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BD to attend NASA virtual hackathon on May 30-31

FE Online Report | Published: May 28, 2020 17:42:20 | Updated: June 03, 2020 11:00:44


BD to attend NASA virtual hackathon on May 30-31

The virtual hackathon of the special event styled NASA Space Apps Covid-19 Challenge of the NASA is set to begin from Saturday (May 30, 2020).

 Like every time, Bangladesh will participate in this 48-hour virtual hackathon with the initiative of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and the BASIS Students’ Forum.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space programme, as well as aeronautics and space research.

The Covid-19 Challenge will be the programme’s first global virtual hackathon.

NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) are inviting coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists to participate in a virtual hackathon on May 30 and 31 dedicated to putting open data to work in developing solutions to issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Syed Almas Kabir, president of BASIS, said the world is suffering enormously from the Covid-19 crisis.

‘The NASA Space Apps Covid-19 Challenge’ will be held to discuss what strategies and policies can be adopted to deal with this global disaster, what needs to be done to overcome the current global economic recession, and what we need to do in the aftermath of the disaster, he pointed out.

“There’s a tremendous need for our collective ingenuity right now,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “I can’t imagine a more worthy focus than Covid-19 on which to direct the energy and enthusiasm from around the world with the Space Apps Challenge that always generates such amazing solutions.”

Registration is still going on. The BASIS has also urged all the students across the country to register spontaneously to present their ideas and innovations to the world through this competition.

NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) are inviting coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists to participate in a virtual hackathon on May 30 and 31 dedicated to putting open data to work in developing solutions to issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the global Space Apps Covid-19 Challenge, participants from around the world will create virtual teams that – during a 48-hour period – will use earth observation data to propose solutions to Covid-19-related challenges ranging from studying the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and its spread to the impact the disease is having on the earth system.

Space Apps is an international hackathon that takes place in cities around the world.

Since 2012, teams have engaged with NASA's free and open data to address real-world problems on earth and in space.

Space Apps 2019 included more than 29,000 participants at 225 events in 71 countries, developing more than 2,000 hackathon solutions over the course of one weekend.

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