Cyberjaya Hosts First NASA App Challenge


Cyberjaya played host for the first time ever to the Malaysian leg of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge it is one of the world’s biggest event for the development of innovative and space oriented ideas. Held over 48 hours in cities around the world at the same time including Malaysia, the two-day hackathon gathered over 100 of bright young scientific talents to collaboratively develop solutions that will contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

Over the course of the event, the participants used more than 200 datasets, services and tools from NASA to ‘hack’ their way through 26 challenges across six mission categories: Aeronautics, Earth, International Space Station, Space Technology, Journey to Mars, Solar System and Beyond. Anything built at the event will be free for any global space agency to access. 

“Even though the title might prompt you to think that the Space Apps Challenge is just about software applications, the competition is in fact much more than that – one of the big goals is to help the world out with some of the problems we are facing,” said Shozo Yamaguchi, Managing Director of UNLOCK DESIGN INTERNATIONAL, the organiser of the event.


Grand prize winner at the KL leg, created VAR Space Onboard, a virtual platform that simulates the experience of observing a rocket launch from a few miles away. And second place went to Team MarsLife  who developed a game to simulate Martian survival based on Facebook’s Chatbot.

Projects last year include an easy and user-friendly application designed to help farmers monitor their property, a mobile robot platform capable of extracting data from nearby objects using on-board sensors present in an Android smartphone as well as a crowd-sourcing platform that provides real-time updates on natural hazards and catastrophes occurring around the world.

Exploration Agency as well as a cash prize worth RM2,000.00.These winners will then be in the running to win an invitation to attend a space rocket launch at the Kennedy Space Center in the USA.

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