NASA SpaceApps Perth Weekend

For a second year the NASA Space Apps Challenge has finished up a successful weekend of challenges and data problems with solvers from all over Perth.. This is one of the world’s largest hackathons, with more than 60 countries globally competing with over 25,000 participants. 

The Perth event, held at CORE Innovation Hub on April 29-30, was full of excitement and hard work by all those involved. 

Participants teamed up to address some of the large-scale challenges we face on Earth and in space.  

Shaun Gregory Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer at Woodside Energy explained, “We’re excited to participate in this opportunity in our home town of Perth. Western Australia has some of the best and brightest minds and by collaborating together, we can achieve great results. We believe collaborative innovation is essential to future growth.”

Six teams competed to solve problems and find solutions to the themed challenges with the help of mentors, and already developed NASA data.

The winning teams, Rocket and Solar Rangers, will now progress to the global competition judged by NASA.

Team Rocket Chris Andrawes and Ben Derham along with Maurice Melchers from Longtail who last year, went on to be recognised as a finalist in the top 25 teams globally, again took the joint title this year, completing a brief to slow the rate of decline in food sustainability that at current forecast will see 1 in 3 people on Earth malnourished by the year 2050.

The team's solution "Taste Buds" chose to take on the statistic that a third of food on Earth is wasted, majority of which is from unsustainable food sources.  It involved getting people to eat food together, reducing wasted leftovers via a tinder-esque app.

A link to their challenge can be found HERE:

The challenge topics can be found HERE 

The 6 teams took on the challenges of:

  • Solar Rangers: Smart Homes: Harnessing the sun’s power on Earth
  • Rocket: What’s for Dinner?
  • Wild Space: Explore, discover, learn and save your ecosystem!
  • (people’s choice winner)
  • Anati: Wasting energy, where’s the enemy?
  • Matches: We didn’t start the fire
  • Startustics: Ain’t no cloud high enough

Thanks to sponsors Woodside, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Inspiring Australia, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, BHP Billiton, Amazon Web Services, The University of Western Australia and the Global Engineering Excellence Centre.