NASA is working with space agencies around the world to make the International Space Station more open for scientists and citizens as a platform to address challenges of global importance. The International Space Apps Challenge embraces open data, open source, and open technology to accelerate the creation of solutions. The application challenge is currently in a coordination phase to define the content, scope and timing, but the plan is to run the challenge in 2012.
The interactive website offers a means for interested parties to offer up problem statements that could form a focus for the challenge. With a focus on open data and solutions, it’s not surprising that most of the current problem statements revolve around earth observation. Among the current problem statements are:
- Satellite Imaging for City Planning and Population Density Studies
- Crowdsourcing Analysis Tool
- A public catalogue of worldwide Earth Science and Planetary Observations
You can become involved by submitting your own idea. NASA promises to update the website as details of the challenge come together.