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Make a space app at this weekend’s NASA hackathon

The local edition of the International Space Apps Challenge will be held April 11-12 in Laurel.

Build an app for that. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

We know astronauts love to tweet, but they need some more apps to help with the day-to-day space grind.
For that, NASA is hosting a hackathon this weekend.
The International Space Apps Challenge, held April 11-12, looks to bring teams together to “tackle space science and technology problems.” The event poses 35 different challenges to solve in four categories: outer space, Earth, humans and robotics. Teams get access to open data to develop the apps.
The event is happening at locations around the world. For the Baltimore-Washington area, the two-day session will take place at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. Teams will get a chance to work in Building 200, which is APL’s Space Exploration Sector building. It’s one of the places where probes that were sent to Pluto and Mercury were developed.
“We’re going to share what we know about working on challenges with the teams to help them produce open-source solutions for global needs in space and on Earth,” APL event organizer Daisy Zhang said.

Companies: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / NASA

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