Resource Telescope focuses on the reuse of previous Space Apps solutions for the challenges’ participants which can start their development from an advanced point.
Space Apps Challenge is an annual and global event by NASA that gives great opportunity to participants group up and present new ideas, researches, and solutions over one weekend. The winners are highlighted on the awards page and can be invited to visit NASA facilities.
In 2018, this 2-day hackathon grouped 18,000 participants in 75 countries. The result was a collection of 1,375 open-source projects, and lots of links and findings of IT people, artists, designers, students, data scientists, enthusiasts, and others.
I participated in the last challenge and already register myself for the next event. However, the questions are: where do I start my project from? Where are these findings and links (previous discoveries)?
Based on the metaphor “standing on the shoulders of giants”, I’ve created a tool that focuses on the reuse of projects searching for keywords over more than 5,000 solutions into 5 previous challenges. Therefore, participants can use the solutions, links, references, and ideas to evolve their projects or create a completely new one from a known trail.
The tool was named “Resource Telescope” and implemented by using Nodejs, Reactjs, Firebase, and Algolia.
The first step in the development process was making sure that the pages of the challenges could be read by bots. Any mention of the restrictions in using this information inside official pages or robots.txt file was found.
Afterward, my program collected and structured links and descriptions from lots of pages and subpages inserting them to a NoSQL database into the Firebase platform. This kind of database doesn’t have full-text searching natively. Then, the Algolia tool was responsible to do that.
Finally, my front-end application was developed using Reactjs and deployed by Firebase hosting. It is ready to receive keywords from inventive creators.
The 2019 challenge will be in next October. It will awesome to climb in tallest shoulders, use a virtual telescope, revisit links and resources, and start my new and funny app.
Any questions about the development or my challenge experience, please, let me know.