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(English) Youth develop innovative solutions to global challenges

Image: ICIMOD
Image: ICIMOD

KATHMANDU, Nepal–With an aim to improve environmental decision making in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Young Innovations in collaboration with CSIT Association of Nepal (CSITAN) and Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN), jointly organized a two-day National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) International SpaceApps Challenge.

More than 60 youth from diverse backgrounds came together to compete the challenge.

The gainsays provided by NASA were divided into five categories: Technology in Space, Human Space Flight, Asteroids, Earth Watch, and Robotics. The participants included developers, students with knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS), engineering students, and entrepreneurs, according to ICIMOD.

Opening the event, the Director of SERVIR-Global, Dan Irwin, said the event offered bright young minds an opportunity to work with others from around the world to come up with innovative applications.

On the occasion, ICIMOD’s Director Strategic Cooperation Basanta Shrestha discussed about the role of space technologies in forecasting natural disasters and reducing their impact.

G10E with the project ‘Clean City’ was announced as the winner of the Space Apps Challenge 2014. The team was awarded with a purse of NPR 30,000.

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