NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2016 - Bulgaria

will take place over 48 hours on the 23-rd and 24-th of April 2016

in Sofia, Burgas and Plovdiv

NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2016


Bulgaria will take part for the fourth year in NASA Intentional Space Apps Challenge. This is an event for mass collaboration, which is organised for the fifth year globally in the cities on all seven continents in the world.

This hackathon is part of a larger process of defining challenges relevant to earth and space, intensively working to prototype solutions, and subsequently refining and implementing the most promising prototypes.  The International Space Apps Challenge is a model for innovation. The ability to contribute towards solving meaningful challenges is the most important motivator for most participants in mass collaboration.


 

 


Bulgarian Achievements

2015

Global winners from Bulgaria

Valkyrie - Sofia is ranked by NASA as a global winner in Best Use оf Hardware.

Rain-of-Fire - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Mission Concept.

Robo-Fabric - Burgas is ranked by NASA as one of the top fifteen in People`s Choice, and on the final round is the second in the globe. 

 

Local winners 2015

Projects that competed on the global round

Projects, which recived aditional prizes 

 

More about the projects 2015 (here) 

2014

Global winners from Bulgaria

LeafZobe - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Use of Data.

 

Local winners 2014

Sofia

Burgas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 More about the projects 2014 (here)

2013

Global winners from Bulgaria

ChickBook - Sofia is global winner in People`s Choice.

GhOST - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Mission Concept.

 

Local winners 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More about the projects 2013 (here), 2012 (here)

REGISTRATION and PARTICIPATION

 

Everyone can participate. Hackathons are technology development marathons that draw on the talents and initiative of bright minded volunteers – programmers, developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a passion and desire to have an immediate impact on the world. They are open to anyone who has a passion for making a difference and are focused on developing real solutions to global challenges.

 

Registration will be available prior to the event and all individuals who are attending will need to register online on: http://spaceappschallenge.org/

NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2016

 

Solutions can span the spectrum from concept ideation, to prototypes and working demos, to advanced applications ready for use. Each team will choose a challenge and will decide what solution/s to develop.

 

 TIMELINE

 

 

 


 

WHEN?


23 and 24 April 2016

The registration will be open in March 

and will continue until 23-th of April

Register on: 

https://2016.spaceappschallenge.org/

WHERE?


Sofia, Inter Expo Center  (map)

Burgas, PGMEE  (map)

Plovdiv, HSSE (map)

and virtually from any location in Bulgaria

PROGRAM and RULES


Coming soon!

Program
Submitting a solution Rules

LIVE STREAM


Coming soon!

Sofia

Live channel 

Burgas

Live channel

Plovdiv 

Live channel

 CHALLENGES - CATEGORIES

THE CHALLENGES FEATURE THE FOUR TOPICS: ROBOTICS, OUTER SPACE, HUMANS AND EARTH

The challemges are announced on https://2016.spaceappschallenge.org/

 


Aeronautics


Earth


International Space Station


Journey to Mars


Solar System and Beyond


Technology

WHO WE ARE

The event Space Apps Challenge 2016 - Bulgaria is organised through collaboration and partnership among science community, universities representatives, business organisations, NGOs and students volunteers.

 

HOST ORGANISATION - SOFIA

 

 

   

IEC | Sofia

The main goal of Inter Expo Center's team has always been to develop the already acclaimed exhibitions and, at the same time, to realise ideas and concepts for new events, related to the priority field of development of the Bulgarian and world economy, giving them power for business. Inter Expo Center (IEC) – Sofia is hosting the biggest international and local congresses, trade exhibitions, as well as every significant event conducted in Sofia. Using appropriate visual transformations IEC builds vivid, contemporary and ever-changing portrait of the congress halls and creates the needed atmosphere for the participants and the audience. IEC-Sofia is a proud member of UFI-the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry и CEFA-the Central European Fair Alliance.


