Challenge Criteria

Prospective teams will submit their project proposal via the Helsinki NASA Europa Challenge 2017 website by the 7th August. The Europa Challenge Board will accept the project proposal or provide additional guidance for acceptance. Acceptance will be communicated to the project team via email to all team members and their mentor. Teams outside of Europe are welcome to participate!

Finals in Finland 29th – 31th August 2017.

Open Source Project

All final project submittals must use an open source license.

Project Code Release

A projects' software code will not be made public during development. The official code release date is the 7th August 2017 at which time the project teams will make their code public. This can be via,, or other publicly accessible website, such as the participating University or business website.

Short Project Video

Teams must also submit a short video, no longer than 3-minutes, showing the application in action and highlighting the core functionalities; deadline 7th August 2017.

Project Webpage

You will need a webpage that describes your project, with some screenshots and a link to your code repository, documentation and your video; deadline 7th August 2017.

Project Goal

The software application may address any number of issues: scientific research, navigation, aviation and satellite industry, education, city infrastructure (water, sewer, property parcels, etc.), etc.

Project Evaluation Criteria

Sophistication: Level of difficulty, number of functions, data accessibility, degree of challenge to data analysis.
/ 20 points

Performance: Given the amount of data being digested and viewed, in 3D and more intensely in 4D, does the performance appear effective at delivering that data? The more data being managed, the more impressive the program’s ability to deliver it, i.e., 4D > 3D alone.
/ 20 points

User Interface: Intuitive, efficient, allowing control over data selection, time series, etc.
/ 20 points

Website: Documentation sufficient and effective.
/ 20 points

Idea: How compelling is the application purpose? Do you see the application providing significant value to the community being served?
/ 10 points

Outreach: Any coordination with other University departments, outside agencies or the actual user community?
/ 10 points

Project Judging

Judges for the Europa Challenge include the Europa Challenge Board and the mentor from each of the projects. A mentor may not judge their own project nor any project from their own school. The top three teams for each category, High school, Research and Professional Project, will each receive the Europa Challenge crystal bull award.

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