Taipei, May 05: Taiwan took a special step by taking part in the NASA International Space Apps challenge. This will be the first time; Taiwan will be participating in the world's largest hackathons. A total of 57 Taiwanese teams is taking part in the hackathons which going to be held this weekend.
According to the hackathon's organizers, the two-day marathon-style programming contest kicked off with 214 participants in 57 teams competing at National Taiwan University.
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said “The challenge invites participants from around the world to -- utilizing NASA's open data -- provide hardware, software and innovative solutions to global challenges such as water resource management and natural disaster response”.
Having the theme ‘Earth’, around 22,000 Taiwanese are participating in this year's challenge. The Taiwan part of the challenge is being hosted by the AIT in collaboration with Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Economic Affairs Industrial Development Bureau, National Taiwan University and Taipei City's Department of Information Technology.
The AIT which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic relations said “The international hackathon is held over the course of 48 hours in cities around the world by inviting the participation of students, scientists, designers, makers, technologists and anyone enthusiastic about addressing Earth's challenges”.