The event was also live streamed on YouTube for 32 continuous hours and received a total of 464 playbacks from 30 different countries, totalling 153 hours of total view time.
There were eight teams working on projects at York, with 40 attendees in total. This included current students from the University of York, as well as other universities from around the country and even representation from IBM based with the Department of Computer Science at York.
Each project was judged by a panel of judges: Dr. Flavio Lerda (Google UK), Dr. Gary Morgan (ETAS) and Gav Winter (The Test People). Two teams were selected by the panel as winners for Space Apps York in two categories: Best Use of Data and Best Mission Concept. A third winner was selected for the People’s Choice award based on anonymous voting from those attending the event at York.
The team What’s next won in the Best Mission Concept category. The team was made up of: Andrew Wise (https://twitter.com/WiseAndy), Will Soutter (http://willsoutter.co.uk/), Fujia Di and Fanlu Hai (postgraduate students in the Department of Computer Science), George Baines (an undergraduate in the Department of Computer Science), and Aleksandra Borisova (a final year PhD student from the Department of Chemistry undertaking research in Green Chemistry).
Their winning project solved the Space Mission Roadmap Challenge, and explored the knowledge gained from past Mars missions and what could be learnt from the scheduled missions in attempt to create a "knowledge map", identifying any gaps in the data that could be addressed by future missions.
You can read more about this winning project at https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/project/whats-next/
What’s up were the winning team in both Best Use of Data and the People’s Choice categories. The team was made up of: Ben Ezard, Callum Hewitt, Raluca Morel and Arushi Aneja (all first year undergraduates in the Department of Computer Science); Vishnu Sunil (from York’s Environment Department); and Neel Rana (University of Liverpool).
"What's Up?" addressed the Alert-Alert! Challenge, and provides users with accurate data of night sky events in their area. Users can find out when the next events will be happening, with a brief description about each one. The events recorded include full and new moon phases, solar and lunar eclipses, conjunctions and meteor showers. The project site also includes educational resources including information on the Aurora Borealis, climate change, constellations and light pollution.
You can read more about this winning project at https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/project/whats-up/
The winning teams have submitted a 30-second video in order to be eligible for global judging by NASA and their partners. NASA will review all nominees to narrow the field to 25 global nominees and 25 People’s Choice nominees. These 50 finalists will be publicised on the Space Apps website, and each People’s Choice finalist will be given a hashtag so the public can vote for their favourite through Twitter. A senior panel from NASA will select a winner from the 25 global award finalists.
All UK winners will present their solutions at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 27th May 2014 at the Digital Futures. The Space Apps Challenge York organisers are considering funding travel expenses for up to one person from each team to present their solutions.
You can see the projects demonstrated at the event on the International Space Apps York YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbkgMEbyRMASjdm1bbvF1iw