Great innovators always strive to uncover the unknown, whether it’s a startup founder looking to shake up an existing industry with a new technology, or a scientist looking to explore outer space, they’re determined to keep asking “what’s next?” And, it’s with similar ambition that technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students worldwide came together for the third annual Space Apps Challenge hackathon last weekend, April 12-13, 2014.
The challenge embraces the collaborative nature of open-source solutions to address the global need for exploration, allowing participants to engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges on Earth and in space. Twenty-five projects from last year’s Space Apps Challenge now support mission directives for Earth Watch, Technology in Space, Human Spaceflight, Robotics and Asteroids – and CloudSigma couldn’t be more excited to be involved again this year.
For the second year in a row, CloudSigma is offering support to Space Apps Challenge local events with free compute resources for the participants to use while developing their groundbreaking innovations. This year, challenge groups worldwide including Rome, Toronto, Nairobi, Sofia and Tokyo will receive free access to CloudSigma’s public cloud servers, which includes 1 static IP, 30 Gb disk, 25 Gb traffic, 2GHz CPU and 2 Gigs RAM and 24/7 technical support.
CloudSigma’s completely open software layer is especially conducive to this challenge as it lets competitors configure and deploy whatever they need, providing a truly flexible cloud platform for their research, data and inventions. What’s more, CloudSigma’s ability to scale on demand is ideal for the high-performing workloads that are often required of those in the research science industry. It’s with this flexibility and full scalability that one of the local winners from Rome last year, Space Cal App, was able to develop an app that combines satellite information to make information more easily accessible on mobile platforms.
We’re thrilled to be a part of this event and are looking forward to seeing the innovation that comes out of this year’s competition! Our hope is that, with CloudSigma’s public cloud platform as a backbone, this year’s winners will address today’s top challenges on Earth and in space. Global winners will be announced in May and we wish all participants the best of luck!
For more information on this project and how you can get involved, visit https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/virtual/.