Somerville NASA Hackathon Works To Address Problems On Earth, In Space


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NASA Space Satellite

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A hackathon was held in Somerville over the weekend, where participants gathered data from NASA satellites.

The event is part of the NASA International Space Apps Challenge, as events are being held across the globe.

In the 48-hour challenge, participants “use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space,” according to their website.

The nonprofit Binnovative organized the event in Somerville, which was held at Brooklyn Boulders rock climbing gym.

“All a Hackathon is is a meeting of the mind,” Binnovative’s Gerald LaMountain said.

Binnovative works to connects people in the U.S. and Japan, and “addresses social issues related to entrepreneurship and multicultural understanding in Japan and Boston” through events, according to their website.

Participants received data from NASA satellites and other equipment and collaborate on analyzing it, with the goal to work on issues like climate change and changes in the atmosphere.

WBZ NewsRadio's Jim's MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports

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