The International Space Apps Challenge, held on 21-22 April 2012, was a very productive event. 100+ solutions were developed in less than 48 hours, and although a few teams are still submitting their solutions to the website, we wanted to provide a summary of the 100+ reasons what you did at the event made a difference! We have listed out all unique solutions submitted below, in alphabetical order, and included a one or two sentence elevator-pitch description of each. We have also included a link to the solution page if you are interested in finding out more information about the solution, want to view or download the code, share a comment, contact the team, or in some cases view a demo or prototype of the solution itself. If you are one of the participants and would like to improve the description we have for your project, please email us your updates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each location had the opportunity to nominate up to two winning solutions for consideration in the Global Judging process. The solutions thare were nominated are identified as well. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to one of the solutions below – the results truly speak for themselves.
A redesign of current Earth-based 3D printing technology to allow for 3D printing in zero gravity environments.
An energy efficient, self sufficient process to produce ordinary, fresh bread with minimal ingredients at lower, safer temperatures in a limited resource environment.
An app that shows aurora intensity, the ISS location and space weather data using the WebGL globe platform.
An app that visualizes near-real time aurora data.
A HTML5 generative art experiment to visualize Kepler data.
A demonstration of how to parse Kepler data into a database to improve accessibility.
A spaceobject checkin game that visualizes the nearest satellites overhead and provides points and badges for each check-in.
A prototype of a web-based conversion of MathTrax to improve accessibility, as well as documentation for how to integrate MathTrax with the MakerBot 3D printer.
A platform that allows farmers in remote areas to seamlessly exchange commodity price information with their peers, allowing them to make better-informed decisions.
An app to share and obtain social information on weather conditions, soil data and crop pricing.
An app that uses satellite data to shows the effects of Climate Change in Kenya.
A projection of the view Astronauts enjoy from the Cupola Module on the ISS using a common PC, projector and web-browser.
13. Code/Game Controller/Water Sampling Mechanism OpenROV Framework Development Challenge (San Francisco, USA) (Nominated for Global Judging)
Further development of the OpenROV platform to build out functionality for power conditioning, code refactoring, game controller configuration, water sampler, and vinyl decal.
The development of a command and control protocol for Cubesats.
A data schema attempts to capture the commonalities between datasets acquired by NASA to allow citizen scientists and data mining softwares to quickly locate relevant datasets required to answer questions posed in broad terms, such as “Has the sea level risen in the last 10 years?”
A web service to connect humans to Earth’s magnetic field through the visualization and social sharing functionality.
An app that provides the next day’s pollen count to provide asthmatics and hay fever suffers information regrinding potential life-threatening situations.
Data majic is a remote data acquisition and control system aimed at collecting data about a wind turbine. The system monitors the periodic status of the wind turbine and reports to an SMS server from where the information can be analyzed and visualized.
A solution that translates multiple XML data and map values into relational database.
An app to help education the public on common misconceptions regarding the solar system and astronomy.
A Matlab script that displays an orbital tour of planets and is able to determine the optimal orbit.
A solution to display the results of a Foosball game digitally using a web client, motion sensors and an arduino board. The display can also be used as a countdown display for anything (such as a rocket launch).
A social network.
The Extra-Tererstrial Universal Resource Location allows for the categorization of an object in the solar system, say, a surface feature on an asteroid, or on the moon, or the voyager spacevraft.
An app that collates disparate sources of Exoplanet data and provide an API for access to this data.
ExoAPI is an ongoing project that extends the accessibility of exoplanetary data by providing an easy to use RESTful API.
The development of a unified API interface to NASA’s data that does not require specialist knowledge of each data-set to explore.
An inexpensive, reusable module that can serve as a platform for high altitude, microgravity experimentation.
A resource to enhance scientific understanding of adaptive functions of organisms in space environments to help us be more aware about planetary life.
An interactive application that compares side-by-side maps of the content from the Fragile Oasis website.
A custom user interface to display the data from Fragile Oasis website in a world map.
A mobile application to make the Fragile Oasis website more accessible to the general public.
An app that generates a graph of brain waves from a user who is interacting with space data, using a cheap EEG device, a PC and an arduino.
An app to provide an easy way for citizens to report and to notify others of garbage piles that are happening in public space by posting images and descriptions.
A Mobile and Web based application that enables farmers to view and post current prices of commodities in different locations.
An app that explores the potential of unused land for the growing of fruit, vegetable and other crops through the use of location, climate and growing data.
The app to reduce the barriers to growing by taking location, climate, and growing data into consideration and to give people the information they need when selecting what to grow.
A real-time hazard map application that is powered by social media observations to help provide a a useful risk assessment for potential (and actual) crisis situations.
A tool that allows a humanitarian in the field to upload their data in a way that can be aggregated and queried. The application accepts excel files of any structure, has a user interface for annotating them, and converts them to hxl, a format for capturing unstructured semantic data.
An app that exports an excel database to the HXL standard.
An app that maps Indian calendar’s (panchang) astronomical parameters for use by amateur astronomers.
A native Android and iOS app that implements REST API for ISSLive data consisting of space station system parameters and crew timeline data.
An app that uses data from Exoplanets.org to visualize the entire set of confirmed exoplanets as well as provides the relative properties for each planet and Earth.
An HTML5/canvas attempt to display Kepler confirmed planets in a simple 3d format.
A solution to visualize Kepler data, such as changing star intensity, using an Arduino.
An augmented reality app that simulates life in mars based on geolocalization of the users movement on Earth.
A web application for iOS that allows users to search for a star by holding iphone or ipad to the night sky if it’s cloudy. Includes social media functionality to share the experience with others.