 

 HOST ORGANISATION - BURGAS

 

 

       

Professional School of Mechanical and Electronics | Burgas

Professional School of Mechanical and Electronics/PGMEE/ in Burgas was established on 29.08.1925 under the initiative of George Dipchev – the son of Rayna Knyaginya. PGMEE is a leading school in Burgas and in Bulgaria. It provides a modern innovative educational and professional training of highly qualified personnel in specialties: Industrial Aesthetics and Design, Motor Technology, Electrical production, Electrical Motor Equipment, Industrial Electronics, Microprocessors, and Computer Networks that corresponds to the environment of market economy. Graduates of PGMEE won top prizes at competitions in Technical Drawing; national competitions in Applied Electronics, "I Can And I Know How", "Best Technician in Mechanical Engineering", "Best Young Mechanic and Driver" and "Aeromodelling." They performed perfectly at the "Space Apps Challenge" NASA competition for Bulgaria in 2013 where they took the second place with a project for a greenhouse for growing fresh vegetables during missions to the moon. PGMEE participates in numerous national and EU operational programs.


 

 HOST ORGANISATION - PLOVDIV

 

 

       

University of Security and Economics | Plovdiv

The Higher School of Security and Economics (HSSE) is one of the youngest univer-sities in our country. It was initially established as a College of Economics and Admin-istration (CEA) – Plovdiv, with a Resolution of the 39th National Assembly dated Octo-ber 29th 2003, promulgated in issue 97 of the State Gazette dated September 4th 2003 and transformed with a Resolution of the 43rd National Assembly, promulgated in is-sue 38 of the State Gazette dated May 26th 2015.
HSSE offers very popular and attractive specialties in the PROFESSIONAL SPHERE of „NATIONAL SECURITY“, „ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT“, „ECONOMICS“. After completing the course students acquire education and qualification degree bachelor. The students can continue their education for a Master’s degree in all the majors studied at the Higher School of Security and Economics in the city of Plovdiv. Education is a prerequisite for personal development. Despite its short history, the Higher School is developing dynamically and has won recognition as one of the most prestigious universities in Plovdiv and the region

 

 

CO-ORGANISERS


  • BAS - Space Research and Technology Institute

    The mission of SRTI-BAS is the conduct of fundamental and applied studies in the field of Space Physics, Remote Sensing of the Earth and Planets, and Aerospace Systems and Technologies. The priorities of SRTI-BAS are: solar-Terrestrial and Space Physics (solar wind, magnetospheric and ionospheric physics, high and middle atmospheric physics, space weather); high-energy astrophysics, galactic cosmic rays; medico-biological studies, space biotechnologies, heliobiology, telemedicine; design, development and transfer of methods, instrumentation and technologies for remote sensing of the Earth, regional and global monitoring of the environment and security; research in the field of obtaining and application of new superhard materials; development of innovative aerospace instrumentation and technologies, as well as their transfer to economy.

  • State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies

    In the last 7 years the State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (SULSIT) has become one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in Bulgaria.  Alongside the traditional specialties – Library Studies and Bibliography, Library Management, Print Communications and Computer Sciences, the University offers unique specialties such as Information technologies, Information Brokerage, Information Security, Information Collections of the Cultural and Historical Heritage, Information Resources of Tourism, Information Technologies in the Court Administration, Software Engineering. SULSIT has all forms and degrees of education, including the so-called PhD School. The University supports huge scientific research in the different areas where it provides educational services.

  • Professional School of Mechanical and Electronics - Burgas

    Professional School of Mechanical and Electronics/PGMEE/ in Burgas was established on 29.08.1925 under the initiative of George Dipchev – the son of Rayna Knyaginya. PGMEE is a leading school in Burgas and in Bulgaria. It provides a modern innovative educational and professional training of highly qualified personnel in specialties: Industrial Aesthetics and Design, Motor Technology, Electrical production, Electrical Motor Equipment, Industrial Electronics, Microprocessors, and Computer Networks that corresponds to the environment of market economy. Graduates of PGMEE won top prizes at competitions in Technical Drawing; national competitions in Applied Electronics, "I Can And I Know How", "Best Technician in Mechanical Engineering", "Best Young Mechanic and Driver" and "Aeromodelling." They performed perfectly at the "Space Apps Challenge" NASA competition for Bulgaria in 2013 where they took the second place with a project for a greenhouse for growing fresh vegetables during missions to the moon. PGMEE participates in numerous national and EU operational programs.

