Two upstate universities hosting NASA challenge

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April 4, 2013

Two upstate universities have been chosen as host sites for the international NASA space apps challenge. The challenge, taking place this month, brings together collaborators in 40 different countries to solve some of the toughest challenges facing space exploration and society.

Syracuse University and Rochester Institute of Technology are among eighteen US locations selected to participate in the international competition.

The 48-hour event is open to all members of the community. NASA’s fifty challenges will include working on an app to compare earth’s landscapes to neighboring planets, and creating a deployable greenhouse that could be taken to Mars.

“Designers, developers, hackers, journalists, teachers, students, children, folks from all over the world are contributing to projects and trying to solve challenges that are posted by NASA to solve real-world problems,”  says RIT’s Remy DeCausemaker.

He says the two universities want to collaborate during the challenge via video conferencing, allowing the Rochester and Syracuse communities to share ideas, and that all solutions developed during the competition will be released under free and open licenses.