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CitySmart Challenge

Why CitySmart Europa Challenge?

The Europa Challenge has always had Europe's INSPIRE Directive to guide project development. This year we continue to have INSPIRE guide us and wish to home in on solutions specific to the urban management. The CitySmart Europa Challenge is looking for the world's *best and brightest* to deliver sustainable solutions serving city needs.

How can we help cities work together to be more sustainable, more livable and more resilient? Almost every city needs the same data management tools as every other city. If cities were able to share these functionalities with each other, this would multiply their investment by the number of cities participating. Each city could develop different functionalities and then 'share' these with each other, massively increasing our planet's collective productivity.  

Simply build a great application that serves some aspect of the OpenCitySmart design and uses NASA's open source virtual globe technology, WebWorldWind. Whether you win or not, you will advance a platform that allows every city to win! This challenge is open to all on our home planet. See the 2015 Projects, 2014 Projects and 2013 Projects. China had top teams these past two years, and Italy every year! A USA High School team from Alaska won First Place in 2015! You too can be one of the top teams and take home the NASA Europa Challenge crystal bull!

NWW bull

How to win?

There are two ways to win. One is as a University Project (or High School), and the other is as a Professional Project. The top three teams in each category, University and Professional, will receive the crystal 'Europa Bull' award! And cash prizes for the top three University teams! And of course NASA t-shirts.


University Project

Advance your career opportunities, build a great application that serves any part of the OpenCitySmart design and uses NASA's open source virtual globe technology, WebWorldWind. To do this you must first establish a team of three to five students, from a single University (or High School), with any mix of undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. Graduate students may enter as a single individual (there is *no team requirement for graduate students* but teams are still encouraged!). Each undergraduate team or graduate student must have a mentor. The mentor can be a professor, an associate or assistant professor, or an official lecturer at the same university as the team. Together they decide, design and build a spatial data application that serves local, regional, national or international interests guided by the OpenCitySmart design and the INSPIRE Directive.

Professional SME Project

Same criteria as above only there is no limit on team members or any mentor requirement. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company’s talents, while providing premier value to the world community. And in the process, have some brilliant fun!


Propose your project now! Use the "Challenge 2016" tab to accept the challenge. The deadline to make your project website and code available to the world is July 1 2016. Part of the final submission will be a three-minute video that describes and shows your app in action!

The flyer

Download the World Wind Europa Challenge flyer

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nasa NASA World Wind
polimi Politecnico di Milano - Polo Territoriale di Como
hunagi HUNAGI

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