focus_technologyThis weekend, local company Rim Technologies will host the 2017 NASA Space Apps Challenge — one of a series of 48-hour “hackathons” worldwide — at the recently opened Quad Innovation Space in downtown Colorado Springs, located in the basement of Loyal Coffee (408 S. Nevada Ave.).

The event is planned for April 29-30 and will coincide with more than 170 NASA Space Apps events throughout the world, according to a news release.

“The Quad Innovation Space will be the exclusive location for Space Apps Challenge events in Colorado and Rocky Mountain region,” according to RIMTECH founder and CEO Sara Kinney.

The event is billed as “an opportunity for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about space to come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space,” according to the release.

Throughout the weekend, competing teams will use government data to solve real-world NASA-inspired problems in five challenge areas that relate to this year’s theme, which is “earth.” At the end of the 48-hour hackathon, teams will then submit solutions to a panel of judges who will select two finalists to compete in a global competition judged by NASA.

“RIMTECH is excited to host NASA’s first Space Apps Challenge in Colorado Springs coinciding with the opening of the new Quad Innovation Space,” Kinney said.

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She added that the apps challenge is part of a bigger push to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Colorado Springs.

According to NASA, last year’s competition series was its largest to date and resulted in 160 events with 15,000 participants in six continents.

For more information and/or to register for the event, visit 2017.spaceappschallenge.org/locations/colorado-springs-co/.