NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 – Singapore

It was wonderful that Red Hat’s Open Innovation Labs is a sponsor of this year’s NASA Space Apps Challenge event that is being held in Singapore. It was held at LEVEL3‘s offices at the Mapletree Business Park in Pasir Panjang.

At the briefing session held on Tuesday, 16th October 2018, there was a good turnout of more than 120 interested participants.

The briefing session featured four speakers, Bidushi Bhattacharya, Michelle Gillmour, Sandra Arps and Chirdeep Chhabra.


L-R: Sandra Arps, Michelle Gillmour, Bidushi Bhattacharya (via remote)


The Ocean Protocol by Chirdeep Chhabra.

This year’s Space Apps Challenge had a bunch of categories that were formulated by NASA which also included access to the vast amounts of data the NASA has accumulated about Earth and the cosmos.

The actual hackathon was held over the weekend (as any good hackathon would) of 20/21 October 2018  at the same location and, as is expected, the turn out of participants will always be lesser than those who showed up during the briefing.

Anyway, it is all about participation and I am glad that those who did eventually show up did a good job. The pitch hour was on Sunday at about 3pm and here’s the list of 19 who pitched.

In the end, the judging had to be done to come up with the overall winner and it was a tough process of choosing from a good set of pitches and teams.

The eventual winner was team Inferno (left) who gets S$1k and some Ocean Prototol tokens and the 2nd prize went to c10ud (right).

Congratulations all on this exciting hackathon.

I am glad that we were able to mentor the participants around Lean Canvas that the OIL uses as part of our consulting and mentoring work.

Next year, I would want to take part in this myself with a team for at least this can be my long unfulfilled dream of doing something about Space since watching on a black & white TV, Neil Armstrong jump off the ladder from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module and stand and walk on the moon in 1969. I still want to go to the moon (and thanks to Kelvin for locating the talk from 2007).

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