NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2016 - Bulgaria

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

under the patronage of Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria

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

2016

Global winners from Bulgaria

Adept - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Use оf Hardware.

SpacePort Futuristic Development - Plovdiv is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Mission Concept.

Airify - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top twenty five in People`s Choice, and on the final round is the second in the globe. 

 

Local winners 2016

Projects that competed on the global round

Projects, which recived aditional prizes

 

More about the projects 2016 (here)

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

LIVE STREAM


Coming soon!

Sofia

Live channel 

Burgas

Live channel

Plovdiv 

Live channel

 CHALLENGES - CATEGORIES

THE CHALLENGES FEATURE THE TOPICS: 

Aeronautics, International Space Station, Solar System & Beyond, Technology, Earth and the Journey to Mars

https://2016.spaceappschallenge.org/

 


Aeronautics


Earth


International Space Station


Journey to Mars


Solar System and Beyond


Technology

JUDGING


 

  • Prof. DSc. Eng. Elena Shoikova

    Currently prof. DSc. Eng. Elena Shoikova is a professor at the State Uniwersity of Library Studies and Information Technologies. Until 2012 was a professor at the Technical University of Sofia. She is a holder of PhD and DSC degrees. She has significant post-qualification research experience (more than 35 years’ experience). Prof. E. Shoikova has wide experience in a leadership role in the Research Laboratory on E-learning Technologies and Standards at the Technical University – Sofia and research group at Virtech. Her scientific and teaching interests are in the following areas: interdisciplinary applied research and innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning, Cloud Computing; Open Educational Resources, Digital Repository, Knowledge Management; Social Computing Applications, SCORM, IMS learning Design, Competency-Based Education; Software Engineering, ECAD. Prof. Shoikova has been involved in more than 50 projects from FP, PHARE, TEMPUS, SOCRATES ERASMUS, LEONARDO DA VINCI, national and university programs. She features a demonstrated capability to exercise independence in research, as evidenced by senior authorship of publications and invited presentations at conferences(more than 240 research papers and books). Experience of successful supervision of PhD students and contributing to undergraduate project supervision and Masters dissertations on taught programmes.


  • Assoc.Prof. Dr.Doyno Petkov

    Deputy Director of the Institute for Space Research and Technology in BAS Member and Head of "International scientific cooperation programs" of BAS. He has also participated and managed many designs in the area of system analysis, design and computer applications (automation of scientific experiments) spectrometric measurements in remote sensing of the Earth and space, image processing and pattern recognition.


  • Dr. Anna-Marie Vilamovska

    Dr. Anna-Marie Vilamovska is the Secretary for Healthcare Policy Innovation and Policy to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, H.E. Rosen Plevneliev. In the fall of 2015, Anna-Marie was selected as one of the 2015 New Europe 100 outstanding individuals who are leading world-class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe by The Financial Times, The Visegrad Fund, Google and ResPublica. Anna-Marie co-chairs the Presidential Councils for Science and Education and for Social and Economic Development and represents Bulgaria at the EC Member States Board on Digital Entrepreneurship. She also manages the Presidents’ “John Atanasoff” Outstanding Young IT Scientists and Entrepreneurs Awards”, international in reach, and the “Bulgarian Christmas” Charity Initiative, the largest national philanthropic campaign. Anna-Marie is an Ambassador of Sofia Tech Park – the first science and technology park of its kind in the region – and a leader in the EC eSkills and Watify Digital Entrepreneurship Campaigns since 2014. A RAND Ph.D. alumna, from 2003 to 2005 Anna-Marie designed pension system in Central and South Asia, the Middle East, and Central Europe for IBRD and IDA in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2010, she co-led applied research projects at the RAND Corporation in Los Angeles and Brussels in the fields of health information technology, health and education economics.


  • Aleksandar Nestorov

    Aleksandar Nestorov is a graduate from the American University in Bulgaria with Business Administration and Information Systems degrees. He has worked for the Olympic Games London 2012, HP Bulgaria and Vivacom. Since 2013 he is Marketing Manager for SAP in Bulgaria, as well as Global events team lead in CEE.


