TrepHub To Host Brevard Global NASA Hackathon
By Space Coast Daily // April 11, 2014
TrepHub hosts Space Apps Challenge 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: Springing up at more than 100 locations, NASA’s 2014 maker/hacker event attracts creative tech-heads from all walks of life. It’s a party, a design-build session, and a community outreach to bring new original thinking to space challenges.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — TrepHub, a downtown Melbourne technology startup incubator, will be an International Space Apps Challenge 2014 host location April 12-13.
The two-day hackathon enables teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe to collaborate and compete to create innovative solutions to NASA defined challenges.
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) is a proud sponsor of the TrepHub hosted event, along with the Bisk College of Business at Florida Institute of Technology, CareerSource Brevard, Micro Aerospace Solutions, LaunchPad 40 and Alidyne.
KSC WILL SERVE AS HOST SITE
International Space Apps Challenge 2014 will take place at TrepHub, 907 E. Strawbridge Ave., Suite 102 Melbourne, Fla. on Saturday, April 12, 7 a.m. – Sunday, April 13, 7 p.m. Locally, the Kennedy Space Center will also serve as a host site location for the competition.
The International Space Apps Challenge, led by NASA in partnership with over 100 host site organizations, including TrepHub, is a global space exploration focused competition taking place over 48-hours in cities worldwide.
The event encourages joint problem solving with a goal of producing open-source solutions focused on five NASA mission areas: Earth Watch, Technology in Space, Human Spaceflight, Robotics and Asteroids.
The event boasts a global presence as the exploration of space is an international effort. Collaboration across geographical boundaries is designed to harness diverse expertise when tackling the over 40 NASA defined challenge areas of the competition.
First and second place winners will be selected by a panel of local judges. Winners will advance to a global competition.
“This exciting event helps further define the Space Coast as a place of innovation. It gives local innovators an opportunity to tap into many NASA technologies that have helped shape our community, and to create value as they solve real-world global challenges,” said Dr. Abram Walton, Chairman of the EDC’s Innovation Council and Associate Professor, Management and Innovation at Florida Tech.
Ahmed Reza, Co-Founder of TrepHub, the downtown Melbourne technology startup incubator, which has been working closely with NASA to coordinate local participation in the international challenge, said, “Hosting the event in Melbourne is a great way to show off the local talent that the Space Coast boasts by giving us the opportunity to highlight our innovative community on a global platform. In the Space Coast we love working on ideas that are outta this world!”