Winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge

Nasa announced six winning teams in International Space Apps Challenge. More than 8,000 people took part in the programming contest at 95 locations around the world.

  • Space Apps Toronto’s SkyWatch app won the Best Use of Data category. Nasa set an Alert-Alert challenge to make reports of supernovae and other transient astronomical events more accessible to the public. SkyWatch’s browser-based interface presents events in a Twitter-like stream and uses Google Maps to show where observations came from and whether you can see it from your location. A Google Sky section lets you visualize where in space the new event occurred. (SkyWatch on Github)
  • Space Apps London’s Android Base Station won the Best PhoneSat category. Their app uses the sensors in an Android smartphone to find the lowest cost satellite Internet connection and aim a satellite dish. The smartphone’s WiFi turns into a wireless hotspot so any nearby laptop or phone can connect. (Android Base Station on Github)
  • Space Apps Exeter’s Aurora Wearables won the Wearables category. A team of artists, designers, and coders designed clothes for astronauts to wear on the space station. Embedded electronics connect the astronaut to mission control and family. (Aurora Wearables on Github

  • Space Apps Kansas City’s Yorbit won the Most Inspiring category. The web app lets you search Nasa’s image archives for pictures of Earth from space, personalize the image, and share it with your social network. (Yorbit on Github and web)
  • Space Apps London’s SkySnapper won the Galactic Impact category. The smartphone app crowdsources images of the sky to measure pollution. (SkySnapper on Github and web)
  • The People’s Choice award went to Space Apps Valencia's Space Helmet, a virtual reality display for space tourists. The system displays medical information, alerts, and chats with other tourists inside the tourist’s helmet while recording a 360 degree video to play back in an Oculus Rift or planetarium. (Space Helmet on Github and web)