  • Lozan Stefanov

    Lozan Stefanov has graduated from the Technical University - Sofia. He has accumulated an expert and a practical knowledge in various fields of activity such as energy, renewable energy sources, construction, business process outsourcing, introducing foreign investments in Bulgaria. As co-founder and CEO of Onboard PLC he has a leading role in the establishment and development of the structure and business processes in the company since it was founded in 2005.


  • Prof. Rumen Kakanakov

    Проф. Румен Каканаков е завършил Белоруски държавен университет, гр. Минск, Физически факултет на СУ «Климент Охридски», гр.София и е кандидат на физико-математическите науки. Проф. Румен Каканаков е зам. Директор на Централна лаборатория по приложна физика – Пловдив, БАН и ръководител група “Микроелектроника, оптоелектроника, сензори и технологии”. Той е координатор на Регионален академичен център – Пловдив и ръководител и на колективи за изпълнение на национални, международни и европейски проекти. Координатор на проекти по европейските рамкови програми.


  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Petko Ruskov

    Professor Dr. Eng. Petko Ruskov has a long and extensive practice as an entrepreneur, trainer and consultant in the field of computer engineering. His experience in the technological entrepreneurship field consists in teaching subjects such as "Technology Entrepreneurship" and other innovative courses at universities in Bulgaria. He works on issues and projects for research, development and commercialization of technology and supervisors PhD students. He consultants and mentors student teams to participate in national, European and world competitions for business plans and innovative companies, including Intel Challenge, BizBarcelona, JA-YE, NASA International Space Apps Challenge and etc. Dr. Ruskov is a member of BizBarcelona Global Nominating Committee, JA Bulgaria, SAI and other institutions. He participates in editorial boards and program committees of several national and international journals and conferences. He has published three books and over 120 publications in journals and conferences.


  • Asst. Prof. Ilin Savov

    He graduated the Bulgarian Police academy in 2007. In 2013 successfully defended dissertation: „Interaction and coordination between Specialized Department „field technical operations” and operating departments in Ministry of Interior and State Agency National Security in the implementation of special investigative techniques” and in 2015 acquires an academic title 'Associate Professor' in Higher School of Security and Economics, Bulgaria. He specializes in the implementation of special investigative techniques and security services. Asst. Prof. is author of several publications and reports related to the analysis of security services, human trafficking and the occurrence, status and development of the process of implementation and use of special investigative techniques. And the Monograph „Special Investigative Techniques”(2014). He is a lecturer in the Bulgarian Police academy and Head of Department „National Security and Public Order” in the Higher School of Security and Economics, Bulgaria.


  • Raycho Raychev

    Raycho Raychev is founder of Space Challenges Program – http://spaceedu.net . He graduated from the International Space University, University of Seville and Sofia University. Currently, he is coordinating the creation of cutting-edge aerospace projects.


  • Miroslav Gechev

    Miroslav is Business Development Manager at Telelink. He has a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications from the Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria, and Master's Degree in Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship from the Aalborg University, Denmark, and from the Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria. Miroslav is currently an MBA Candidate at Cotrugli Business School and a PhD Candidate at the Technical University – Sofia. He is in the core of Telelink's Innovative Healthcare team, whose main goal is to develop and provide innovative eHealth solutions with real and measurable value for hospitals and healthcare institutions.


  • Ph.D Nikola Ralev

    Anatoly Peshev has Master degree in Computer Systems and Technologies from Technical University – Sofia since 2010. In 2012 he successfully defends his PhD thesis in cloud computing and software as a service field. In the last 2 years he is actively teaching in SULSIT. Anatoly has over 10 years experience in developing, integrating and testing distributed and integrated solutions.

  • Ph.D Anatoly Peshev

    Nikola has many years of experience in various areas of software engineering ranging from mobile applications to SCADA systems for monitoring and control of industrial sites. As part of a team developing an innovative solution for distributed delivery of 'live online' video content, he wants to make HD streams available to everyone. 
    Nikola Ralev co-founded Setelis Labs llc., a Bulgarian company that provides software services and IT consulting.

