
On the weekend of the 21-22 April the NASA Space Apps Challenge was undertaken across the globe (and also in Space!). The "codeathon" joined together over 2,000 people around the world (26 different locations, including the international space station) in creating solutions of global importance related to spaceflight. The event was opened by Nick Skytland, Programme Manager for NASA Open Government Initiative. As part of our commitment to the Space domain and its crossover with terrestrial mapping SCISYS was delighted to sponsor the Met Office location for the challenge.
Members of staff from SCISYS took part in two of the challenges at the Met Office in Exeter alongside colleagues from a variety of organisations. The challenges they contributed to were Grower’s Nation (An app to determine what produce to grow where and when given the soil type and current seasonal conditions) and HazardMap (Real time hazard mapping by scraping social media).
This was a challenging weekend, with little sleep, involving passionate people from around the world. Two of the challenges run at the Met Office in Exeter were selected to be represented at NASA over the next couple of weeks including Grower's Nation worked on by SCISYS. This app subsequently went on to win a "Galactic Impact Award" as the application with the most potential users.
Commenting on the weekend Pascal Coulon from SCISYS said "SCISYS was delighted to sponsor and take part in the Space Apps Challenge. The scenarios we worked on were both very exciting and the fact that one has been shortlisted is testament to the close cooperation of all involved over the weekend."
For more detail see the Met Office page on the event or contact the SCISYS Environment team on 01249 466466 / environmentscisys.couk