The 2014 International Space Apps Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is a worldwide hackathon designed to spark innovation with direct applications to future space missions and improving life on earth. NASA judges have selected five challenge winners from more than 8,000 participants who developed software, hardware, data visualizations, and mobile or Web applications.
This year's competition included almost 40 challenges broken down into five themes, including Earth Watch, Technology in Space, Human Spaceflight, Robotics, and Asteroids.
SkyWatch, which won the Best Use of Data award, is a visual representation of data collected from observatories around the world in near real time.
The Android Base Station won the Best Use of Hardware award because it can transform a smartphone into a Wi-Fi hotspot by connecting to satellites using a three-dimensional-printed receiver.
Aurora Wearables, which won the Best Mission Concept award, is an Internet-connected spacesuit designed for astronauts to wear on the International Space Station.
Yorbit was selected as the Most Inspiring project because it can search, personalize, and share the photographs taken by NASA satellites.
Finally, SkySnapper won the Galactic Impact award because it can measure air quality by taking pictures of the sky.
From NASA News
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