Zewail City Hosts NASA’s 2016 Space Apps Challenge

Zewail City of Science and Technology is hosting NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge which will be held on April 23 and 24, 2016 at more than 170 locations worldwide.

After only one previous episode, Cairo has been chosen by NASA as one of a few exemplary sites for the global organizing team to visit, and attend the hackathon.

During this two-day hackathon, participants are asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions.

This Year, Space Apps participants will create solutions to mission-related challenges broken into six categories: aeronautics, international space station, solar system and beyond, technology, Earth, and the journey to Mars. The aim of these challenges is to support space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

Registering in the 2016 Cairo Space Apps Challenge are 40 teams made up of 200 participants. Each team will be judged at a local level and the top two teams will be nominated for the international judging, done by NASA. The international winners will be eligible to attend a NASA launch event.

“NASA’s International Space Apps is a great platform for our talented youth to unleash their creativity and innovation while trying to overcome real life problems. The experience they will gain during this hackathon will have a great impact on their careers and could also be put to use when Egypt launches its space program,” said Dr. Mohammed Tawfik, Zewail City’s aerospace and communications program coordinator.

Participating in the opening ceremony are: Dr. Farouk El-Baz, director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, Dr. Ellen Stofan, chief scientist of NASA, Dr. Tahani Amer, NASA’s evaluation assessment group manager, Dr. Samir Shahin, IEEE Egypt Section chair, and Dr. Mohammad Tawfik.

NASA is leading this global collaboration along with other space agencies around the world. More than 200 data sources, including data sets, services and tools will be available for this challenge. Cairo Space Apps is organized by a group of enthusiastic youth, along with IEEE Egypt Section.