NASA International Space Apps Challenge, the largest global hackathon on Earth is underway. This year marks the tenth edition of the international challenge, the theme for which is “The Power of Ten”. The Space Apps initiatives are managed by NASA’s Earth Science Division.

Space Apps inspires local communities to come together and think creatively where a panel of experts selects the winning teams. Space agency partners will provide subject matter experts to judge project submissions and promote the event in their countries and regions.

According to NASA, this theme was chosen to commemorate ten remarkable years of community, collaboration and solving by forming a power-team of ten international space agencies who will work together to make Space Apps accessible to more communities worldwide.

NASA welcomes the Australian Space Agency, Brazilian Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency, European Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, National Space Activities Commission of Argentina, National Space Science Agency of Bahrain, Paraguayan Space Agency, and South African National Space Agency to the Space Apps 2021 family.

Space Apps will feature four new and more inclusive award categories this year, for a grand total of ten Global Awards. Like every year, Space Apps winning teams will be invited to view a rocket launch as NASA’s guests. They also will have an opportunity to provide open data, interact with participants over hackathon weekend, record video tutorials, and help coordinate local events.

NASA further revealed that the 10th anniversary of Space Apps will serve as a rallying point to amplify and expand upon the efforts of previous Space Apps Challenges as we build for a more connected and engaged community, year-round.

“This year we will also celebrate a decade of collaboration, innovation, discovery, and community-led solution creation. Amplifying community stories will be at the forefront while we highlight 10 years of leaders and achievements,” says NASA on its space apps challenge webpage.

Netizens from across the globe who participated or witnessed geniuses at work during the NASA hackathon, shared their experiences and congratulated teams on Twitter.

Also read: NASA: Apple users can now experience ‘the next gen telescope’

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