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Space apps COVID-19 challenge

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A global virtual hackathon focused on using Earth observation data to tackle COVID-19 challenges is taking place later this month. Led by NASA, the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, it is open to ‘coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists’ worldwide.

“There’s a tremendous need for our collective ingenuity right now,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “I can’t imagine a more worthy focus than COVID-19 on which to direct the energy and enthusiasm from around the world with the Space Apps Challenge that always generates such amazing solutions.”

The Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge will run for 48 hours on 30 and 31 May, with virtual teams tasked with developing solutions to a range of challenges relating to the pandemic. Registration opens next week. Find out more.

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