  • Eng. Georgi Georgiev

    Head office Burgas TechnoLogica PLC, with over 8 years experience in design, development and implementation of information systems. NET, Web Forms, Windows Forms, WPF, WCF technologies, and Data Warehouse with Oracle RDBMS technology, APEX, Warehouse Builder, Data Integrator. Recently, with a particular focus on mobile platforms and hybrid solutions. Lecturer in various courses of Oracle, UML system analysis and management of requirements in the learning center TechnoLogica.


  • Prof. DrSc. Andon D. Lazarov

    Prof. DrSc Andon D. Lazarov works in the scope of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems designed for monitoring Earth surface, moving objects on it, in the air and Space. He is a member of editorial and reviewer boards of many international journals in USA, Canada, China, and Greece. He is a member of the IEEE-AES Society of USA, Trans Black Sea Region Union of Applied Electromagnetism of Greece, URSI committee – France, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, organizing committees of URSI – conferences, Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST) – Turkey, RADAR 2011- China. He has authored above 150 journal and conference papers and two books issued by InTech-Croatia and Wiley-England. For advancement in digital avionics he has been awarded with the David Lubkowski Award by IEEE and AIAA–USA.


  • Assoc. prof. Veselina G. Jecheva

    Veselina G. Jecheva received her master degree in Computer Science and Economics from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in 1995. She received her PhD degree in Computer Science, especially Information Security from the National Laboratory of Computer Virology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, in 2005. She is an Associated Professor at Burgas Free University, Faculty of Computer and Technical Sciences, Bulgaria. Her research interests include information security, e-commerce, programming, Web systems.


  • Ph.D. Kamen Kozarev

    Kamen Kozarev hоlds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Boston University, and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is also interested in informal, applied science education, and has been a member of the Space Challenges team for over two years. His research focuses on modeling and observing solar eruptions. He has worked on several NASA-funded projects. http://spaceedu.net


  • Eng. Sofronii Dimitrov

    Sofronii Dimitrov studied in The National High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences "Academician Lyubomir Chakalov" in 1991 with major in Mathematics. After that he studied in The St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia and graduated in 1999 with a Master’s degree. From 2000 to 2008 he worked in KIAD department (Ministry of Interior) as an expert. In March, 2008, he started working in EASY ASSET MANAGEMENT. First, he worked there as a Programmer, Project manager and a Manager of ‘Development and software’ department.  From July, 2010, he became an IT director.  At the moment he is a Managing Partner in consulting company called 11235 Ltd


  • Dr. Yordan Kalmukov

    Dr. Yordan Kalmukov receives his MSc in “Computer Systems and Technologies” at the University of Ruse in 2006. In 2014 he successfully defends a PhD thesis in the field of “Automated data processing and control systems”. In his thesis Yordan proposes a symmetric similarity measure between sets of concepts in a common taxonomy and a heuristic assignment algorithm that achieves accuracy of about 99% in comparison to the maximum-weighted matching algorithms but has better (quadratic) time complexity. Since 2012 Yordan works as an assistant professor at the University of Ruse, where he teaches students in web programming, information systems and computer vision. Since 2005 he is a secretary of the Programme Committee of CompSysTech – an international scientific conference, whose proceedings are published by ACM and indexed in Scopus. His research interests include information retrieval; data mining; databases and information systems; web applications and web services; cloud computing and distributed systems; image processing and computer vision; and others. Besides them Yordan has amateur interests in other areas of science and technology as well, including aviation and space. He has been awarded with several regional and national prizes. Among them: a “Golden sign” for his contribution to the Youth Innovation and Information Society, awarded by the Prime Minister of Bulgaria in 2007; “Student of the year” for Ruse district in 2006 and others.


  • Ginka Marinova

    Ginka Marinova is an assistant at the Technical University of Varna. With experience in various fields of engineering. Research and teaching interests in Multimedia Systems and Technologies, Graphic Design and Electronics. She has participated in 8 projects, 12 conferences at home and abroad, there are numerous scientific publications.


