BlueKite Developers Nominated for NASA International Space Apps Challenge


image BlueKite a leading provider of international bill-payment services, today announced that two of its Guatemala City-based developers Rodolfo Maldonado and Diego Figueroa, were nominated for NASA's International Space Apps Challenge - according to NASA, the "galaxy's largest mass collaboration ever."

Over 9,000 individuals and 484 organizations from around the world came together over the weekend of April 21st, in 83 cities around the world, to collectively tackle 58 software, hardware and data visualization challenges.

The top projects, including the Sync application created by BlueKite's team (http://spaceappschallenge.org/project/sync/), are now selected for a global prize, and could win spaceflight training packages and launch invitations to the MAVEN launch in November of 2013. The team's Sync app is designed to run on a PaaS like Heroku and watch git or svn repositories as well as static files for changes, and then mirror those to http://github.com/nasa. Sync is an innovative solution that allows users to visually and easily administer each project's state, configure synchronization settings (interval, destination repository, etc.), and send updates to people involved with any project.

"We are foremost a technology company that believes in innovation, the sharing of new ideas and finding solutions that make the world a better place," noted Bobby Aitkenhead, CEO of BlueKite. "Our sincere congratulations to Diego and Rodolfo, we are so proud of you and will continue to offer our support as the final competition gets on its way."

Global winners will be chosen on May 22. For more on Sync and NASA's International Space Apps Challenge, go to http://spaceappschallenge.org/project/sync/.

About BlueKite

BlueKite offers a unique, state of the art, web-based platform that allows consumers to make real-time cross- border bill payments around the world. Payments are safe, accurate, reliable and guaranteed. BlueKite makes bill pay transactions possible through the integration of a proprietary payments platform with the accounting system of relevant service providers worldwide, allowing customers to view up to the minute balance information and pay bills immediately. Recently the company announced a $1.5 million seed round led by the founding team and PeopleFund. For more information please visit http://www.bluekite.com

About International Space Apps Challenge

The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators and 100+ local partner organizations. For more information please visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/about/

CONTACT: Jose Vargas, (305) 400-0818, jose@peoplefund.com

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