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.
This year’s themes : Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Technology, Earth, Journey to Mars
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What is Mixed Team?
During the hackathon, we bring together select participants to form teams comprising of people from Japan and Boston. These ‘mixed teams’ are an exciting collaboration opportunity to hone your multi-cultural perspective and entrepreneurial mindset since team-members work collaboratively across the ocean.
Each mixed 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.
Event: Information Session
Venue: Boston Children’s Museum
Idea generation and preparation for ideathon
Each participant is highly recommended to have two ideas for Ideathon and create PPT slides (Max. 3 slides for one idea) for the idea pitch at the Ideathon and submitted to a designated folder. Prepare to pitch!
April 9, 7pm- 10pm :
Venue: Cambridge Innovation Center (1 Broadway, Cambridge)
– 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.
April 10 – April 22:
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. Last year, most groups created a facebook chat group and communicated on chat and had skype or google hangout team meeting 1~2 times before the hackathon.
It will be the beginning of a super exciting cross-cultural experience !!!
April 22 – April 24:
International Space Apps Challenge!!
Each team works on their project.
IMPORTANT: Because of time difference between the U.S. and Japan, each team need to decide with which time they work on. For example, if the team work with Japan time, Boston members will start hackathon from Friday night on April 22 to Sunday morning on April 24.
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)
It was my first time joining a hackathon event. The experience was just amazing! There were three differences I faced: culture, language and expertise. Managing those differences was a real challenge for me, and this experience will definitely guide me in the future when I face the same challenge again! What a good event it was!
Takefumi Kunifuda, MIT Sloan (Boston venue attendee)
Mixed Team FAQ
The winning team will be chosen by judges.
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.