Bahraini youth invited to participate in the fifth edition of the global hackathon challenge | THE DAILY TRIBUNE

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The National Space Science Authority (NSSA) has announced that registration is open to all programmers, scientists, designers, storytellers, technologists and students with a passion for space science and students to participate in the fifth annual Space Applications Challenge Hackathon, which will be held in person.

This competition is organized by the NSSA, under the supervision of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and in cooperation with the Bahrain Polytechnic (Bahrain Polytechnic) and the Bahrain Society of Engineers.

To enter the contest, visit the NSSA website ( The hackathon is open to all ages and attracts participants from around the world to form teams of creators who use space data available from NASA for space and compete to design solutions to a number of challenges facing space. space industry is facing, as determined by the agency.

Competing teams must complete their work within 48 hours. The idea of ​​the hackathon motivates participants to devise new ways and ideas through which spatial data can be presented as applications, games or innovative technical solutions by the participants.

This event is part of a series of outreach activities implemented by the NSSA, in partnership with local institutions, to promote a culture of innovation and spread creativity among members of society at large, and young people in particular, and encourage them to adopt innovative practices in various sectors, in particular the space sector, which is one of the sciences of the future whose importance continues to grow.

The hackathon takes place in different cities around the world, where 11 space agencies participate in this edition of the competition, including NASA, the European Space Agency, the Japanese Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, the Brazilian Space Agency, among others.

The previous edition of the competition had seen the participation of more than 28,000 people at more than 320 gatherings around the world. NSSA Director General Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al Asiri said, “The National Space Science Authority used to attend this event every year to showcase the name of the Kingdom of Bahrain in international forums.

The authority sees the value of this type of competition as it allows them to share their knowledge acquired by organizing competitions at local, national and international levels as well as their extensive network of contacts with professionals, academics and students.

Al Asiri expressed his sincere thanks to all those who contributed to the preparation of this event, in particular the Polytechnic of Bahrain, the Society of Engineers of Bahrain and the team of the authority which manages the process of preparation and coordination at local and international levels.

Professor Kieran Okohan, CEO of Bahrain Polytechnic, said: “We are delighted to cooperate with the National Space Science Authority in organizing this global competition, which will improve scientific research opportunities and open new horizons for students to ‘they engage in various fields, the future sciences and provide them with the skills of the 21st century.

“This international competition gives students the opportunity to represent the Kingdom of Bahrain in the world, to gain practical experience in this field, to stimulate innovation, problem-solving skills and teamwork skills .

This will help promote innovation keeping pace with the development of the Kingdom and achieve scientific and technical progress in line with the vision of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In addition, it will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the two national strategies related to higher education and scientific research. Dr. Raeda Al Alawi, President of the Bahrain Society of Engineers, expressed the Society’s pride in having co-hosted this global competition.

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