  • Ivaylo Trifonov

    Ivaylo Trifonov got his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology at University of Sofia in 2007. In 2013 he successfully defended Master of Business Administration thesis in University of National and World Economy. Ivaylo has 5 years expiriance in developing, testing and leading Nokia’s GIS projects in DATECS. For the last two years he is working as a Business Analyst in Mobiltel.


  • Alexander Chernaev

    Alexander graduated from the Technological school "Electronic systems" (TUES), affiliated with the Technical university of Sofia, in 2013. Earlier that year he became a laureate of the National Olympiad in Information Technology. He now works as a software specialist at Setelis Labs Ltd. and teaches "Programming in C" at ТUES..]

 

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

  •  
  • With the financial support of
    Ministry of education, youth and science
  • Ministry of education, youth and science

    Ministry of Education, Youth and Science support the Space Apps Challeneg 2015 - Bulgaria: http://www.mon.bg/?go=page&pageId=4&subpageId=1316

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    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.

  • Scale Focus AD (ScaleFocus)

    Scale Focus AD (ScaleFocus) is a leading Bulgarian software company, holding a number of national and international awards, with offices in four European cities – Sofia, London, Munich and Plovdiv. ScaleFocus has successfully delivered over 100 projects to customers in 18 countries, across Europe, North America and Asia. At the beginning of 2015 the company has built a team of over 250 specialists and continues the dynamic growth. The main customers of ScaleFocus are enterprises in the financial, insurance, communication, IT and logistic sectors.

  • Telelink

    Telelink is a leading System Integrator in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 2001 in Bulgaria, the company has now more than 500 employees across the region, with expertise in Network Infrastructure, System Integration, and Security & Automation. We have gained experience from major ICT projects in the region and partner with key telecoms in countries.
    Striving to always be on the edge of innovation, we have become a trusted provider of a wide range of solutions and services for network infrastructure (wireless networks, fiber optic networks, public infrastructure), system integration (corporate networking, telephony and collaboration, videoconferencing, data centers, information security, innovative healthcare), and security and automation (intelligent transportation systems, early warning systems, critical infrastructure security, integrated border security systems, smart buildings).

  • Reward Gateway

    Reward Gateway provides employee engagement technology to the world’s leading companies. Over 1,100 clients including American Express, Groupon, Yahoo!, IBM and McDonald’s use the company’s products to attract, engage and retain the best employees. The company’s products power employee communications, employee recognition, and employee benefits through a single employer-branded hub called SmartHub®

  • Lufthansa Technik Sofia (LTSF)

    Founded in the late summer of 2007 and opened in October 2008, Lufthansa Technik Sofia (LTSF) is a joint venture company between Lufthansa Technik AG (75,1%) and the Bulgarian Aviation Group (24,9%). The Bulgarian company specializes in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of narrowbody aircraft in the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 737 series (Classic and Next Generation). Lufthansa Technik Sofia is thus another base in the Lufthansa Technik Group to specialize in the overhaul of short-and medium-or aircraft in Europe, after Lufthansa Technik's maintenance center in Berlin, Lufthansa Technik Shannon in Ireland, Lufthansa Technik Malta and Lufthansa Technik Budapest.

  • SAP

    As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable approximately 304,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com

  • Megalan

    Megalan Ltd. is rapidly growing company working in various fields such as - copy shops Mania Print, Internet hall Mania, Advertising Studio Mania Design, Computer and IT services are just some of the directions in which we successfuly develop
  • MAKSOFT.bg

    Maksoft is a leading web design company in East Europe. We have created and maintain hundreds web sites with the unique Content Managment System. We have an alogrythms for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Online Reputation Managment (ORM). Maksoft is a wholesaler and importer of promotional pens, I-Pens, usb flash, lighters, keyholders, bags.  

