Excelsior has received the following awards and nominations. Way to go!
NASA collects data from citizen scientists around the world who are looking at clouds, mosquito habitats, and land cover from the GLOBE observer app. These data along with NASA satellite data can be used to identify and communicate information to improve life on Earth. But existing tools and visualizations are not friendly to use and understand. We have each identified problems that can have a global impact and proposed to build an app that solves for them. We have used the data available and identified mosquito habitat cover, deforestation, solar energy adoption and the cash crop chain as few of the problems that need an innovative perspective.
Validating the idea
We brainstormed together to identify problems to solve using the available data by posing short questionnaires to fellow hackathon participants at the venue. In return, we provided feedback to their ideas and created a win-win situation for all!
We learnt a lot from our own research as well. We learnt that the data visualizations available did not clearly provide a protocol of action to take in case a situation arises.
The problems we chose to take up spanned four key categories comprising health, nature, renewable energy and food crops. Each having a global impact if solved sufficiently well. With the time on our hands, we chose the following:
Our Solutions are based on using solid data backed insights and intricate visualizations to help bring awareness and mitigate the potential damage they may cause. We have also used creative solutions based on Machine learning and deep learning models
The link above leads to the web app
Our Final Results
(The site did not allow multiple picture embeds. Hence the visualizations have been linked to the screenshots on our Github repo)
Our solution would not have been possible without these resources:
SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.