Dubbed "the world's largest global hackathon," the NASA International Space Apps Challenge is a yearly event in which teams around the world use NASA's open data to develop innovative solutions to challenges on Earth and in space. An example of successful crowdsourcing and citizen science, Space Apps maintains a small global infrastructure, and relies on the intense commitment of local organizers around the world to develop, fund, and manage their local events, using information and tools that NASA provides. Each year, NASA releases individual challenge statements in support of a yearly theme ("Earth Science" in 2017; "Earth and Space" in 2018). Space Apps' global network fosters collaborations across borders, sectors and populations, as diverse teams of scientists, software developers, technologists, and others convene to collaborate on open-source solutions to each year's challenges. Participation is growing: over 25,000 people, in 187 cities across 69 countries, participated in 2017. Outcomes include new Earth and space science applications, increased awareness of Earth and space observations, the creation of new communities of collaboration, and rising engagement of women. In 2017, 28% of Space Apps local hosts were women; the hashtag #SpaceApps had a reach of over 44 million people, with an estimated 46% of posts written by women. As a highly successful crowdsourcing and citizen science endeavor, Space Apps leverages NASA's open data to engage broad communities of innovators around the world who craft solutions that foster a better understanding of Earth and space science, and that help to improve life on Earth. This presentation will explore the development, growth, and elements of success inherent in the Space Apps Challenge in the contexts of crowdsourcing, citizen science, use of Earth and space science data, and science diplomacy.
AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- December 2018
- 0480 Remote sensing;
- BIOGEOSCIENCESDE: 1622 Earth system modeling;
- GLOBAL CHANGEDE: 1999 General or miscellaneous;