We're coming off an incredible Space Apps weekend with over 15,000 Earthlings gathering together around the world in 61 countries and 161 cities. We expect the numbers to go up as our local hosts turn in their official counts. Here's what we have so far: almost 1200 projects! Awesome.
We've received a high volume of questions about judging. Let me give you a quick overview, so that you'll know what we're doing behind the scenes during the four weeks following Space Apps. We're busy. Here's what our month looks like.
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To be clear, SIX winning teams will be designated Global Award Winners: 1) Best Use of Data, 2) Best Use of Hardware, 3) Best Mission Concept, 4) Galactic Impact, and 5) Most Inspirational; in addition to 6) People's Choice.
We'll also extend invitations to the hosts of the winning teams, who can each bring one guest. We want to honor the effort hosts undertake to make Space Apps happen. They are the engine behind Space Apps. They secure the venue, wifi, food and amenities; and handle the outreach and press activities for their site. They reach out to community-based businesses and organizations to support their efforts. They work with us behind the scenes for months prior to Space Apps every year.
Now the hosts can take a breather while we're busy judging. While you wait for the results, I'll share with you a few behind-the-scenes pics from the Space Apps Pasadena Main Stage. Enjoy.
Heartfelt thanks to Joe Brisbois (in the image below) for stepping up to host our shift to the west coast this year. Joe, You ROCKet!]
We brought "the Mohawk Guy" from JPL (below) to preside over the weekend, only to find the REAL Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi participating with the Space Apps Data Bootcamp Stardust Stations.
The team worked late into the night arranging and re-arranging furniture to fit in 140 Data Bootcamp participants. Thank you Cross Campus Pasadena for your hospitality (and patience).
Our AWEsome global organizing team is hard at work prepping for the Data Bootcamp the following day. Others in our team traveled to other locations and aren't pictured here.
Tables set. Paper covers and markers in place. Table notes of inspiration in progress. Team still working through issues. Almost time to call it a day on. Data Bootcamp on Friday.
BlinkBlink team prepping for the Data Bootcamp Stardust Station.
T-shirts for participants on Saturday.
Live-stream tutorial on how to create a compelling 30-second video for global judging.
And here you are, engaging with us!
Astronaut Doug Wheelock (and his lovely wife Kelly at his side) shares stories and answers questions.
Incredible Michelle Easton and her MindMaker Stardust Station is full to capacity with a long waiting line outside.
Judging panel on Sunday with NASA's Chief Information Officer Renee Wynn, Deputy Chief Scientist Gale Allen, and NASA JPL Chief Technology Officer Tom Soderstrom in the middle.
NASA Women convene! Far right: Renee Wynn, NASA's Chief Information Officer. Middle: Deborah Diaz, NASA's Chief Technology Officer for IT. And me. Cool to be in Pasadena together.
We have so many more images to share. These are just a few to let you see Space Apps from our perspective. And one more little treat for you while you wait for the announcement of Global Awards: a virtual Space Apps cookie.
Open Innovation Program Manager