Lauren Klein

NASA Space Apps Challenge

Blog Post created by Lauren Klein Employee on Apr 26, 2016


This past weekend was the NASA International Space Apps Challenge which happens all over the globe.


Only four years ago, our site was one of only four on the west coast and now we are part of a fast paced group of sites all ideating together to solve problems and innovate.  As a passionate problem solver myself, I was honored when the host leader asked me to judge and felt very fortunate to engage with fellow problem solvers.




I helped to identify candidates making an impact who can progress to openNASA's new Innovation Space.


The judges were UNR PhD leaders who worked together to nominate the most inspiring ideas across our latitude to be recognized in:


Best Use of Data, Best Use of Hardware, Best Mission Concept, Galatic Impact, Most Inspirational and People's Choice.




I was impressed with the notion of asteroid mining through a liberation point which could be used for a future energy source, the DroneR concept which would essentially become the waze app for drone air transportation, to a smart fashion wearable device with air checker functionality by using hardware, software and big data as an innovation for people with respitory challenges.


The canary project was created as smart fashion using live air quality data and environmental variables.

Project "fetch a rock" will put rockets next to an asteroid to be able to extract / mine for new energy sources and operations.

Project "Don't Crash Me Bro" is drone hazard detection software.

The "Biggest Little Solar System" project is a game based API for the realtime position of planets.

Auto car project is creating an autonomous tractor to use on other planets.