1. Philly Challenges — Video Interviews

    Why We Explore


    At Space Apps Philadelphia, First Person Arts, along with students from the Mighty Post and Science Leadership Academy (SLA) will interview participants, and we will share these videos on YouTube with the worldwide Space Apps community. We’re particularly interested in hearing from women and girls interested or working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) fields for the Share Your Story challenge, though anyone can participate. Find a Mighty Post or SLA student and do a short interview answering one of the following questions:
    Why We Explore: “Why is space exploration important or exciting to you?”
    Share Your Story: “How did you get involved or become excited about STEAM?”

    More here.

  2. Philly Challenges — EarthTiles



    Web maps like Google Maps, MapQuest, Leaflet, and OpenStreetMap are often stored and digitally distributed as a mosaic of map images, or tiles. Once generated, base map tiles can be reused in data visualizations and many different web maps. Generate a set of map tiles from NASA and other satellite imagery data for other software developers and cartographers to use in their applications and visualizations. More here.

  3. Philly Challenges — We Love Data

    We Love Data


    How can we encourage people to interact with space data in new and meaningful ways, in effect promoting space enthusiasm, education, and a stronger human community? Can this be done on a global scale with universal appeal? Could such interactions also help tell the story of human conditions on Earth, such as climate change and poverty? This is possibly the most open-ended, creative challenge in Space Apps. Connect people with space data in a fun and interactive way. More here.

  4. Philly Challenges — Spot the Station

    Spot the Station


    Last November, NASA launched the “Spot the Station” website (http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/), which lets users sign up for alerts when the International Space Station (ISS) flies overhead. Create a visualization from Spot the Station data, or extend the functionality of this site by building an app that lets you share and browse ISS sightings (with pictures, videos, etc). More here.

  5. Philly Challenges — Solar Flare

    Solar Flare


    Solar flares, geomagnetic field disturbances, and radiation are invisible to the human eye, but affect many vital terrestrial activities like electric power, radio communications, and navigation. Create a physical or virtual representation of these solar phenomena. More here.

  6. Philly Challenges — Seeing Water From Space

    Seeing Water From Space


    Water management and climate change are both global and regional issues. In South America, changing water resources affect industrial activities, indigenous communities, and flora and fauna. Develop a web map of water resources in Chile (or worldwide!), showing how they have changed over time and how these changes relate to local and global climate change. Satellite data (water, precipitation, imagery – in other words, remote sensing data) is available. Temporal mapping and raster processing tools may also be useful – check out the open source GeoTrellis toolkit at http://github.com/geotrellis. More here.

  7. Philly Challenges — SciStarter Citizen Science

    SciStarter Citizen Science


    We are surrounded by a cloud of microbes, organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye. We know a lot about the few types that make us, plants, and animals sick, but we know surprisingly little about all the others – and what we do know suggests they have profound roles in our health and well-being. Citizen science hub SciStarter plans to research and compare microbes in environmentally controlled environments like sports stadiums and the International Space Station. Develop an app that attendees at sports stadiums and other locations will use to collect data about the microbes around them. More here.

  8. Philly Challenges — Renewable Energy Explorer

    Renewable Energy Explorer


    Are you curious about what renewable energy options are available in your area? Thought about installing solar panels, a wind generator, or geothermal heating and cooling in your home? How effective would they be given where you live – and what’s the potential elsewhere? Create a web application or visualization that spatially and temporally integrates wind, solar, and geothermal energy data so users can learn where renewable energy potential is the greatest. More here.

  9. Philly Challenges — NASA Wind Tunnel Visualization

    NASA Wind Tunnel Visualization


    Are you a spreadsheet whiz? Do you eat charts and infographics for breakfast? Then NASA’s Aeronautics Test Program (ATP) has a challenge for you. ATP runs 12 wind tunnel test facilities and is charged with creating a “super graphic” to visualize utilization data and trends for each facility. They’re looking for a fresh visualization to replace their current Microsoft Excel sand chart. Create one or more visualizations of ATP facility usage data using a supplied spreadsheet. More here.

  10. Philly Challenges — “No Delays” Air Traffic Management

    "No Delays" Air Traffic Management


    Air Traffic Control (ATC) is tough to manage, and can be difficult to grasp for non-experts. Moving parts like flight planning, arrival and departure scheduling, airport surface movement, and weather rerouting can combine to create bottlenecks and inefficiencies. Design an open source game or interactive simulation framework to demonstrate the challenges of air traffic management – and perhaps propose evolutionary ideas. More here.