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June 22, 2021
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Space Apps Challenge: Over 50 Romanian youth trying to get NASA’s attention

Over 50 young people have participated on Saturday and Sunday, in Cluj, in a competition organised by NASA – Space Apps Challenge – , and the best of them will enter the global judging phase with their projects likely to be adopted by the space agency.

Event spokesperson Maria Rednic told Agerpres on Saturday that it is the first time Romania organises this challenge on a local level and that the winning projects in Cluj will enter the global competition.

”We have about 50 people participating, about half are programmers, but there are also specialists in hardware, molecular biology, designers and students. Most are from Cluj, but there are also teams from all over the country, made on Facebook. The winners of this phase will be nominated tomorrow. There is a local jury at this stage. Each participating country nominates projects that pass to the global judging, which is done by NASA representatives. Those who will be nominated in Cluj will make a 30-second video which they will send to the global judging,” said Maria Rednic, according to Agerpres.

NASA Space Apps Challenge is the biggest hackathon (programming contest) in the world and the local phase is organised also in Cluj as a first for Romania, by the Transilvania Startup Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, TechAcademy, SprintPoint Techcelerator and ClujHUB.

The competition is addressed to an audience with varied experience levels and in various fields: programmers, scientists, professors, technologists, artists, designers, engineers, storytellers, students and entrepreneurs

The contest challenges this year set by NASA are: Technology, Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Earth, Journey to Mars.

A number of 193 cities worldwide registered in this year’s edition.

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