NASA and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) are teaming up to create a one of a kind event called ‘the space challenge.’
The event is aimed at challenging participants to create applications that assist in solving space exploration issues as well as earthly problems. The hackathon will be an online affair, inviting people from over 162 countries. It will involve 136 cities, and over 10,000 are expected to participate during this coming weekend.
IBM uses Bluemix for Nasa Partnership
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) will work together, with NASA in providing access to the participants through IBM’s Bluemix platform. During the event, NASA will allow its users to access their data sources. The event will also include taking advantage of the ‘internet of things’ and their surrounding data.
The event organizers expect participants to take advantage of the data through Bluemix and its analytical tools. Since the event is a hackathon, the participators will mostly be computer geniuses who can analyze and interpret the data. After that, they should be able to come up with amazing and creative ideas that might be practical in real life application.
International Business Machines continues NASA Support
All the participating cities will provide the top two teams to proceed to a global comparison with other teams from other countries. Judges will lower the number down to 30, and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) will reward these top 30. NASA has plans to incubate and offer developmental support to the best ideas.
Apart from creating solutions to problems and creating some healthy, interactive competition, the event is also aimed at pushing creativity and encouraging entrepreneurship. The hackathon will also encourage women to increase their participation in such events. The talks will also feature some of the women making a mark in the programming world.
Debora Diaz is the CTO of NASA, and she will speak at the event. She and her other female colleagues will promote the participation of women in the STEM program. IBM on the other hand plans on capturing the attention of developers through the cloud development tools.
NASA and IBM have a strong relationship dating back to man’s first landing on the moon.