  • EUROCOM

    Eurocom is a Bulgarian television channel with a national coverage. Eurocom is a private and an independent media that have launched a broadcasting since the 1996. The channel of Eurocom covers more than 6 million viewing audience in Bulgaria. Eurocom offers a thematic selection of various programs - news, talk show, series and sports

  • VMware

    VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware's industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2015 revenues of $6.6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
  • TechnoLogica Ltd.

    ТехноЛогика ЕАД, водеща българска софтуерна фирма, която от 1990 г. развива комплексна дейност в сферата на информационните технологии и която в рамките на своите обществено-отговорни дейности е реализирала различни проекти в помощ на образованието, обявява награда за предложения за бъдеща експозиция на Детски интерактивен център за наука и техника TechnoMagicLand.

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. 

  • Plovdiv Municipality

    Plovdiv Municipality

  • 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.

  • Delta 3

    Delta 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.

  • "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.

  • The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria

    The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria was established in 1991 as the first and only pro-Atlantic NGO formed on the territory of the then Warsaw Pact. ACB is now focusing its attention on the process of globalization over the next 20 years. ACB has recently launched a program to contribute to developing foundations for space law.ACB has hosted hundreds of speakers such as acting Heads of States and Governments and leaders of international organizations as well as Nobel Prize winners

  • U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

    The men and women of the United States Mission to Bulgaria are committed to strengthening the partnership between the United States and Bulgaria. Using the highest standards of professional excellence and personal integrity, we focus our efforts in three priority areas: Security: As NATO allies, we seek to enhance our mutual security as well as regional and international stability; Prosperity: As commercial partners, we work to increase bilateral trade and investment that promote stable growth in both economies; and Democracy: As democratic societies, we cooperate to expand good governance and strengthen the rule of law within Bulgaria.

  • The Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology (BCWT)

    The Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology (BCWT) brings together stakeholders from the business, the government, the academia and the non-governmental sector, involving them in the process of supporting the increase of women's leadership and professional participation in the ICT sector, entrepreneurship, as well as the female share in the development of technologic and engineering products. The Centre cooperates in the implementation of regional innovation projects and stimulates research collaboration, exchange of best practices and creation of new resources in ICT. BCWT is a National Point of Contact of the European Centre for Women and Technology.

  • The Summer Work & Travel Alumni

    Founded in 2015, its mission is to create and support a long lasting community of alumni students nationwide, by giving opportunities for dynamic interaction and sharing of experiences. We aim at establishing a strong relationship with all interested parties in order to raise awareness of future possibilities and encourage participation and volunteering among the youth. Our ultimate goal is to build a sustainable network between SWT alumni and future SWT students where friendship, business and all aspects of life would be shared. Apart from its opening on November 4th, SWaT hosted public lecture of Sam Vaghar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Millenim Campus Network (5.11.2015) and launched Entrepreneurship Academy for SWT Alumni, with the support of U.S. Embassy to Bulgaria.

  • National Digital Coalition

    National Digital Coalition is part of the European initiation Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. The initiation underpins substantial shortcomings of professionals who are working in the sector of information and communication technologies of the European Union. This on the other hand impedes possibilities for further economic growth.
    Top priority for NDC is to attract more people towards new technologies, to achieve and deliver effective digital potential and to help the development of the ICT sector in Bulgaria. NDC bonds the effort of business, universities and the government in Bulgaria in order to achieve the priorities, written in the Digital Program of Europe.
    Priorities of NDC: To break Bulgarian’s stereotypes towards technologies, programing and innovation. A larger pool of people in Bulgaria to acquire basic digital capabilities. Recruit more women in the ICT sector. Supporting children from earliest possible stage of their childhood towards creative digital education.

  • HackBulgaria

    HackBulgaria is hacker school which provides the necessary theoretical and practical training to start working. The model of teaching and learning builds on flipped classroom. HackBulgaria philosophy is to provide an informal and friendly atmosphere, good and engaging teachers and a large dose of humor during lessons.
    Team is the organizer of the series hackathons - HackFMI and one of the largest IT conferences in Bulgaria - HackConf.

