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Challenge NASA Challenge:  New Ways to Use, Visualize, and Analyze OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data
NASA Challenge:  New Ways to Use, Visualize, and Analyze OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 457
Posted: Jul 01 2014
Challenge ID: 9933584
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This Challenge has closed but be sure to enter NASA OpenNEX Challenge 2!  Now Open!.

NASA is seeking creative new ways to utilize the Climate and Earth Science data recently made available on the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX) platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS).  This Challenge is being run in conjunction with the 2014 NEX Virtual workshop to engage and enable individuals and groups to provide new contributions and insight to address global climate change. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.



NASA recently made available to the public a large collection of Climate and Earth Sciences satellite data and is seeking new and creative ways to utilize this data to address initiatives in the President’s Climate Action Plan.  The data, available through the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX) platform hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), consists of large amounts of global land surface imaging, vegetation conditions, climate observations and climate projections.  This Challenge focuses on gathering new and creative ideas for how to use, visualize, analyze or otherwise utilize the datasets and seeks input from climate experts, hobbyists, citizen scientists and all others with ideas for how to use the data to address items in the President’s plan.  Don’t worry if you can’t put your ideas into action, as the results and submissions from this Challenge will form the input for a second Challenge, which will focus on building the tools and apps suggested and conceptualized in this Challenge.  Both Challenges are being run in conjunction with the 2014 NEX Virtual workshop wherein participants can watch lectures from leading climate experts and learn basic access and use of the available datasets. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.
  • Submissions to this Challenge will be used as input ideas to the second OpenNEX Challenge wherein Solvers will implement the best ideas in the form of tools to be used by climate scientists, citizen scientists, and the interested public at large. 
  • Winners of this Challenge will be announced in a NASA press release

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on 31-Jul-2014.  Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will organize a panel of judges from climate research, application, and technical communities to complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.


What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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