NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2017 - Bulgaria

will take place over 48 hours on the 29th and 30th of April 2017

NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2017


Bulgaria will take part for the fifth year in NASA Intentional Space Apps Challenge. This is an event for mass collaboration, which is organised for the sixth 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. 

 

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 2017

 

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://2017.spaceappschallenge.org/

NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2017

 

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?


29 and 30 April 2017

The registration will be open in March 

and will continue until 29-th of April

Register on: 

https://2017.spaceappschallenge.org/

WHERE?


Software University - Sofia

Burgas Free University - Burgas

Higher School of Security and Economics - Plovdiv

University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" - Ruse

and virtually from any location in Bulgaria

PROGRAM and RULES


Coming soon!

Program
Submitting a solution Rules

LIVE STREAM


Coming soon!

 

Live channel

 CHALLENGES - CATEGORIES

WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT:
https://2017.spaceappschallenge.org

 

JUDGING


WHO WE ARE

The event Space Apps Challenge 2017 - Bulgaria is organised through collaboration and partnership among science community, universities representatives, business organisations, NGOs and students volunteers.

 

HOST ORGANISATION - SOFIA

 

 

   

Software University | Sofia

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.


 

 HOST ORGANISATION - BURGAS

 

 

       

Burgas Free University | Burgas

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.


 

 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

 


 

 HOST ORGANISATION - RUSE

 

 

       

The University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev"  | Ruse

University of Ruse is an educational and research centre, training specialists in a wide range of engineering, economic, managerial and humanitarian degree programmes and conducting fundamental and applied research. The curricula and syllabi developed in cooperation with foreign universities and business partners provide the graduates with broad career prospects in Bulgaria and abroad. Today, over 9 000 students, 150 PhD students and 1400 post-doctoral students are studying at the University of Ruse, whose structure comprises eight faculties (four engineering and four humanitarian) and two Branches in the towns of Razgrad and Silistra. The faculties are: Agrarian and Industrial; Mechanical Engineering ND Technology; Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Transport, Business and Management, Natural Sciences and Education; Law; Public Health and Healthcare. The University of Ruse has a solid presence in the European educational space and has established a wide network of partnerships in the field of education and research with prestigious universities in Europe, the USA, Japan, Russia and many others. It is a member of respected international organisations such as the European Universities Association, the Danube Rectors' Conference, etc. The numerous projects with European funding, implemented by the University, provide excellent opportunities for mobi9lity and qualification for students and lecturers. In 2012, the University of Ruse was granted its third institutional accreditation by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency of 9,28 on a 10-graded scale. This makes it one of the leading higher education institutions in the country.

SPONSORS

  •  

    Information Services JSC

    Information Services JSC is among the leaders in the Bulgarian ICT sector in the field of system integration of information services in the central and local administration, the development, implementation and maintenance of new technological solutions.
    The company is the first governmentally approved provider of qualified certification services in Bulgaria.

    Our vision:
    To be the unified system integrator of the government

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

CO-ORGANISERS PARTNERS


  • 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.

  • 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.

SPECIAL PARTNERS

  • 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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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. 
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Хакафе

    Хакафе е хакерспейс, ръководен от общността, където хора с общи интереси свързани със софтуер, хардуер, технологии, наука, дизайн и изкуство могат да се срещат, общуват, сътрудничат и да се забавляват.
    Обучение
    Хакафе служи като център за взаимно обучение и обмен на знания под формата на работилници, презентации и лекции.
    Събития
    Хакафе е домакин на редовни събития и срещи по различни теми и предоставя условия на своите членове за организиране на събитя, курсове и хакатони.
    Хоби
    Хакафе предоставя място за практикуване на високо-технологични хобита като запояване на платки, чоплене на софтуерни бъгове и понякога невероятни открития.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • "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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • WHEN?

    Over 48 hours on the 29-rd and 30-th of April 2017

  • WHERE?

    Software University - Sofia

    Burgas Free University - Burgas

    Higher School of Security and Economics - Plovdiv

    University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" - Ruse

    and virtually from any location in Bulgaria

  • WHEN CAN I REGISTER?

    Registration will be available at the beginning of March and will continue untill 29th of April. All individuals who are attending will need to register online on: http://2017.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, it is recommended up to five members. 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.