First, THANK YOU to everyone who participated and helped organize this event. A lot of work that paid off in a great hackathon day. We all had fun hosting the event and really enjoyed the final projects.
As part of the NASA contract, we need a ‘permanent’ online record of the event, so if you have not done so, please upload your submission (in whatever shareable way) to the Asteroid Hackathon ChallengePost site. Many thanks.
We realized a lot of people were taking pictures. We made a shared Google Drive folder. Upload your photos! Check out the rest.
Our new SETI partners are great. Super helpful crew. However, the space is a bit tighter than the prior scheduled venue. Prepare to work in somewhat tight quarters. Bringing extra internet hotspots wouldn’t be a bad idea either. We’ll have plenty of eats, drinks, and hack supplies to make it fun.
More idea fodder for you. Asterank was created by Ian Webster (one of our judges!). We don’t expect you to create something to this scale, but check it out, very cool. It was created on top of the Minor Planet Center data. Read more about it here: http://www.asterank.com/about
Still exploring inspiration? Check out the results of the Asteroid Design Jam we did in August as a practice run-up for this Asteroid Hackathon. It was ideas only (with data only as inspiration). Hitch a ride on an asteroid!
If you’ve had a chance to look, you’ll know that the asteroid dataset is not classic BIG DATA. Our challenge is more of doing something interesting and informative with the data that we do have (or don’t have! which is also part of our asteroid challenge). That’s partly why this is a DESIGN & development hackathon.
The SETI Institute has provided some supplemental data to play with. (We really like these guys!) The Minor Planet Center data is still the primary dataset, but more the merrier.
If you have any questions, please email us: email@example.com.
Also, we’re updating the Eventbrite details and this page with all of these updates.
A key link didn’t make yesterday’s email! Documentation, format, and meaning for the asteroid data can be seen here: http://minorplanetcenter.net/web_service. We will also be updating the Eventbrite.
Asteroids are a real threat, and a real opportunity. For those who haven’t see it, check out an interivew with two of our main sponsors (and judges!) in our blog post from August.
The SETI Institute, our new event venue, is working on providing even more data to sweeten the hackathon pot. We’re working out the details, but stay tuned for more updates this week.
As always, let us know if you’re still in search of a team for the hackathon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s here (SQL), here (CSV), and here (JSON). Web Service APIpage for explanations of what each parameter represents. We encourage you and your team to dive in and get to hacking! Design, development, storyboarding, etc. Whatever you’d like to go about building before next Saturday, October 25. All is fair game.
The hackathon will now be taking place at the SETI Institute(189 North Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043). All other event details remain the same.
We’ve setup a Reddit subreddit for the Asteroid Hackathon called/r/hack_space. It’ll primarily be for the community to talk with one another and post related links. We’ll jump in from time to time as we can to answer questions and update the sticky post. But it will be lightly moderated as we’re mostly focused on next weekend!
Hi all, a couple of announcements as the Asteroid Hackathon is fast approaching. Please read below. And see further below for full event details.
1) Please enter your team and all your teammates in the Asteroid EventBrite. We realize EventBrite isn’t the best at group signup. Try these steps below:
2) Friday Oct 24 reception happy hour in San Francisco. Enjoy drinks and appetizers, asteroid q&a as needed, and otherwise mentally prep for the next day’s Asteroid Hackathon. 6:00 – 8:30 PM, 115 Sansome St., Floor 7, San Francisco, CA 94104.
EchoUser, in partnership with SpaceGAMBIT, Maui Makers, the Minor Planet Center, NASA, the SETI Institute, and Further by Design, is hosting an Asteroid Hackathon. The event is in response to the NASA Grand Challenge, “focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.”
THE official asteroid data storage set is being provided by the Minor Planet Center.
Help engage astronomers, space nerds, and the general public. Make our planet safer by re-imagining asteroid data.
Teams will be 3 – 5 people. Each team must include at least one designer/user experience expert, one engineer/developer, and one citizen scientist; i.e., you like space : )
Friday, October 24 – EchoUser Office
Saturday, October 25 – SETI Institute
The Asteroid Hackathon is a part of NASA’s Grand Challenge – a program devoted to finding all asteroid threats before they enter earth’s atmosphere and determining what to do with them. FYI, the banner image at the top of this page is a real asteroid impacting Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013.
The hackathon is one of ten projects funded by SpaceGAMBIT, an international collaboration of space enthusiasts who exist to make space research and exploration available to all.
Registration for the Asteroid Hackathon includes:
Bay Area Science Fun:
Cancellations and participant changes: