11 May 2017

NASA Space Apps 2017

On April 29-30th, 2017 was held a 48 hour hackathon where scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students were able to collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges.

The event was part of NASA Space Apps Challenge that is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. This year there were over 25 challenges in six areas: Technology, Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Earth and Journey to Mars. NASA was leading this global collaboration along with a number of government collaborators and over 120 local organizing teams across the globe.

The event was attended by 30 participants divided into 6 groups were each group has worked in different challenges with the help of mentors Erenis Ramadani, Semi Nebiu, Martir Dika, Visar Demiri and Gjorgji Rafajlovski.

1st place winner was team “Fluskat” with a great and innovative idea building an app which combines NASA’s satellite real time imagery data, weather data and crowdsourcing to be able to predict and locate wildfires around the world and calculate their spreading direction. 2nd place winner was Lone Survivor (Ard Zeqiri). People’s Choice winner was team Star Labs (IT Support SEEU), they built and app called “Spacro” which is related to space acronyms because they thought a lot of people seem to have problems when it comes to finding acronyms, and they will make sure they'll fix that.