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NASA undang Hacker Indonesia di acara International Space Apps Challenge

Kabar gembira untuk teman-teman Geeks yang hobi berlama-lamaan dan begadang memandangi layar komputer untuk utak-atik kode program. DailySocial bekerjasama dengan US Embassy Jakarta serta NASA untuk membawa acara International Space Apps Challenge (ISAC) ke Jakarta.

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ISAC merupakan sebuah ajang kolaborasi akselerasi Internasional yang memiliki fokus pada pengembangan solusi inovatif untuk memecahkan masalah penting dari planet di mana kita tinggal. Acara International Space Apps Challenge ini akan diselenggarakan serentak di beberapa negara di 7 benua dan di angkasa pada tanggal 21 April 2012 nanti. Dan seperti yang sudah kita bilang di awal, tahun ini Indonesia pun ikut serta dalam acara ini. Di Indonesia, acara hackathon International Space Apps Challenge akan diselenggarakan di kota Jakarta, tepatnya di @America, Pacific Place Jakarta serta di kantor pusat DailySocial.

Di acara ini, teman-teman Hacker yang ikut bisa bekerja secara individu dan tim. Project yang dikerjakan juga menggunakan platform agnostic, yang artinya teman-teman hacker yang ikut dalam acara ini bebas memilih platform apapun untuk acara hackathon ini. Sedangkan solusi pengembangan dalam acara hackathon ini berupa aplikasi mobile, desktop atau web. Dan untuk setiap kode yang dibuat nantinya akan dibuat open source.

Dan di acara International Space Apps Challenge tahun 2012 ini NASA memiliki beberapa tantangan yang harus dipecahkan oleh teman-teman Hacker. Tantangan tersebut antara lain :

  1. Open Data Challenge — Kepler
    The challenge is to help NASA either a) make Kepler data more accessible or b) create something amazing with it. It could be an app that better visualizes the data, an interface that presents the data in a new way, an infographic that helps understand the data in a new way, or more.
  2. Handheld Hardware for Citizen Science
    The challenge is to develop plug-in hardware that can be used for any one of NASA’s citizen science missions, such as the creation of a spectrometer, photometer, or other instrumentation. A solution could include an open source framework to allow a variety of external sensors to interface with common smartphones. Sensors could measure atmospheric conditions, the radioactive environment over time, electromagnetic interference, or a variety of other conditions.
  3. Size of the Earth App
    Develop an app that facilitates a set of cooperative observations from which the app can determine the size of the Earth. An ingenious Greek astronomer named Eratosthenes, living about 2500 years ago, not only knew that the Earth was round, but was able to accurately determine its size! You and a new friend can do the same, with the assistance of this app!
  4. NASA Planetary Data System Interface
    Develop a tool for citizen scientists, educators, and students to access NASA’s Planetary Data System data sets, which is available at http://pds.nasa.gov/.
  5. HTML5 App to access NASA Earth Observations website
    Develop a stand-alone HTLM5 tablet app that would reach a large number of citizen scientists using Earth Science Data from the NASA Earth Observations (NEO) website (http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov). The website currently provides access to a wide array of missions and instrument data, and the ability to statistically analyze the information. It is focused on Earth Science, but will be extended to include planetary systems datasets in the future.
  6. Preliminary Design for Open Data API
    Scope out and design the hooks and actions necessary for application developers to interface with NASA datasets through an API. NASA has thousands of publicly available datasets, ranging from deep-space radiation readings to geospatial imaging of the earth’s surface. While an API exists at data.nasa.gov to read these datasets’ metadata, there is no standard way to access the data itself.
  7. Create Semantic Data Descriptor File
    The challenge is the creation of a semantic XML/RDF method for describing the contents of NASA datasets. NASA has thousands of publicly available datasets, ranging from deep-space radiation readings to geospatial imaging of the earth’s surface. Currently, there is no standard way to semantically describe the contents of a dataset in a way that is both easy to understand and machine readable.

Tertarik dengan tantangannya? Yuk ikutan daftar di sini dan mulai melihat-lihat API opens source NASA di sini, mari tunjukkan bahwa begadang + hack bisa juga mengubah dunia dan memecahan masalah kemanusiaan.

Via DailySocial