▪️Japanese follows. 日本での参加者向け日本語の情報は英語の後にあります▪️
About NASA ISAC
The International Space Apps Challenge (ISAC) is an international mass collaboration that takes place in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to advance space exploration missions and improve life on Earth. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators and local partner organizations.
Website : ISAC Boston 2018
What is International Team?
During the hackathon, we bring together select participants to form teams comprising of people from Japan and Boston. These international teams are an exciting collaboration opportunity to hone your multi-cultural perspective and entrepreneurial mindset since team-members work collaboratively across the ocean.
Each International Team consists of about 5-8 participants from Japan and Boston (i.e. 3 from Japan, 3 from Boston) from very different cultural, technical and professional backgrounds. The participants from Japan will join you via communication tool such as Google Hangout and Skype.
9/27 (Thursday) 19:00 -20:30:
Event: Information Session
Venue: Cambridge Innovation Center (1 Broadway, Cambridge)
Information session at Boston.
You can learn about NASA ISAC Boston; Boston team and International team.
10/5 (Friday) 19:30-22:00 (EST) for Boston attendees
10/6 (Saturday) 8:30-11:00(JST) for Attendees in Japan :
Venue: Cambridge Innovation Center (1 Broadway, Cambridge) for Boston attendees
– Self introduction
– Idea pitch using the PPT file submitted in advance.
– Voting for your favorite idea
– Organizers allocate team members based on their favorites, engineering skill sets, and language skill. (Bilingual skills are not required. Organizers will coordinate balanced team.)
IMPORTANT: If you miss the Ideathon, you will be allocated to a team based on your professional skill set and language skill.
10/6 – 10/19 :
Team meetings as needed
Each team starts communicating and planning for the project. We’ve seen this lead to better team building and better project outcomes. After teams are formed, team member will be invited to a team slak channel. Team communicated on chat and has online meeting 1~2 times before the hackathon.
It will be the beginning of a super exciting cross-cultural experience !!!
10/20 – 10/21:
International Space Apps Challenge!!
Each team works on their project.
IMPORTANT: Because of time difference between the U.S. and Japan, team need to coordinate time to work. Final presentation time in Boston is Monday early morning in Japan, so team might have to consider how to perform presentation.
The winning team will be chosen by judges.
Past Participants’ Voice
I enjoyed working with a group of extremely talented individuals with diverse and global perspectives through change during this hackathon. I realized the beauty of collaborating on an international level to create projects from scratch. In addition, as more and more business opportunities will lie outside of Japan in the coming years, it was extremely valuable to experience working with team members from overseas despite language barriers and time differences.
Tomohisa Maruyama, Environment Inc. Founder, President and CEO (Tokyo venue attendee)
Being able to participate in the NASA ISAC as a mixed team brought whole new level of challenges and enjoyment. Working with people from multiple technical backgrounds, skill sets and cultural diversity brought with it new and fascinating solution to a common problem.John Hrovat, Progammer at Meditech (Boston venue attendee)
The whole developing process was so exciting. In the idea generation process, since I was a part of a mixed team of Japan and Boston, I could see many perspectives towards one thing. A lot of arguments and discussions we made during the decision making process were very fun.Anonymous (Boston venue attendee)
About the organizer
Binnovative is a non-profit organization which strives to provide opportunities to communities in Japan and Boston to foster their entrepreneurial mindset as well as multicultural perspectives. Binnovative organizes and leads the Boston venue of the ISAC for the third time this year.