  • University of Security and Economics - Plovdiv

    The Higher School of Security and Economics (HSSE) is one of the youngest univer-sities in our country. It was initially established as a College of Economics and Admin-istration (CEA) – Plovdiv, with a Resolution of the 39th National Assembly dated Octo-ber 29th 2003, promulgated in issue 97 of the State Gazette dated September 4th 2003 and transformed with a Resolution of the 43rd National Assembly, promulgated in is-sue 38 of the State Gazette dated May 26th 2015.

    HSSE offers very popular and attractive specialties in the PROFESSIONAL SPHERE of „NATIONAL SECURITY“, „ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT“, „ECONOMICS“. After completing the course students acquire education and qualification degree bachelor. The students can continue their education for a Master’s degree in all the majors studied at the Higher School of Security and Economics in the city of Plovdiv. Education is a prerequisite for personal development. Despite its short history, the Higher School is developing dynamically and has won recognition as one of the most prestigious universities in Plovdiv and the region

  • Junior Achievement

    Junior Achievement is the world’s oldest, largest and fastest-growing non profit economic education organization. JA Bulgaria educates and inspires young Bulgarians to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives.It prepares them to succeed in a global economy. Established in 1997, Junior Achievement Bulgaria is a member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAW) and its regional entity Junior Achievement –Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE). Junior Achievement Bulgaria is the first and foremost organization in Bulgaria offering top-notch programs and courses in business, economics and the development of the entrepreneurial spirit through educational and hands-on activities in economics, financial literacy, business skills, leadership and strategies for success. JA-YE enterprise and economic education programmes are designed for young people ages 6-25 and are implemented through a partnership between local businesses and schools.

  • Setelis Labs

    Setelis Labs provides software development services. The company is focused on helping their clients plan, build and expand their software products. Its skilled and highly motivated team have the expertise to handle complex custom software projects using a vast array of technologies and software processes. Besides the most-used programming languages today, the Setelis Labs team is proficient in less popular technologies such as Erlang and WebRTC.

  • NOVA Idea Foundation

    NOVA Idea Foundation supports young people in Bulgaria who want to turn their ideas into a successful business. We strive to create environment where entrepreneurs and young professionals flourish, to incubate companies with global outreach.

 


SPONSORS

  •  

    ICN.Bg

    ICN.Bg (Internet Corporated Networks) is the biggest Bulgarian web hosting company, specialized in providing state-of-the-art web hosting solutions for corporate clients as well as individuals. ICN.Bg offers shared hosting, cloud hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, colocation, domain names and much more. All our services are with world class quality and supported by a professional 24/7 technical support team, friendly attitude and competitive prices. 

  • IEC

    The main goal of Inter Expo Center's team has always been to develop the already acclaimed exhibitions and, at the same time, to realise ideas and concepts for new events, related to the priority field of development of the Bulgarian and world economy, giving them power for business. Inter Expo Center (IEC) – Sofia is hosting the biggest international and local congresses, trade exhibitions, as well as every significant event conducted in Sofia. Using appropriate visual transformations IEC builds vivid, contemporary and ever-changing portrait of the congress halls and creates the needed atmosphere for the participants and the audience. IEC-Sofia is a proud member of UFI-the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry и CEFA-the Central European Fair Alliance.

  • Hacker School BG

    Hacker School BG is a training environment free of any charge for talented, young people with motivation, who like challenges and seek them, and for all those who want to keep moving forward everyday. The team of Hacker School BG offers free of charge qualified education and training in the area of programming and new technologies. We, Hacker School BG, believe that people's capacities are limitless and we are ready to provide all of our knowledge and energy so that they can achieve their dreams. A leading role in Hacker School BG have our partners - high-tech companies ready to give the best students the opportunity to practice the gathered skills in real-life projects. Hacker School BG is a project of Telebid Pro. Telebid Pro is a software company providing expertise in the area of private cloud technologies and server solutions. Driven by technologies, innovations and creativity, the company has established a qualified team of 14 specialists with more than 10 years of experience in software design and development. The systems developed by Telebid Pro operate in more than 10 countries and continuously evolve in order to meet new opportunities and challenges.

