NASA Space Apps Challenge blasts off in Auckland

NASA Space Apps Challenge blasts off in Auckland

Over the weekend five teams of tertiary students took on the challenge from NASA to help the space agency solve problems here on earth and beyond.

In 48 hours the teams had to come up with open source solutions for issues which even haunt the boffins at NASA. The teams from Auckland join those at 83 other similar events held around the world (and even in space). This morning the five NZ teams are presenting their ideas to a panel of New Zealand-based judges.

The Auckland leg of the Space Apps Challenge is held at AUT Univerisity's City Campus and is jointly sponsored by the tertiary institute and the US Embassy in New Zealand.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the teams tackle some of the fiercely complex problems that NASA has set. The winners will need to be not only clever, but cool-headed, innovative, and capable of applying today’s smartest technology,” says US Ambassador David Huebner.

The judging panel consists of Huebner, NZICT boss Candace Kisner, and Microsoft NZ tertiary manager Matt Bostwick.

The winning teams from Auckland will present its entry to an international judging panel in May (over the internet).

More as the judging process continues.

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