NASA searched for the most imaginative applications to aid sustainable development

2017-09-01 13:05

The goal of the NASA Europa Challenge was to harness satellite data to promote sustainable development on Earth with the help of the NASA World Wind platform and open satellite data. The application competition was being held in Finland for the first time. For the final, the judges selected eleven teams whose applications finalists predict wildfires, enable people with allergies to analyse pollen dispersion, and help users to find areas to pick blueberries in.

Visualisers of the effects of climate change and weather information winners of the NASA Europa Challenge competition

AgroSphere developed by an American team and World Weather developed by a Jordanian-Finnish team were chosen as winners.

This year the NASA Europa Challenge aims at developing living conditions in metropolitan areas. Picking Finland as a venue for the competition was a suitable choice. The space boom has given rise to numerous start-ups in our country, and the European Space Agency ESA has chosen Finland as the new home of its space accelerator.

“Having the space accelerator in Espoo strengthens the innovation ecosystem in the Helsinki Metropolitan area. This is a great chance to the area and to whole Finland to build the space cluster together”, says Tuula Antola, Director of Economic Development in the City of Espoo.

NASA Europa Challenge indicates that Espoo and the metropolitan area have gained international attention when it comes to the potential of the space cluster. Along with NASA Europa Challenge and the space accelerator the research and development done in Aalto University is finally realizing into business.

The winner of the competition was announced on 31 August at an event at the Nokia Executive Learning Center (Espoo).