18 OCTOBER 2019

Embright Infotech at NASA Space Apps Challenge

Since its inception in 2012, NASA Space Apps Challenge, a part of NASA’s Earth Science Division, has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens each year across the globe in a 48-hour global hackathon to work with NASA in building innovative solutions for challenges we face on Earth and in space using open source data.

It was an open platform for anyone who has a passion for creating a difference and was focused on developing real solutions to global challenges. The hackathon focussed on collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to advance space exploration missions and improve life on Earth.

The International Space Apps Challenge, held worldwide from October 18-20, 2019, and Embright Infotech got the centre at Dayanand Sagar University, Bengaluru. The hackathon invited worldwide communities of technologists, coders, citizen scientists, students, engineers, artists, designers, story tellers, makers, builders and everyone who are enthusiastic to gather and build project solutions to challenges using NASA’s open data. Space Apps 2019 welcomed around 18,000 participants from 200 locations in 75 countries, producing thousands of projects in response to Earth Science challenge statements written by NASA.

Embright Infotech received a good learning experience through solving problems and came up with innovative ideas. The category of participation was “THE ARTSIDE OF THE MOON”. The challenge was to create an artistic work to communicate, inform or inspire others about Human’s return to the Moon. Embright Infotech made a virtual reality experience where one could experience the future of human exploration in a Lunar base. The possibility to experience the Moon’s surface through a virtual drone, which was mapped to the Real-World drone was made. This helps in scanning the Lunar surface which in turn helps in assisting the scientists in data collection. The ideas were made to reality within the stipulated 48 hours. Embright Infotech successfully became one among the 9 finalists from about 30 participants, by creating a Lunar environment that showcased their ability to implement XR in training and simulating astronauts and machinery in space.

The Space Apps Challenge provided great insights regarding solving problems in space and Earth!