The BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services) and BASIS Students Forum are inviting people to participate in a virtual hackathon of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
During the challenge on May 30-31, coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists across the globe will create virtual teams that will use earth observation data to propose solutions to Covid-19-related challenges.
BASIS Director Didarul Alam said they are participating in the NASA apps challenge like the previous years.
Against the backdrop of ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this year's contest will focus issues — local response/change and solution, impact of Covid-19 on the earth system/earth system response, learning about the virus and its spread using space-based data and economic opportunity impact and recovery during and following Covid-19.
The interested contestants will have to complete their registration by May 15. The participants will be able to communicate to other contestants and choose group members through the website chatroom until the competition begins.
Details will be available at covid19.spaceappschallenge.org and Space Apps twitter feed @SpaceApps.
Space Apps is an international hackathon that takes place in cities around the world.
Since 2012, teams have engaged with NASA's free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. The Covid-19 Challenge will be the program's first global virtual hackathon.
Space Apps 2019 included more than 29,000 participants at 225 events in 71 countries, developing more than 2,000 hackathon solutions over the course of one weekend.