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2 teams from Bucharest and Cluj Napoca go further to the global jury of the international hackathon NASA SpaceApps Challenge 2020

On the weekend of October 3-4, the annual edition of the NASA SpaceApps Challenge hackathon took place in Romania, which took place simultaneously in another 200 cities around the world. In Romania, over 100 people aged between 14 and 30 participated online, forming 12 teams whose projects are displayed for Bucharest - here - for Cluj - here. Two teams from each city qualified for the international judging stage of the competition:


  • Fire Fighters - with a solution for automatic detection of natural hazards;
  • Carbon FUN - an application that monitors the carbon footprint based on transport and energy consumption.
  • Cluj Napoca
  • IOT4NATURE - solution that detects the presence of smoke and flames generated by fires and sends information to the cloud to alert the authorities and citizens in the affected areas.
  • PAN - creates automatic predictions on animal migration to signal any changes in this ecosystem.


Two local awards were also given to the Tandem teams, respectively Penteract 3.0, with solutions in fighting vegetation fires.

The jury consisted of Bogdan Niculae, Engineer Manager at Thales; Gabriel Trăistaru, Digital Director at the Digital Division of Telekom Romania; George V. Scripcariu, co-founder of Space Hub; Florin Păun, theorist and director of innovation in France; Radu Ionescu, co-founder of SecurifAI and doctoral professor in the Artificial Intelligence department, within the Faculty of Mathematics - Informatics in Bucharest; Cristian Român, senior editor at Revista Știință şi Tehnică and Ulpia Botezatu, research engineer at the Romanian Space Agency. The teams were guided mainly by technical mentors, and the moderator of the hackathon was the journalist of Radio Tananana, Vlad Conovaru.

The two winning teams that will continue to go to the global jury also received prizes from Thales, SpaceHub and Sandler Training Romania, and the participants benefited from vouchers from Armada by Nemira and the magazine Știință şi Tehnică.

"The great differentiator of this event is that it has no material stake. We are talking here about pure passion for science and the exploration of the Earth and space, of evolution, of the intergalactic mission to change the world, to bring our contribution in the service of good through innovation. It's about involvement, about commitment. Hence the unique emotional charge it brings. In an extremely short time, it creates and welds teams, prepares their framework for new experiences, creates communities, builds loyalty, generates addiction in the best sense - here we are at the 6th edition in Cluj and the third in Bucharest and we have participants who came to all editions. Can't imagine how much joy and pride we feel when we find ourselves every year with the same electric enthusiasm. We can't wait to see you again next year ", said Diana Iosu, organizer of NASA Space Apps Challenge Bucharest & Cluj Napoca.

“The Telekom Romania Foundation also supports talented young people, in addition to various social causes. As Telekom places great emphasis on digitization, becoming a partner in the NASA Space Apps Challenge hackathon was a natural step, as the competition brings together people of all ages with unique and valuable skills to generate solutions for a better future on Earth. ” , declared Ionela Păunică, executive director of the Telekom Romania Foundation.

"For Thales, innovation and technology are indispensable in this stage of humanity and no other project could put them together, as the NASA Space Apps Challenge hackathon does. By the nature of our work, we place great emphasis on professional training, and I am happy to say that at each edition I participated in I discovered real talents that have the potential to grow and conquer, why not, the space ", says XXX , Thales.

The solutions of the winning teams from Romania will enter the evaluation process at international level, coordinated by NASA. The winners of the Space Apps will be announced in January 2021 and will receive an invitation to present their projects to NASA staff (and space agency partners, if applicable). International winners will also be invited to visit a NASA station with the global space management team, Space Apps Challenge, to witness the launch of a spacecraft.

The theme of this year's event was: "Act", and the categories of this edition were: Observe, Inform, Support, Create, Confront, Connect.

SpaceApps Challenge is NASA's innovative incubation program, held annually since 2012 in hubs around the world. Last year, it enjoyed 29,000 participants in 225 events in 71 countries, and in Romania 200 participants in two cities, the youngest being 12 years old.

More details about this year's edition globally are available here, and locally here for Bucharest and here for Cluj Napoca, respectively on the Facebook page of the event in Bucharest, respectively Cluj.

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