Filipinos are Called to Join NASA's Hackathon to Solve COVID-19 Related Issues
by Inside Manila Team, May 14, 2020 5:51pm
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The United States space agency, National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) along with European Space Agency (ESA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is launching a virtual hackathon on May 30-31 to open the possibility of developing solutions to issues caused/related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NASA Space Apps is a NASA-led initiative organized globally in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mindgrub, and SecondMuse. This year, during a 48-hour period, participants are to create virtual teams and will use Earth observation data to propose solutions to COVID-19-related challenges. Ranging from studying the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and its spread, to the impact the disease is having on the Earth system. The hackathon will also examine the human and economic response to the virus.
Filipinos have been participants in this annual hackathon since 2016. The very first Philippine winner used citizen science and environmental data to develop ISDApp a mobile app where fishermen can know when to catch fish. Last 2019, Filipino developers won with their dengue mapping forecasting system using satellite and climate data.
Since the start of this global outbreak, Earth science specialists have had lent a hand in the areas of science and technology. Using Earth’s observation data, it’s exploring ways to aid understand the virus including, a way to combat it as well.
This year they need more helping hands and minds to create a way to combat COVID-19 issues or, potentially, the virus itself!
Registration for the NASA Space App is now open. Follow this link to register: https://covid19.spaceappschallenge.org/