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OU to host one International Space Apps Challenge from NASA

Teams will meet around the world this weekend, including at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, to find technical solutions to a series of challenges from NASA as part of the International Space Apps Challenge.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: April 16, 2013
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/articleid/3786435/1/pictures/2013748">Photo - NASA has pitched "Curiosity at Home" as one of its categories for the International Space Apps Challenge, asking developers in this challenge to find ways to make people more aware of the Mars activity of the space rover Curiosity, shown here in an artist's rendering. AP PHOTO/NASA <strong></strong>
NASA has pitched "Curiosity at Home" as one of its categories for the International Space Apps Challenge, asking developers in this challenge to find ways to make people more aware of the Mars activity of the space rover Curiosity, shown here in an artist's rendering. AP PHOTO/NASA

“Enabling all these communities to work together is a really compelling thing about the Space Apps Challenge,” she said.

Half of the 50 challenges are space-related and half are generated from other agencies, like the U.S. Department of Agriculture's interest in backyard poultry farming and sustainable agriculture.

“We really focus on collaboration,” Llewellyn said. “It takes the work of many nations and many different types of experiences to keep people in space. ... Seeing them work together, seeing them learn from each other, culturally, technically, scientifically, makes all of our solutions better.”

The project will be held in Norman because a group of senior public relations students wanted to tackle this for their capstone class.

“It's really a big deal ... for our region to have this here,” senior Lauren Wright said. “It's been a learning experience all throughout this entire thing.”

About 25 people had registered for the Norman event by last week, and teams are welcome until Saturday morning, said Chloe Shelby, another OU student organizer.

And while NASA legally can't award prizes as an arm of the federal government, it can help encourage others to incubate the projects and use the projects.

Last year's winners resulted in programs that NASA has put into practice.

For more information, go online to spaceappschallenge.org, like Space Apps Challenge on Facebook or follow @spaceapps on Twitter. To see last year's winners, go online to http://2012.spaceappschallenge.org.

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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