This competition does not require advanced technical or coding skills. That makes it a great place to dive into the world of data visualization and Earth data! Participants at all skill levels are welcome. So buckle up and launch your space-generated data journey.
Our world is facing many urgent challenges, such as climate change, water insecurity, and food insecurity. Maintaining and improving quality of life around the world requires bringing together innovators across disciplines and countries to find creative solutions.
One critical tool for understanding and improving the urgent challenges facing our world is Earth observation data, meaning data that is gathered in outer space about life here on Earth! Earth observation data provides accurate and publicly accessible information on our atmosphere, oceans, ecosystems, land cover, and built environment. The United States and its partners have a long history of exploring outer space and making satellite, airborne, and in-situ sensor datasets openly available to all.
Your goal in this challenge is to create a visualization using Earth observation data that advances at least one of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- 2: Zero Hunger
- 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
- 13: Climate Action
By participating, you can be part of NASA’s initiative to Transform to Open Science and to make Earth observation data available to all.
This challenge was created on behalf of NASA and the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna (UNVIE), in collaboration with the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).”
The top teams will have the opportunity to participate in a 10-day Space Study program, with travel, lodging, and tuition covered. They will attend the prestigious adult Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and discuss the future of space exploration with U.S. policymakers and innovators in Washington, DC. Previous participants in this program have experienced zero gravity and learned first-hand about the U.S. approach to outer space during visits to the White House, NASA, and the State Department. You can learn more about past participants’ experiences here.
There will be at least eight individual winners (a minimum of two teams). Each submission may be authored by an individual or a team of up to four people. More winners may be selected depending on the final determination of the judges.
Honorable Mentions for Compelling Visuals
Submissions with the most compelling visuals will be published in a gallery, and winners will receive digital certificates. Honorable mentions will be selected primarily based on the visual and the summary components of the submission, and including a detailed report is not required to be considered for this prize. See the submission format section for details.
Up to 50 visuals will be selected. Each visual may be authored by an individual or a team of up to four people.
Community Code Bonus Prize
A bonus prize will be awarded to the most helpful contribution to the community code board. The winner will receive NASA swag and a digital certificate, and will be recognized on the DrivenData website.
Judgement will be based on how well the post enables other participants to use Earth observation data to further the key competition SDGs. The emphasis will be on clarity of communication and engagement with other challenge participants. The judges may also consider how much the author has contributed overall to the community code page via other posts.
This will be awarded to one community code post. All posts will be considered and the author is not required to make a formal competition submission to be eligible. One participant must submit the post, but participants are welcome to author a community code post as a team.