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NASA, partners urge everyone to join the battle against COVID-19 through a virtual hackathon

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In a bid to come up with efficient and effective solutions to issues that arise from COVID-19, space agencies, NASA, ESA, and JAXA, are calling for everyone to join in a virtual hackathon that will be launched on May 30 until May 31, 2020.

Dubbed the NASA Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge, the program involves participants of diverse professions all over the world forming virtual teams to use available Earth observation data to come up with solutions based on the various challenges that the coronavirus present.

Each agency is tasked of providing eager participants needed data that they can use to formulate answers to the virus’ ongoing threat, whether on public safety, economy, etc. 

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ESA, for example, will be supplying pertinent information involving greenhouse gases and climate change as gather from its Sentinel missions, particularly from Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, and Sentinel-5p.

Space Apps is an international hackathon that sees implementation across many cities around the world. 

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Since its initial launch back in 2012, many individuals have had the privilege of working with NASA using its free and open data in rectifying many of the world’s glaring issues.

Just last year alone, as many as 29,000 participants from across 71 countries have joined Space Apps that subsequently produced 2,000 hackathon solutions in just a span of one weekend. 

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