NASA World Wind Europa Challenge

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Stage: Project website & Code Release

How to Enter?

There are two different categories to enter & win. One is as a University Project (or High School), and the other is as a Professional Project. The top three teams in each of three tracks, University, High School and Professional, will receive the 'NASA Crystal Bull' award! And some cash for the top project on the University and Professional categories. 

University Project

Advance your career opportunities, build a great application that serves any part of the OpenCitySmart design and uses NASA's open source virtual globe technology, WebWorldWind. To do this you must first establish a team of three to five students, from a single University or High School, with any mix of undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. Graduate students may enter as a single individual (there is *no team requirement for graduate students* but teams are still encouraged!). Each undergraduate team or graduate student must have a mentor. The mentor can be a professor, an associate or assistant professor, or an official lecturer at the same university as the team. Together they decide, design and build a spatial data application that serves local, regional, national or international interests guided by the OpenCitySmart design and the INSPIRE Directive.

Professional SME Project

Same criteria as above only there is no limit on team members or any mentor requirement. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company’s talents, while providing premier value to the world community. And in the process, have some brilliant fun!


Propose your project now! Simply click 'Apply' to participate. The deadline to make your project website and code available to the world is 14 August 2017. Part of the final submission will be a three-minute video that describes and shows your app in action!

Challenge Criteria

Prospective teams will submit their project proposal via by the 8th August. The Europa Challenge Board will accept the project proposal or provide additional guidance for acceptance. Acceptance will be communicated to the project team via email to all team members and their mentor. Teams outside of Europe are welcome to participate!

  1. Open Source Project
  2. All final project submittals must use an open source license.
  3. Project Code Release
  4. A projects' software code will not be made public during development. The official code release date is the 14 August 2017 at which time the project teams will make their code public. This can be via or other publicly accessible website, such as the participating University or business website. 
  5. Short Project Video
  6. Teams must also submit a short video, no longer than 3-minutes, showing the application in action and highlighting the core functionalities; deadline 14 August 2017
  7. Project Webpage
  8. You will need a webpage that describes your project, with some screenshots and a link to your code repository, documentation and your video; deadline  14 August 2017.
  9. Project Goal
  10. The software application may address any number of issues: scientific research, navigation, aviation and satellite industry, education, city infrastructure (water, sewer, property parcels, etc.), etc.

Project Evaluation Criteria (Points)

Sophistication (20): Level of difficulty, number of functions, data accessibility, degree of challenge to data analysis.

Performance (20): Given the amount of data being digested and viewed, in 3D and more intensely in 4D, does the performance appear effective at delivering that data? The more data being managed, the more impressive the program’s ability to deliver it, i.e., 4D > 3D alone.

User Interface(20): Intuitive, efficient, allowing control over data selection, time series, etc.

Website(20): Documentation sufficient and effective.

Idea(10): How compelling is the application purpose? Do you see the application providing significant value to the community being served?

Outreach(10): Any coordination with other University departments, outside agencies or the actual user community?

Project Judging

Judges for the Europa Challenge include the Europa Challenge Board and the mentor from each of the projects. A mentor may not judge their own project nor any project from their own school. The top three teams for each category, High school, Research and Professional Project, will each receive the Europa Challenge crystal bull award. 

 Funding Available

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