Max Polyakov’s Association Noosphere hosted NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017
NASA Space Apps Challenge, the world’s space hackathon, took place in Ukraine for the second time. Since its inception in 2012, this year’s hackathon has become the largest one of its type, engaging 25,000 contestants around the world, compared to 15,000 in 2016. Students, technologists, designers, and engineers formed teams to build creative solutions to space-related challenges during the 48-hour sprint. On April 29–30, 2017, Dnipro became a first-time Space Apps host, thanks to Association Noosphere, founded by Max Polyakov.
In Ukraine, the company EOS became general partner for the hackathons held in Kiev, Dnipro, Kropyvnytskiy. This is in part because of what the company does, deep GIS analysis, that blends in with the challenge categories:
- NASA Earth Science data
- Hydrosphere and the cryosphere
- Monitoring natural disasters and phenomena
- Ecological systems
- Creative interpretation of NASA Earth Science data
Teams could improve their projects due to the relevant expertise of EOS specialists, who became the hackathon’s mentors. EOS was founded in 2016 by Max Polyakov, managing partner of Noosphere Ventures.
The Space Apps Dnipro venue buzzed with a flurry of activity. Among the participants were beginners and experts, newcomers and experienced hackathon veterans. All together they addressed challenges proposed by NASA. Finally, local judges went for 2 projects, whereas public voting deemed one of them a People’s Choice winning project.
Max Polyakov, founder of Noosphere and managing partner of Noosphere Ventures, appreciated that the Diversity Project, Dnipro People’s Choice nominee, which took the 8th place among favorite projects worldwide. Young engineers from Dnipro developed a concept of a terrestrial hub. Being a sub-orbital station prototype, this hub imitates real space conditions and serves as interactive playgrounds for kids and teenagers.
Max Polyakov is eager to awaken interest in space technologies particularly among youth and provide a favorable environment for them to share knowledge and network. Likewise, Space Apps Dnipro became a place, where space enthusiasts were offered an opportunity to master their skills
In fact, teams came up with workable solutions, valuable not just to NASA, but also the global community. Max Polyakov’s Association Noosphere is planning to host NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 in Dnipro. Thus, citizens and participants from neighboring cities will be able to join such international collaboration between universities, organizations, government agencies across the world.