A heatmap visualization of the Moon created by processing a database of raw altimeter data.
A process to protect concrete Lunar modules from solar heat, radiation and cosmic rays.
A website for education about Lunar Elevators.
A lunar landing iOS game.
An app that calculates the ideal landing site on the Moon using NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and produces a “heat map” that can be viewed using Google Earth.
A mobile web app that allows users on mobile phones and tablets to browse the very high resolution map images of Mars, and a Web Standards based platform on top of it for educational/citizen science applications.
An app to visualize the phase of the Moon using java.
An app that uses NASA weather satellite data to bring carbon footprint computation down to the individual level, allowing trends to be associated with decisions people make based on weather conditions and convenience of transportation options.
A preliminary design and schema for a NASA Open Data API to improve accessibility and a unified interface to NASA datasets without requiring specialist knowledge.
An 3d solar system exploration tool that uses C# ASP.NET MVC3 for a backend to interface with HORIZON data over telnet, Three.js to do the WebGL rendering, HTML5 and CSS3.
An app that brings website widget interaction and querying of images to mobile platform so that users can see how the world changes based on categories of surface temperature, chlorophyll concentration, water vapor, carbon monoxide concentration, radiation, active fires, snow cover, cloud fraction, leaf area index, net primary productivity, population, and vegetation index.
An initial proof of concept of an open data schema extension for the data.nasa.gov website, to improve accessibility to NASA data.
An app that visualizes sensor data on a world map, using an arduino for reading sensor data and software for managing and visualizing the data.
A Web and Mobile platform widget to share 3D Earth imagery data from NASA satellites.
A script to display and plat data from the Horizons mission, which demonstrates the calculation of a trajectory of a planet between two timestamps.
A Matlab simulation and approach for a tour of the solar system.
A web and mobile app that filters a tropical crop database by location’s Rainfall, latitude, elevation and pH.
This software improves accessibility to Kelper exoplanets data by allowing users to search for starts using a simple http GET string that returns data in both machine and human readable format.
An app that visualizes Kepler data to allow children and teachers to explore all the exoplanets that we know about.
A distance-free virtual game of ping-pong that can be played between Astronauts in space and citizens on Earth, using mobile devices.
A php command encoder that utilizes standardized commands and provides access to a databases through one main command prompt.
An app that combines ISS, HST and weather forecast data for a specified location to inform people about what they’ll be able to see in the night sky.
Predict the Sky SMS is a text message service for satellite enthusiast that tracks satellite events and sends the user a SMS message when one is visible from your location on Earth as it’s happening.
An arduino based rover that avoids obstacles by sensing how much light is reflected off the obstacle.
An app to visualize the growth in electrification and population across the globe, using night-time lighting from satellite data across a region as a proxy.
Integration of code for an exoplanet layer into Google Sky Map app for Android, which includes search function and the ability to add additional multimedia features.
An app that analyzes twitter trends to find global risk and crisis events and visualizes them on a world map in real time.
A desktop client that takes solar wind speed live from the web and produces an animation of the current wind speeds. The same feed is also used by an Arduino to show the live intensity of the solar winds by lighting more lights the more intense the winds.
An app that investigates sounds of space, by using the azimuth, altitude and proximity of a mobile phone to calculate various celestial sounds.
An app that uses the built-in microphone on the Nexus Android phone to create a high fidelity audio recording of the sound during the 90 minute mission.
A poster to serve as a Public Service Announcement raise awareness of the risks associated with the growing space debris problem.
Jewelry created using the location of a planet in space on a desired date and time.
A cross-platform quiz web app, to test, inform and correction misconceptions kids may have about space.
Social data-connected jewelry that lights up based on twitter trends.
An app that allows users to socially share and analyize the occurrence of strange events with others.
An app that restricts a shared social media stream based on the orbit of the ISS in order to provide a common viewpoint and build a community around space data based on location.
A physical demonstration of the relative position of the International Space Station using an “ISSDuck” printed on a 3D printer, that floats on water, which is disrupted through a rudder controlled by an arduino and servo motor.
A cross-platform app to process multiple lunar data sets and analysis strategies in order to find optimal landing sites for spacecrafts.
A low cost, low data-rate camera system system for SERVIR that uses a web camera and micro-controller interface.
An application to keep track of an individual’s travel history, distance, and methods and determine the impact it has on the individual as well as in wider community.
A social app that maps ground and satellite data on google maps.
A program that allows a satellite to tweet from space.
A crowd sourcing platform that creates awareness for health related issues in Kenya and aims to improve productivity of end-users while minimizing labor and research expenses.
An app that allows anyone to view, enjoy, and remix NASA’s mission image data easily by converting VICAR files to the popular PNG image format.
An app that animates current solar wind speed, taken live from the web, using an Arduino to visualize the live intensity of the solar winds through lights.
An app that harvests and analyses real time hazard data from social media e.g. Twitter and provides a user friendly web based visualization of the data.
An app that calculates the average BGR value of an image useing a logitech c920 and python code.
A new web interface to improve accessibility to the NASA Planetary Data System.
An app that centralizes Landsat5TM and available water stage and precipitation data and displays the output on a map.
A concept for an educational iPad app that allows users to explore space through touch gestures.
Digital representations of common meteorological weather symbols, which are currently not offered in a re-usable digital format.
World At Night is a tool that intends to show WHO on planet earth has access to light. Its data visualization allows anyone to see the state of the world today, in terms of access to electricity.
An API that converts inaccessible NASA data into popular formats used by developers, by converting Json data XML, YAML and a better structured JSON data.