April 9, 2015
Ecuador will participate this weekend in the Space Apps Challenge through Buen Trip Hub, the coworking space focused on innovation and new technologies and that this year seeks to encourage participation in all the “challenges” proposed by NASA. This meeting will take place at Buen Trip Hub Quito, between Friday April 10 and Sunday 12, at Foch 265 and December 6, Sonelca Building, 1st floor, next to the PetroEcuador Training Building. More information at: https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/location/quito/ – https://www.facebook.com/SpaceAppsEcuador
Developers interested in participating in the challenge, April 10-12, can register at: https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/
More than 200 NASA data sources – including data sets, services and tools, provided through real-life NASA technology and missions – will be available for participants to leverage in their applications. Using Bluemix, participants can invoke more than 100 different services to quickly build and iterate solutions with team members around the world. For example, participants building solutions for the robotics category could use IBM’s IoT service to build an app for the “Sensor Yourself” challenge; connecting it with analytical services through Bluemix to analyze and understand sensor data for a potential robot simulator.
“The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is a competition at the forefront of innovation, providing real-world examples of how technology in the hands of the world’s most outstanding and brilliant developers can be used to solve some of the most astonishing challenges. facing our civilization, ”said Sandy Carter, General Manager of IBM’s Cloud Ecosystem and Developers. “Using the IBM Cloud, IBM is making it easier for developers to solve NASA challenges, helping them harness and understand data in ways that were unimaginable until just a few years ago.”
For developers building applications on the IBM Cloud, IBM will provide online tutorials to demonstrate best practices, and offer dedicated virtual support, with access to IBM experts, to help guide the development process. IBM experts will also work alongside participants on-site to help them master cloud-based development in various locations around the world, including New York, Austin and Boston.
Two projects from each of the 136 cities will have the opportunity to reach a global jury instance, in which a panel of NASA judges will select a winner in each of the five finalist categories, including: Best Concept of Mission, Best Use of Hardware, Best Use of Data, Most Inspiring Project and Galactic Impact. IBM will award up to 30 awards at local Space Apps events that will recognize the most innovative use of Bluemix. Winners will receive up to one year of free access to Bluemix and up to 80 hours of technical support and assistance from experienced IBM developers for six months.
IBM launched Bluemix in February 2014 and today has more than 100 services available through this platform to help developers build, test, and deploy cloud-native and cloud-enabled applications. Since its launch, IBM has built a network of Bluemix Garages, with the aim of promoting innovation with developers in San Francisco and London; formed a collaboration with New York City to build the world’s first online platform for local startups and announced the Global Entrepreneurs Program for Cloud Startups.
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