NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is once again hosting the fifth annual International Space Apps Challenge, a global, mass collaboration event that gathers volunteer participants to work on specific NASA challenges.

Glenn has teamed up with OHTec, a technology talent, growth and advocacy association, in offering this year’s Space Apps Challenge, April 22 – 24 at Glenn’s state-of-the-art Mission Integration Center. The event is just one of OHTec’s 2016 Tech Week activities that is rapidly growing in popularity. In 2015, the Cleveland site reported the fourth highest number of attendees in the United States.

“For the last four years, the energetic teams of northeast Ohio have provided creative solutions to some of NASA’s tougher challenges,” said Sean Gallagher, Glenn’s chief information officer. “This year, we’re again excited to welcome problem solvers and innovators of all ages to join us in this event.”

This year, NASA is offering 26 challenges in six mission-related categories: Aeronautics, Earth, International Space Station, Journey to Mars, Solar System and Beyond and Space Technology. Participants are asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualizations and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

Space Apps Challenge activities include a social gathering on Friday, April 22, and work time on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. For a limited time on Saturday, NASA librarians will be available to help participants find information and data. Team presentations and awards are presented on Sunday.

In addition to tackling NASA’s challenges, participants will hear from exciting speakers and have an opportunity to tour Glenn’s Graphics and Visualization and Simulated Lunar Operations labs.

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