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NASA Is Seeking subject-matter experts for Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge

By SpaceRef Editor
April 30, 2020
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Calling all subject-matter experts to volunteer for NASA’s Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge! Volunteer here.

From May 30-31, 2020, citizen scientists around the world will solve challenges related to COVID-19 using NASA’s open-source data in an all-virtual, global hackathon. 

The focus will be on the following four themes. (The complete challenge statements will be posted on the Space Apps website the week before the hackathon.)

1. Learning about the virus and its spread using Space-based data
2. Local response/change and solution 
3. Impacts of COVID-19 on the Earth system/Earth system response
4. Economic opportunity, impact, and recovery during and following COVID-19

All NASA, ESA, and JAXA civil servants, contractors, and current and past awardees and their teams are eligible to serve as subject-matter experts. Personnel from other US government agencies are also eligible. You will be matched with appropriate challenges, if possible.

Depending on your availability, you are invited to participate in the following ways:

* Engage with participants in the chat rooms over hackathon weekend (May 30-31).
* Judge project submissions (June to mid-July, exact dates TBD).

Please contact Sarah Hemmings ( and Julie Chamberlain ( with questions.


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