On April 10-12, IBM and NASA are sponsoring an international coding competition that asks developers to create apps related to space exploration. The International Space Apps Challenge, as the contest is called, offers 35 different challenges in four different categories: outer space, earth, humans and robotics. In order to help developers build apps for the competition, IBM is providing free access to its Bluemix cloud development tools, including its MobileFirst, DevOps, Watson Analytics, Internet of Things and Web and Applications services.
“With more than 100 different cloud-based tools ranging from services for Watson Analytics to services for managing data for the Internet of Things, Bluemix provides a global platform for developers to collaborate on as they mine and make sense of that data and ultimately put it to work,” said Sandy Carter, IBM general manager of Cloud Ecosystem and Developers. “As a result, participants are able to speed application development times while building applications using tools that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.”
Competitions winners will receive a free year of Bluemix access plus support from IBM in further developing their apps.