Bangalore, Karnataka, India | 1st October 2020: From 2-4 October, 2020, IET India’s Chennai Local Network will locally host the global all-virtual NASA International Space Apps Challenge. The knowledge partner for the event is Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. The theme for this year’s 48 hour hackathon is – “Take ActionThe idea behind this is to remind every problem-solver that they can make a difference, even while working safely from home.

Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director of IET India said, “The IET is delighted to be hosting the NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2020. Its theme of “Take Action” is relevant to the issues of today especially in view of the pandemic. We hope that this challenge will enable participants to develop real solutions to global challenges. We look forward to seeing some innovative solutions that will support global efforts in this area.”

Dr D Dhanasekaran, Chair – IET India’s Chennai Local Network said, “The impact of the global health pandemic has catalysed the need for collective ingenuity in the world right now. International collaboration and sharing of free and open-data to solve challenges that we currently face on Earth and in space is the need of the hour. IET Chennai Local Network welcomes participants from all backgrounds to take part in the challenge.”

“This is the first time IET India’s Chennai Local Network is hosting the International Space Apps Challenge in India,” says Vivek Vasan, an active volunteer of the IET Chennai Network and Lead for the NASA Space App Challenge. “For participants, this is a great opportunity to make a difference in the field of technology through collaboration and play their role to work towards IET’s vision of ‘Working to engineer a better world.”