  • Technical University - Sofia

    TU-Sofia is the largest technical university in Bulgaria offering highly qualified trainers, engineers and technical staff, with modern laboratory facilities. More than 65 years TU-Sofia educates specialists in the field of engineering. For this period, over 100 000 engineers have graduated - bachelor degree in 26 specialties, master degree in 35 specialties, PhD degree in 110 specialties.The TU-Sofia has close working relationships with more than 50 universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. The University is a member of prestigious European and world organisations and participates in various projects under EU, UNESCO and NATO programmes. TU-Sofia is among the leading technical universities in Europe.

  • BBC Knowledge

    BBC Znanie is a source of intelligible and interesting facts about the world around us. The interesting and comprehensible articles as well as the rich palette of photographs make the magazine attractive to both children and their parents. Not only BBC Znanie provides answers to many questions, but it also provokes new ones.  

  • "I, Engineer"

    “I, Engineer” is the first common initiative of Inter Expo Center – Sofia and “Dreams in action” Foundation. The aim of the Youth Career Forum "I Engineer" is to bring together leading technology companies on the Bulgarian market, and meet them with young professionals, students and high school students across the country. The organizers want to show them that SCIENCE and INNOVATION are happening in our country, and opportunities for professional development in Bulgaria are many.

  • Software University

    Software University was founded with the sole intention to provide quality software education to young people in Bulgaria. Software University is a place where we listen to both the needs of software industry and people’s interests - preparing our students to work on real projects in the real world.
    Our mission ahead of us is to discover, train and build talented software engineers, with high level of practical knowledge, supporting the development of the software industry.

  • Telerik, a Progress company

    Telerik, a Progress company, was founded in Bulgaria in 2002 by Svetozar Georgiev, Vassil Terziev, Boyko Iaramov and Hristo Kosev. In just 13 years, the company has built a community of more than 1.7 million developers. More than 130,000 customers from 100,000 organizations in 94 countries depend on Telerik products, including more than 450 of the Fortune 500®, academic institutions, governments and non-profits.

    At the end of 2014, the company was acquired by the global software corporation, Progress, in one of the biggest software deals in Southeast Europe. After the acquisition, „Telerik“ became „Telerik, a Progress company“ and its founders joined the Progress leadership team.

    Telerik, a Progress company, has won more than 300 industry and business awards and has been named “Best Employer” in Bulgaria for six consecutive years since 2007. The company organizes and entirely sponsors the leading free educational initiative, Telerik Academy. More than 9,000 students have been trained onsite at Telerik Academy in the past seven years and more than 30,000 people have used its online resources for self-education.

  • Onboard CRM

    OnboardCRM is a certified partner of Salesforce.com and provides Salesforce implementation, training and support services. With 15 years of consultancy, analysis and operational experience across industries - high tech, retail, pharmaceuticals, non-profits - Onboard delivers professional services and continuous support to successfully start and finish your CRM project: CRM Consultancy & Salesforce Implementation; Sales Cloud User Training; Salesforce Admin Support; Database Services; Marketing Operations; Business Intelligence.

  • Center for Creative Training

    Център за творческо обучение провежда образователни програми за деца, учители, както и редица други дейности. Фокусът на организацията е в балансираното и всеобхватно развитие на личността чрез интензивни програми за творческо обучение. Центърът сътрудничи успешно с редица училища, детски градини, също така и с общини и Регионални инспекторати по образование. От началото на 2014 г. Центърът развива своя проект и запазена марка „Креативна Класна Стая“, като подкрепя и насърчава учебни заведения от цялата страна да внедряват ефективно технологии за преподаване и администрация. Центърът за творческо обучение, също така, е единствен координатор за българия на "Space CampTurkey" в гр.Измир,. Космическият център годишно приема 100 българчета, някои от които участващи със стипендии. 

  • РИСК

    RISK is a non-profit organization that focuses on developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Plovdiv and Bulgaria. The team organizes various lectures and discussions with prominent entrepreneurs from around the world. Among such events are Startup Weekend Plovdiv, Sistory lectures, European Researchers' Night Plovdiv and Startup Europe Week Plovdiv.

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.