In a recent announcement, NASO President Suresh Bhattarai shared that two teams hailing from Nepal have earned the prestigious distinction of being named global finalists in the highly competitive NASA Space Apps Challenge 2023. The Nepal Astronomical Society oversaw the national evaluation phase of the challenge on October 7 and 8, wherein seven teams were subjected to international scrutiny. It brings us immense joy to reveal that two teams have successfully advanced to the global finals.
This year’s event witnessed enthusiastic participation across various locations, including Itahari in Koshi Province, Janakpur in Madhesh Province, Lalitpur in Bagmati Province, Pokhara in Gandaki Province, Butwal in Lumbini Province, Surkhet in Karnali Province, and Dhangadhi in Sudurpaschim Province. A total of 54 teams engaged in 18 distinct challenges among the 30 presented by NASA. The program attracted 305 participants, culminating in 45 teams completing the challenge. Following national evaluations, seven teams earned the opportunity for international assessment, with two teams emerging as global finalists.
Among the accomplished finalists are “SAK Cosmos” from Dhangadhi, presenting their project “Artemis II and You!” and the team “PyroFyro” from Lalitpur, focusing on the challenge “Managing Fire: Increasing Community-based Fire Management Opportunities.”
On a global scale, the 2023 Space Apps Challenge saw a remarkable participation of 57,999 individuals from 152 countries, forming 8,715 teams dedicated to tackling diverse challenges. Impressively, 5,556 teams adhered to the hackathon rules and submitted their proposed solutions to NASA within the stipulated timeframe. NASA has meticulously selected 40 teams for further international evaluation, with the notable inclusion of two teams representing Nepal. The ultimate winners across 10 different categories will be disclosed by NASA scientists on January 23, 2024.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the teams from Nepal for their outstanding achievements as global finalists. For additional information about the program, feel free to reach out to our office or explore www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/spaceapps.