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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

Open ROV: Design and test an interface that allows control of an OpenROV, an open-source remotely operated submarine for underwater exploration, from a distance of more than 50 miles away.

Lego Rovers: Design a remote operation system to control a Lego Robot through a computer or smartphone.

“No Delays” Air Traffic Management: Create a crowd-sourced gaming and technology development platform to evolve the best ideas for future air traffic management.

My Space Cal: Develop an app or a website that combines the past and future time schedules of satellites into a common calendar that the world can easily access.

Incentives Tied to Utility Rates: Create a mobile app or website to help consumers find relevant incentives, tax rebates, and savings for their energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts.

Renewable Energy Explorer: Create an app or visualization that integrates wind, solar, and geothermal energy data to show where combining them would have the greatest potential.

Soil Testing Kit: Experiment with crowd-sourced soil testing approaches and develop a simple means for users to test their soil measurements using web/phone technology and provide feedback.

Earth From Space: Create an application that allows users to overlay EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) imagery on a 3-D model of earth.

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— Lillie-Beth Brinkman