Huntsville takes Mainstage in NASA International Space Apps Challenge, 2 teams advance to global competition

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Updated October 22, 2018) – Innovation is the name of the game in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge, a global hackathon that occurs in hundreds of cities around the world. It’s a good thing we know just what that means in The Rocket City!

We congratulate the winners of the 2018 Space Apps Huntsville competition, held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Oct. 19-21.  Two of these teams will advance to the global competition later this year.

See the Grand Finale!

 High School Winners:

1st Place: PhD (Girl Scout Team from Huntsville, AL) – “Don’t Forget the Can Opener” – $3K – Advances to global competition
2nd Place: Frosted Snakes (from New Century Technology School in Huntsville, AL) – “Find My Cryosphere” – $1K

College/Professional Winners:

1st Place – K2-18 – “On The Shoulders of Giants” (Lojix Team, from Huntsville, AL) – $3K – Advances to global competition
2nd Place – Pyro Pandas – “Spot That Fire” (Intuitive Research Team, from Huntsville, AL) – $1K

Merit Awards:

Lean Forward Fail Smart – $500
Winner:  The Lit-uation
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/iIjcVqpKAGM

Best Teamwork Award – $500
Winner:   Envision
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/rjvB0RD4ZX

Best Use of Creativity – $500
Winner: Nebula
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/A4feA2xHuvY

Champions of Innovation – $500
Winner:  Health Shine

About the Competition

Urban Engine hosted the 2018 event, and the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber was a presenting sponsor in order to debut our new website to help with career exploration, Asmartplace.com.

“The brand new Asmartplace.com is the Chamber’s workforce development and recruitment initiative, focused on connecting students with a smart career and attracting smart people from around the world to be part of our dynamic and growing workforce,” said Georgina Chapman, Workforce Director at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. “We knew the NASA Space Apps Challenge would reach the most talented and motivated coders, creators and problem solvers in the world, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach them directly.”

Recently, the Chamber re-launched Asmartplace.com and created the A Smart Place: JOBS app to expand far beyond its existing Career Search Portal. The new site and app are comprehensive approaches for all age groups, from students and teachers to those looking for job opportunities and career advancement. Search ‘a smart place’ on iTunes or Google Play to download the free app.