Greensboro College Will Host NASA Space Apps Challenge April 22-24

"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro College will be a host location for the NASA International Space Apps Challenge in April for the second consecutive year.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. Fri., April 22, to 6 p.m. Sun., April 24, on campus. It is free and open to the public, although participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Participants may register online at or at the door.

The weekend will begin with a pre-party from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., April 22, in Lea Center in Main Building, with the Space Apps Hackathon running from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., April 23, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., April 24.

On Sunday afternoon, groups will upload their work for judging to determine which groups will go on to international judging. After that, participants will vote for their favorite project to receive the People's Choice award for Greensboro, which will also go on for the chance to get an international prize.

Projects are judged on impact, creativity, product, sustainability, and presentation.

A Kids' Space Apps session also will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., April 23.

In addition, registered participants who are interested in learning about working with data files may attend a Data Boot Camp from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, on campus. As with the challenge itself, the event is free and the public is invited.

Site leaders this year are Lisha Sterling and Carl R. Knapp of Geeks Without Bounds, a nonprofit accelerator of humanitarian projects, and Deirdre Sommerlad-Rogers, associate professor of sociology at Greensboro College.

The Space Apps Challenge brings together teams of teams of high-school and college students, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and developers at dozens of locations across the globe.

Participants collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges on Earth and in space.

Projects this year are sought in six categories: aeronautics, the International Space Station, the solar system, technology, Earth, and Journey to Mars.

The Space Apps Challenge is sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and a variety of government, corporate and nonprofit sponsors.

The project that arose from the 2015 challenge at Greensboro College, an educational software program called Stellar Visage, was among five projects from out of dozens submitted worldwide to be nominated for the challenge's People's Choice Award.

For more information about the challenge, visit or email Sommerlad-Rogers at

Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

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