Taipei--A total of 57 Taiwanese teams are taking part in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge this weekend, marking the first time that Taiwan is participating in one of the world's largest hackathons, according to the organizers.
The two-day marathon-style programming contest kicked off Saturday, with 214 participants in 57 teams competing at National Taiwan University, the organizers said.
The challenge invites participants from around the world to -- utilizing NASA's open data -- provide hardware, software and innovative solutions to global challenges such as water resource management and natural disaster response, said the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
About 22,000 people in some 200 cities are participating in this year's challenge, information on the event's official website showed. The theme for the 2017 hackathon is the Earth.
The Taiwan part of the challenge is being hosted by the AIT, in collaboration with Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Industrial Development Bureau, National Taiwan University and Taipei City's Department of Information Technology.
The international hackathon is held over the course of 48 hours in cities around the world, inviting the participation of students, scientists, designers, makers, technologists and anyone enthusiastic about addressing Earth's challenges, said the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic relations.
For the first time, Taipei is participating in the annual challenge, which was launched in 2012.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel