Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge in Nepal

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NASA space challenge is a competitive event first organized in April 2012 in 25 cities around the world. Due to its success and popularity, it has been turned into an annual event and will be held expectedly in 70 cities this year, including Nepal, on April 20 and 21. In Nepal, the event will be organized by ICIMOD within the framework of the SERVIR-Himalaya's initiative supported by USAID and NASA, in close collaboration with YoungInnovations, a local partner organization.

Through NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, people from all over the world have been given a chance to learn more about space technology and earth observation applications and use their knowledge and skills to develop meaningful solutions to help to address critical global challenges. This year, people from Nepal too will have an opportunity to participate in this challenge and work with experts from ICIMOD to learn more about the issues faced by the region. Participants will use their skills and knowledge to develop solutions to pressing problems, especially those that are affecting communities in the Himalayas.

Anyone can participate in the International Space Apps Challenge, which requires individuals with a broad range of skills. Participants could include engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, and entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing the world and is willing to devote two days to this exciting event. The participants in the event can choose from a list of challenges listed in the page featured challenges of NASA’s space challenges website that includes a wide range of topics, including possibilities for software and hardware development, citizen science, and data visualization.


In Nepal the event will be held at Direction Exhibition and Convention Center Hall (DECC), United World Trade Center (UWTC), in Tripureshwor. Interested people can apply by registering in Kathmandu location’s dedicated webpage no later than 15th of April, 2013. Regular updates can be found on the tumblr blog of the event http://spaceappsktm.tumblr.com/ and facebook page of the event http://www.facebook.com/spaceappsktm.

Janaki Technology is always excited to see such events being organized in the country and we encourage everyone to register a great participation in it. With the new technologies getting popular in Nepal, more such events such as Startup Weekend, Ted Talks, Barcamps, PHP developer meetups, Python Developer Meetups, Hackathons, Internet Freedom Day and many more are being organised everyday. Janaki Technology is always keen to support such events.  In its attempt to promote such culture and upcoming startups in Nepal, Janaki Technology would also be hosting World Startup Report event on April 27th and we expect huge support from everyone. We are also expecting to see some great IT startups to evolve from Nepal and we would be happy to contribute to the community in any possible capacity of company.

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