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Second Nasa Space Apps hackathon in Bangladesh announced

Update : 22 Feb 2016, 06:47 PM

For the second consecutive year, world’s largest hackathon Nasa Space Apps Challenge 2016 organised by USA’s space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) is coming to Bangladesh.

Along with over a hundred cities around the world, the competition is going to be held on April 22-24 in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. The winners will get the opportunity to participate in the final.

Like last year, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) is hosting the event.

BASIS President Shameem Ahsan announced this year’s hackathon at a press conference held its office in the capital yesterday.

He said: “We hope to get solutions to global challenges involving information technology and science though this challenge.

“It will open the door to employment and engagement in Nasa and other international agencies for Bangladeshis. Someday technologies invented by Bangladeshis will be used on the Mars, moon and in space.”

Ariful Hasan Opu, BASIS director and convener of the Nasa Space Apps Challenge 2016, said this year boot camps will be organised on a large scale in three divisions and six teams – two teams from each – will be selected to compete in the final challenge at Nasa.

To spread this competition countrywide BASIS Students’ Forum will organise seminars in 100 universities of 64 districts. The participants will be guided by the leading mentors of the country.

This year participants will design solutions to mission-related challenges broken into six categories: Aeronautics, International Space Station, Solar System and Beyond, Technology, Earth, and Journey to Mars.

The participants will be able to take part in this challenge by registering alone or as a team at http://studentsforum.basis.org.bd/ before March 20. Details about the competition can be found at http://spaceappschallenge.org.

The competition will be supported by BASIS Students’ Forum and CloudCamp Bangladesh, and sponsored by Pbazaar.com and Bagdoom.com. Academic partners are Rajshahi University, Independent University of Bangladesh, and Chittagong Independent University. 

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