Space Apps Challenge 2019: Finalists and winning team

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is very proud to have participated for a third year in the Space Apps Challenge, an annual international hackathon-type event that took place from to . Canada alone was home to seven local events this year, including two brand new ones in Calgary and Halifax. The other host cities were Edmonton, Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

The CSA collaborated with the local chapters by presenting six challenges (and their corresponding data sets) related to Canadian space expertise in various fields such as radiation on the International Space Station, asteroid observation, magnetic wave measurement, balloon telemetry data, atmospheric gas measurement and the optimization of a satellite image Web search platform.

Pixel Heroes Team presenting to the local jury in Calgary on . (Credit: Wajeeha Hassan)

Overall winner of the CSA Space Apps Challenge

Pixel Heroes from Calgary were declared the overall winner of the CSA Space Apps Challenge for their inspiring and innovative solution to the NEOSSat challenge. Special congratulations to Parnia Shokri, Bahareh Yekkehkhany and Amin Zadeh!

Among more than 600 Canadian participants in the Space Apps Challenge, 173 chose to use the CSA's open data to tackle one of the challenges. At the end of the event, 24 teams were named semi-finalists for the CSA's challenges. After the evaluation of their solutions, the following teams have been named the finalists of each of the CSA's challenges.

Finalist teams – CSA's challenges
Teams' names CSA Challenge City
Artemis Challenge STRATOS Toronto
Beans Challenge GO Canada Waterloo
Pixel Heroes Challenge NEOSSat Calgary
Radi-AB Challenge Radi-N2 Edmonton
Whoomap Challenge SCISAT Waterloo
RADARSAT Liberators Challenge RADARSAT-1 Ottawa

The CSA would like to thank the local organizers as well as the agencies and departments that collaborated in formulating challenges and mentoring during the event. A special thank you to the participants who chose to take up a CSA challenge: your passion and determination inspired us greatly.

Congratulations to the finalists and winners!

Space Apps Challenge kick-off event in Waterloo. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

CSA mentor Julie Claveau helping participants in Ottawa. (Credit: Ozge Tuzumet Yucel)

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