PARTNERS

  • Bulsatcom

    Bulsatcom  is a Bulgarian  Technology Company investing in innovations and modern technologies. It is the largest pay TV provider in Bulgaria offering over 100 digital TV channels (incl. exclusive content) as well as internet  access.

  • IDG.BG

    IDG.BG is a media web site focused on the geeky, nerdy side of life. Created by tech & science enthusiasts, its content covers various science,tech, web and sci-fi topics and the business news and trends related to them. In IDG.BG, you can find all sorts of red-hot geeky and nerdy stuff, like what new exciting discoveries NASA and ESA have just made, what happens on Mars, which are the newest mobile technologies and why it is fun to have them, what are the coolest web trends right now, which great sci-fi movie you should watch, how amazingly high is the price paid for the most expensive comic book ever, etc. The site also offers an Apps section where you can find a catalogue of lot of different kinds of apps for various OSs. Note that the application grants access to the latest news in the web site. It offers easy navigation and an option for quick sharing on Facebook and Twitter.elta 3 Real Estate TM is designed to meet the demand of individuals and corporate clients in real estate. The main activity of the company is consulting and brokerage for buying and selling, renting and leasing of apartments, offices, garages, houses, land, buildings, retail space. For this purpose, Delta 3 Real Estate has a young and ambitious team of professionals with extensive experience in real estate. DELTA 3 seeks to protect the interests of its customers. We strive to take out the stress and make buying/selling/renting/leasing real estate in a pleasant and rewarding process. 
  • Burgas Free University

    Burgas Free University /BFU/ was established with an Act of The Great National Assembly on 18 September 1991, and is one of the first non-state universities in the country. The University is accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency and is certified under the International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008. BFU is a modern and innovative university, caring for its students and their professional realization, and which has significant academic achievements and an internationally recognized status. BFU is a member of the European Universities Association /EUA/. It has signed Agreements of Cooperation with 36 universities and organizations in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. It works under joint international projects with more than 100 universities and organizations. BFU is a partner of UNESCO under the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Prpgramme, and is a host institution of UNESCO Chair on Culture of Peace and Human Rights.

  • ABLE

    The Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE) is a vibrant community of enterprising young people who are united by a common goal to contribute to the growth of the community and society. The members of the organization are alumni of the Bulgarian Young Leaders Program (BYLP), organized by America for Bulgaria Foundation. ABLE has around 250 members coming from different educational and professional backgrounds such as entrepreneurship, economics, law, technologies, architecture and many others. ABLE`s mission is to develop active civil society, inspire leadership and promote entrepreneurial culture in Bulgaria. Learn more about ABLE and its projects:  http://ablebulgaria.org/en/ and https://www.facebook.com/ABLE.Bulgaria.

  • District "Studentski"

    District "Studentski" is one of the twenty-four regions of Sofia Municipality.It is situated in the southeast area of the capital. The name comes from “Studentski grad”(meaning Student city), which is part of itsterritory. According to the urban plan of Sofia Municipalitythere are five residential complexes in the region: j. k. "Mladost 1"; j. k. Darvenitza; j. k. "Studentski grad"; j.k. "Malinova Dolina" and "Vitosha" square. District "Studentski" is unique with the territory of “Studentski grad”, where six universities, one college and two subsidiaries areconcentrated, and nearly 30,000 students educate. District “Studentski”  has two municipal,one state and two private schools, six kindergartens, a nursery and a babykitchen and lots of sports facilities and sports centers. Since 2007 Mayor of District"Studentsiki" is Mr. Dimitar Dilchev. 
  • Space Challenges

    This is the biggest educational program in the field of space science and high-technologies in Bulgaria. The main idea is to create a stable and adequate space education at national level and foster innovative business solutions, led by young people. The initiative involves a range of leading experts from NASA, ESA, Caltech, MIT, Stuttgart University, French National Space Program, United Nations, Stanford University, University of Oxford and others. The goal is to develop creative solutions that would foster a strong connection between education and the economy. Our efforts are aimed at helping young people to acquire knowledge and skills and to apply those at creating innovative companies and organizations.

