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Norman competitors to take on 15 tech challenges from NASA

NASA seeking solutions to challenges that range from chicken farming in the backyard to weather on Mars.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: April 16, 2013

The University of Oklahoma is one of about 80 locations worldwide that will take part in NASA's International Space Apps Challenge on Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers of the hackathon, led by OU public relations Capstone students, have narrowed to 15 the list of challenges for Norman participants to solve out of the 50 offered by NASA.

So when competitors start at 9 a.m. Saturday at OU's Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, 201 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 100, innovators will be finding solutions in hardware creation, software development, citizen science and data visualizations for one of these areas. Here is the list for Norman.

Backyard Poultry Farmer: Create a backyard poultry farmer app with the objective of getting individuals and households back into agriculture through backyard chickens.

Curiosity at Home: Bring awareness of the activities of the Curiosity Rover on Mars down to Earth.

Wish you were here: Develop a compelling representation of weather on Mars.

Hitch a ride to Mars: Create a CubeSat design and develop a mission that operates in the Mars environment and furthers our knowledge of Mars.

3-D Printing Contest: Create an open source 3-D model of space hardware for the European Space Agency that can be generated by a 3-D printer.

The Blue Marble: Rethink space-based Earth imagery and make it more accessible to a broad audience through an app, platform or website.

Tour of the Moon: Enable an interactive tour of the Moon by creating an application for the Web and/or an Android mobile device or other open-source mobile platform.

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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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