The NASA Earth Exchange (NEX), in collaboration with Amazon
Web Services Inc. and Innocentive, had announced the OpenNEX
challenge and workshop. They invite the general public,
climate scientists, software engineers, and data analysts to
design and implement concepts that enable climate
resilience. There will be $60,000 in prize money available
for participants as a reward for their innovations.
The first stage of the challenge runs July 1 through August
1, 2014, and offers as much as $10,000 in awards for ideas
on novel uses of the large collection of climate and Earth
science satellite data sets — including global land surface
images, vegetation conditions, climate observations, and climate
projections — that are being made available to participants.
The second stage, beginning
in August, will offer between $30,000 and $50,000 in awards
for the development of an application or algorithm that
promotes climate resilience using the OpenNEX data, based on
ideas from the first stage of the challenge. NASA will
announce the overall challenge winners in December.
Read more in NASA's news release
and on the OpenNEX web site.