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Challenge NASA Challenge: Build an App to Utilize OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data
NASA Challenge: Build an App to Utilize OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 377
Posted: Aug 22 2014
Challenge ID: 9933585
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NASA is seeking applications that utilize the Climate and Earth Science data recently made available on the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX) platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in new and creative ways.  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 Challenge has a special award structure with awards of $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively.  In addition, NASA plans to announce winning Solvers and submissions at the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco December 15 – 19, 2014. 

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and delivery of an application that accomplishes the Challenge objectives.


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 data, data on vegetation conditions, climate observations and climate projections.  This Challenge focuses on building an application using themes based on the best topics from the first Ideation Challenge, combined with any new ideas you may have and a clever implementation. 

The submission to the Challenge should include the following: 

  1. A detailed description of the proposed Solution, addressing the specific Solution Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.  This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by scientific or engineering literature or patent precedents.
  2. All supporting materials that convey the construction of the demonstration application. Relevant materials should include source code, description of OpenNEX data sets and tools used, system architecture diagrams, description of the core AWS services used, noting any AWS SDK’s or other open source toolsets. Solvers presenting mobile-based solutions should consider submitting materials that enable the seekers to run the demonstration application in one of the open source device simulators. Solvers presenting core data analytics or other applications should consider providing a publicly accessible Amazon Machine Image (AMI), or AWS services configurations and initialization scripts so the evaluators can reproduce or run the demonstration application on the AWS platform. 

The award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions

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