NASA names International Space Apps Challenge winners

NASA announced the winners of its International Space Apps Challenge last week at a reception held by Innovation Endeavors and Talent House in Palo Alto, Calif.

The winners are:

Most Inspiring


Planet Hopper (Oxford, United Kingdom): Visualizes Kepler data to allow children and teachers to explore all the exoplanets that we know about.

Best Use of Data

Vicar2png (Virtual Participation): Allows anyone to view, enjoy, and remix NASA’s mission image data easily by converting VICAR files to the popular PNG image format.


Most Disruptive

Growing Fruits: Pineapple Project (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; San Francisco, US; Santiago, Chile; and Virtual Participation): Provides the optimal crop for your community by filtering a tropical crop database by location’s rainfall, latitude, elevation and pH.

Most Innovative

Strange Desk (Oxford, United Kingdom): Allows users to socially share and analyze the occurrence of strange events with others.


Galactic Impact

Growers Nation (Exeter UK, San Francisco USA, New York City USA, Santiago Chile, Nairobi Kenya and Santo Domingo Dominican Republic): Explores the potential of unused land for the growing of fruit, vegetable and other crops through the use of location, climate and growing data.

People’s Choice


Bit Harvester (Nairobi, Kenya): An SMS-based remote data acquisition and control system for remote renewable energy installations.

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