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NASA to Host International Space Apps Challenge in April; Deborah Diaz Comments

deep_spaceNASA will host an international challenge that aims to produce technologies that contribute to space exploration efforts that could benefit life on Earth.

Participants from 72 countries will work to develop mobile applications, hardware, software, data visualizations and other platforms during the International Space Apps Challenge from April 22 to 24, the space agency said Wednesday.

“We’re reaching out to women’s organizations influential in the data and maker communities to participate, and we encourage women-led teams in the hackathon,” said Deborah Diaz, NASA chief technology officer for IT.

The event will focus on 26 challenges in the areas of aeronautics, Earth science, space technology, the journey to Mars, the solar system and beyond and the International Space Station.

NASA said over 200 sources will be available as references to answer space exploration questions to support the projects of participating scientists, entrepreneurs, educators and students.

The event will also feature a Data Bootcamp that is open to the public for an opportunity to learn coding and data skills and will be streamed live from Pasadena, California.

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