Lixar Halifax Joins Forces with NASA at the International Space Apps Challenge

Geoff Aucoin Community

This weekend, Lixar is setting its sights on space – the final frontier. More specifically, Lixar team members will be assisting in some out-of-this-world problem solving at the NASA International Space Apps Challenge at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Lixar is collaborating with Dalhousie to send some of our best to act as judges, mentors, and participants – joining some of the brightest coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders and technologists around. 

Now in its eighth year, Space Apps is an international hackathon where teams engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Each team has 48 hours to review the data, come up with a creative idea, and transform that data into something stellar.

With 18,000 participants across 200 countries, each iteration sees no shortage of fascinating applications of NASA’s dataset. Past challenges have featured everything from immersive VR simulations allowing users to explore the moon to an algorithm that converts satellite imagery to music – so we’re incredibly excited to see what this years participants bring to the table.

“We’ve always had a keen interest in Space at Lixar’s east coast office, even going as far as launching our own weather balloon in previous years. So, I’m really looking forward to being part of this event and seeing what the teams can do with some exciting and novel data sets from NASA and the CSA.” – Richard Townsend, Lixar Space Apps Judge

Lixar is proud to lend expertise to the NASA incubator innovation program, and support burgeoning east coast talent. This weekend’s event is the first ever in Atlantic Canada and we can’t wait to see that maritime can-do spirit in action. Our mantra is to create, innovate, and inspire – and there’s no doubt the participants will exemplify all three.