The Challenge | Don’t Forget the Can Opener!

Create an easy-to-use way for people to develop their own, custom checklists – both items and plans – for specific kinds of disasters. Use NASA images, videos, or data visualizations to illustrate each disaster type, to help people understand how to prepare.

An app to save the people!

Every year, 100.000 people die from natural violence. Our app could give people on time warnings and information to guide them to a safe place. With the help of satellites and existing systems people do not need internet connection to survive.


What do we need to take our innovation to the next level?

We need money, time and programming experts. We have the current design and content for the app, but not the actual running app.

To achieve this we need developers and data. The data will come from satellites from e.g. the NASA or other institutions, we will combine the data from the satellites with the existing warning systems that are used in for example countries that have a high risk for tsunami’s.

We will work together with governments to find funding. Different governments require different warning systems. For example, the Netherlands has different circumstances and resources than for example African or Asian countries. To realise the project we need approximately €200.000,- to pay for programmers and travel expenses to visit governments in different countries. We need experts in programming and experts in working with satellite data, the development of the project will take around half a year.

Our customers are the governments and the users are normal people. In the beginning the app has to be downloaded by the users, but we will strive for embedment in all the smartphones, so that everyone has it automatically on their phone.

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The app looks the following:

Sources: Scientific literature (Bello & Aina, 2014)


SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.