Winners of 2014 Kennedy Space Center Space Apps Challenges!

We had 95 great projects for the three challenges that Kennedy Space Center (KSC) developed for the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge. We appreciate all the time and effort that each of the participants put into developing their projects and then sharing them with us.

The KSC challenge participants came from 31 countries (every continent except Antarctica) and 80% of the participants were outside the USA. More than half of the KSC challenge projects developed videos!

Our challenge developers each assembled a panel with fellow subject matter experts and evaluated all projects that submitted videos to their project. We are proud to announce the winners for each challenge.

Growing Food for a Martian Table

Space Wearables: Fashion Designer to Astronauts

Asteroid Prospector

Please be sure to congratulate the winning teams; they will be invited to Kennedy Space Center for a future launch viewing opportunity. Thought there is no prize associated with honorable mention, the judges wanted to acknowledge additional outstanding projects.

Select the challenge links above to visit a page with all projects submitted for that challenge, with links to project pages, videos, demonstrations, presentations, location  and project description. The challenge pages also include links to YouTube Playlists and descriptions of the challenges.

Monday: KSC Space Apps Winners Announcement!

Check back here Monday, June 30 for announcement of winners of the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Space Apps Challenges!

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Space Apps on NASA’s Open Gov blog!  Hear from the NASA team behind Space Apps about the inspiring results of the event worldwide.  See the blog post here.  

#SpaceApps #KSC was featured in this blog post!

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Space Apps on NASA’s Open Gov blog!  Hear from the NASA team behind Space Apps about the inspiring results of the event worldwide.  See the blog post here.  

#SpaceApps #KSC was featured in this blog post!

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Space Apps in the News: NASA looks for solutions through Space Apps Challenge 
TrepHub in Melbourne Florida is joining Space Apps this year to help NASA solve challenging dilemmas. 

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Space Apps in the News: NASA looks for solutions through Space Apps Challenge 

TrepHub in Melbourne Florida is joining Space Apps this year to help NASA solve challenging dilemmas. 

Media Coverage of Space Apps KSC for 2014

This post includes any mentions of the 2014 Space Apps Challenge for Kennedy Space Center. It will be updated as more stories become available.

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

NASA.gov

Sources other than NASA (includes local Brevard County Space Apps)

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Official Social Media Posts (April 12-13)

Space Apps KSC Day 2

Day 2 started quietly as teams focused on finishing their solutions to the space wearables challenge. 

Team ARMS (Astronaut Resource Managing System) focused their efforts on getting the details right in their code. 

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Team SpaceWear started building the prototype of their space helmet using pieces from a cardboard box. 

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Former Astronaut and current KSC Center Director stopped by during our lunch break to meet with our teams and grab a bite to eat!

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As we approached the deadline for presentations the room got noisier as the teams rushed to get their projects finished. 

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At 2:30pm the teams started presenting their final projects to the panel of judges. The first team up was the ARMS project. They presented their project and showed their wearable prototype working on a Windows laptop, an Android Tablet, and an Android Phone. 

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The ARMS was followed by the SpaceWear project which had a working prototype of their project built using a cardboard helmet connected to electronic components. The team asked members of the audience to text the prototype helmet and the helmet was able to display the text messages sent to it. The team also discussed the fact that this system could easily be extended to add additional capabilities and remain fairly inexpensive. 

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The teams also mentioned the fact that since both teams worked on a space wearable they originally planned to collaborate but due to time constraints they were unable to. 

After the presentations the judges and the audience had a hard time deciding which project deserved the top prizes (Location Winner and People’s Choice Award). 

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Everyone got a participation award…

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The People’s Choice Award winner was determined by popular vote and the winner of that category was ARMS!

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One of the judges discussed the pros and cons of both projects and tips for improvement…

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…and the location winner was…

SpaceWear!

Vote for Space Apps KSC People's Choice! Project Presentations - Google+

You can vote for the #KSC location’s Space Apps Challenge People’s Choice project! Watch the two presentations on our Google+ Hangout on Air, scheduled to start at 2:30pm EDT/18:30 GMT and go for about 30-45 minutes. Then 15 minutes after the presentations, we’ll check the Google+ event page for votes (#ARMS & #SpaceWear) and count them towards the People’s Choice.