  • National Youth Forum - Bulgaria

    National Youth Forum - Bulgaria /NYF - BG/ is the biggest formal youth platform in Bulgaria, uniting 40 youth organizations representing through member organizations over 105 000 young people. The organization's mission is to represent the interests of young people in Bulgaria and their needs, putting forward the meaning and importance of youth organizations, their development and participation in social and socio-political processes and ensure effective structural dialogue through cooperation with relevant stakeholders institutions and decision-makers in the youth policy. 

  • Brain Workshop Institute

    Brain Workshop Institute is an organization, community and professional network of young seekers. We gather together to share professional and academic experience, to build contacts and friendships, to share expertise and know-how. The Institute is a nonprofit organization and it was created on 10.10.2010. Come check us out ... www.brain-workshop.org

  • Plovdiv Academy

    Plovdiv Academy е софтуерна академия създадена през Май 2015 и базирана в град Пловдив. Нашата основна цел е да участваме активно в разрастването на IT индустрията в града, като работим усилено за развитието на нейния най-важен актив – хората. Ежемесечно провеждаме курсове фокусирани върху популярни езици за програмиране и обучаваме хора с различно ниво на познания и опит.

  • "Bulgarian Science"

    "Bulgarian Science" is an online magazine published by "Bulgarian Science" Ltd. and "Science Forum" Association. Since launched in the winter of 2005/2006, it has developed at a fast pace by offering the visitors various and interesting new information, opportunity for self-expression and connection with people with the same interests. The magazine quickly became the largest and most dynamic scientific online community in Bulgaria. After the launch of  "Bulgarian Science", it managed to win the readers and enthusiasts to post their own material and to offer ideas for improving the magazine itself. The main idea behind the project is to be distributed for free on Internet and to provide the best possible, interesting and detailed information about science, making it available to as many online users as possible. The content of the magazine is full of popular science articles and current research papers and studies. The magazine is getting more and more popular among the young people.

PRESS

 

Information day for Space Apps Challenge 2015 - Bulgaria

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • WHEN?

    Over 48 hours on the 23-rd and 24-th of April 2016

  • WHERE?

    Sofia - Inter Expo Center, 147 Tsarigradsko shose blvd., 1784 (map)

    Burgas - High school of mechanics and electrotechnics, 69 Stefan Stambolov blvd., 639 (map)

    Plovdiv - Higher school of security and economics, 13 Kuklensko Shose blvd.,  (map)

    and virtually from any location in Bulgaria

  • WHEN CAN I REGISTER?

    Registration will be available at the beginning of March and will continue untill 24th of April. All individuals who are attending will need to register online on: http://spaceappschallenge.org/.

  • DO I NEED TO TAKE MY LAPTOP?

    Everyone can take his/her laptop. There will be some available, but may be not sufficient.

  • WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

    Everyone can participate - developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a passion and desire to have an immediate impact on the world. They are open to anyone who has a passion for making a difference and are focused on developing real solutions to global challenges.

  • HOW THE TEAMS  CAN BE FORMED?

    Each team can be formed by one or more participants. The international collaboration is highly encouraged.

  • HOW CAN I CONTACT WITH A TEAM FROM OTHER LOCATION IN THE WORLD?

    You can send an e-mail to the local lead from that location or send an e-mail to nasaspaceappschallenge.bg@gmail.com titled - COLLABORATION!

  • HOW MANY CHALLENGES CAN I WORK ON?

    The teams can work on one or more challenges.

  • HOW THE PROJECTS WILL BE SENT?

    Each one team will upload the projects through the main web site option using the username and password made at registration. This option will be available prior the event.

  • HOW THE PROJECTS WILL BE PRESENTED?

    The projects will be defended in front of the local judges. The teams can defend their idea with a presentation.