The 4th NASA Space Apps Challenge Bangladesh has successfully come to an end with Grand Prize Giving Ceremony. BASIS organized the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 in association with BASIS Student’s Forum.
This year 2000 participants submitted their project. Out of them Top 40 teams are selected for the Hack-a-Thon. They fought in 36 hours long Hack-a-Thon on October 19-20.
Later the prize giving ceremony took place on Saturday. Posts, Telecommunications & ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar graced the occasion as chief guest.
At the prize giving ceremony, BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir, Senior Vice President Farhana A Rahman, Vice President (Admin) Shoeb Ahmed Masud, BASIS Vice President (Finance) Mushfiqur Rahman, BASIS Director Tamzid Siddiq Spondon, NASA Space Apps Challenge Convener & BASIS Director Didarul Alam and Joint Convener Ariful Hasan Opu were present.
At the opening speech of NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 Bangladesh Convener Didarul Alam said this year we have sorted out top 40 projects among 2000 projects. The best 8 have been got the chance to compete at the international phase. Last year among 220 cities all over the world, Bangladesh obtained a 3rd and 5th place. We are hoping to exceed the expectation this time.
Regarding NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir said, NASA Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in 250 cities around the world. Its main goal is to find out the innovative solution to solve the world's global problems by ensuring the participation of everyone including technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs etc.
Joint Convener of NASA Space Apps Challenge Ariful Hasan Opu said, this year NASA has announced 6 challenge categories comprising 20 sub categories. Besides, our young and talented scientists will work on the categories like weather, volcanoes, mars and many more. Bangladesh is constantly making progress for the past 4 years, we are hopeful that Bangladesh’s flag will be uploaded much higher this year.
At the Grand Award Ceremony, Mustafa Jabbar said that young ones will lead tomorrow’s Digital Bangladesh. Through the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 BASIS has created a wonderful platform to showcase the talent of our youngster’s. Last year we obtained 2 places in World’s Top 10. We are hopeful to do better this year.
It is to be noted that this year, NASA has organized this event in 250 Cities Globally. From Bangladesh, 9 Cities (Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong, Barisal, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barisal and Comilla) have participated in this Global Hack-a-Thon. This year’s campaign involved approximately 50 lac students virtually and approximately 1,00,000 students will take part physically in this event.
This year’s NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 Bangladesh Winners are:
Dhaka-Champion: Team Game Changer; Runners-up: Team Planet Kit
Chittagong- Champion Team Queue; Runners-up: Team Matra
Comilla- Champion: Team Photon; Runners-up: Team MetaCoders
Rangpur- Champion: Team HSTU Matroid
Sylhet- Champion: Team Olik